We are an independent, multidisciplinary assessment centre for children and young people who are deaf, established in 2000. We work with any child or young person who is deaf aged 0-19 years, irrespective of their communication mode.

We are able to offer assessments with an Educational Psychologist, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Teacher of the Deaf and Audiologist, all of whom are very experienced at working with children and young people who are deaf. Parents comment that they highly value the multidisciplinary team approach. Following the assessment, parents receive a detailed report.

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Frances McMenemy


Frances has worked as Administrator for the Burwood team since September 2007 and will be the first point of contact when booking an assessment. She ensures that everything runs smoothly in the run up to an assessment and during the day. She is happy to find answers to any queries that you may have.



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Lorna Gravenstede

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist/Head of Centre

Lorna has worked with hearing children in community clinics and hearing impaired children in mainstream schools, specialist schools for the deaf and resource bases. She has a Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language and has worked with children who use BSL, sign supported English and those who communicate orally. Lorna is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council.


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Roberta Smith

Educational Psychologist

Formerly Headteacher of residential special schools for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties, Robbie trained as an Educational Psychologist and has worked for Local Authorities, Independent Schools, charities and as an independent practitioner. She has specialised in working with students with ASD, Attachment, ADHD and other related conditions and has worked closely with multi professional groups in assessing, diagnosing and supporting children, families and school staff.


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Joy Rosenberg

Teacher of the Deaf/Audiological Scientist

Over the span of more than 3 decades in the USA, Philippines and the UK, Joy has worked in classroom, clinic, research and higher education venues. As a Teacher of the Deaf and Educational Audiologist, she has supported children and families; in mainstream, resource units, special schools and individual therapy; using oral/aural, cued speech, total communication and sign bilingual methods. She has previously been involved with quality assurance consultancy for the Newborn Hearing Screening programme, and currently is Programme Tutor for the University of Hertfordshire postgraduate courses with Mary Hare in Education of the Deaf, Early Years and Audiology.



Fiona Boxley-Lang

Educational Psychologist

Fiona's career began working with children with severe behaviour difficulties and then progressed to teaching in inner city Birmingham and Leicester. After training as an EP she developed a special interest in children with hearing impairments (HI). Fiona was formerly the Principal Educational Psychologist in Wiltshire, before that she was a Senior Educational Psychologist in Leicestershire. She now runs a successful national independent psychology company.



Julie Heald

BA Hons (Education and Audiology)

Julie is a qualified and experienced Teacher of the Deaf, who graduated from the 4 year Teacher of the Deaf training course at Manchester University in 1985. Julie has had a long career teaching deaf children and young people across London and the South East, within nursery, primary and secondary resource provision and also at a school for the deaf. She has also managed a large primary resource base for deaf children.

In addition, Julie has worked within a local authority sensory team, supporting pupils aged 0-19 years, working with families and deaf children at home and in a variety of school based and early years settings. During this time she has worked closely with the Cochlear Implant Team in Southampton and the Audiology department at the local hospital. Julie has also represented her local authority at various action groups dedicated to improving education for deaf children. Julie has a Level 2 Certificate in BSL from the CACDP and has worked with children and families with widely varying communication needs. In addition to contributing to assessments at the Burwood Centre Julie also teaches on a course for trainee teachers of the deaf, supervising their teaching placements and also contributes to short courses run for professionals who work with hearing impaired children.



Dr Rosemary Thomasson

MA, BA, Educational Psychologist

Rosie Thomasson is a profoundly deaf Educational and Child Psychologist. She practises part-time within a Local Authority and in particular, provides psychological consultation for outreach services supporting families with complex SEN and behaviour.

Rosie has previously worked for Slough, Harrow and Buckinghamshire County Council. Rosie is trained in the National Deaf Children's Society's (NDCS) Positive Parenting Programme, Mellow Parenting and Video Interactive Guidance. Rosie was a Trustee Governor for the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education for six years, giving her experience in school effectiveness for deaf pupils.

Both undergraduate and doctorate research at Oxford and UCL have focused on Theory of Mind in deaf children and the social inclusion of deaf children in mainstream schools. Rosie is registered with the Heath and Care Professions Council (reg. no: PYL27197).