Access to Communication Speech and Language Therapy

Our aim is to support the development of communication and interaction skills for individuals who have complex communication needs.

We work with individuals and their support networks to build functional and autonomous communication skills

About Us

Access to Communication was formed in 2019 by Abigail Lawton following 10 years of working as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in both NHS and school settings

Following a relocation back to South Devon (Dartmouth) where Abi grew up, she made the decision to start her own Speech and Language Therapy service. 

Today, Access to Communications works across the South West of England in supporting individuals with complex communication needs. 

Meet the Team

Abigail Lawton

Lead Speech & Language Therapist

Amelia Poore

Speech & Language Therapist

Tanita Lewis

Speech & Language Therapist

Our Services

1 to 1 Assessments

All assessments are carried out by one of our qualified and RCSLT registered Speech and Language Therapists. Sessions will either be online via video call using our specialised software or within the home, school or support environments accessed by an individual (i.e day services, respite care).

Speech & Language Therapy

Individual Speech and Language therapy sessions can be delivered following a recent comprehensive assessment either by us or following a recent, assessment by another qualified Speech and Language therapist. These sessions can be face to face to online via video call.

Support Network Training

We can provided bespoke training packages for an individual and their support networks at home, within schools or support services, to ensure people understand the individuals communication and interaction needs and how best to support them.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems

An Augmentative and Alternative Communication system is a means of communication which either supports or provides and alternative means of communication, to spoken communication. These systems are often referred to as high tech or low tech communication systems.

Our Approach

We are highly passionate about enabling everyone to have a means of communication. We work with individuals and their support networks to develop new and improve existing communication and or interaction skills and to foster new skills to support the individual to be heard and have more power and autonomy over their own lives.

Much of the work we do is focused on using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems to develop an individual’s functional communication and interaction skills. Either supporting the development of, or providing an alternative to verbal communication.

Our ethos is to place the individual at the centre of our work and establish realistic aims for therapeutic intervention with an individual and their support network. We have experience in working with both children and adults with a range of complex communication needs and associated learning disability.

Free 15 minute consultation

No obligation call to discuss how speech and language therapy could support you and to understand the individual needs.

Customer Reviews

Clare Boyne
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My son has had speech and language therapy, specifically looking at social interaction and communication with Abi since October 2020. I cannot rate her more highly. The positive difference in my son in just a few short months from having her intervention has been so clear to see for us as a family. My son looks forward to her sessions. We highly recommend her as a therapist and can't thank her enough for the fantastic work she is doing.
Sophie Tucker
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Myself and my 3 1/2 year old son, met with Abi yesturday for the first time. She was fantastic and after the session I felt much more positive. She gave a lot of useful information and got George involved through different games. The session summary was emailed to us. It was very detailed and covered absolutely everything that we had discussed. We rebooked straight after the first session and we will be seeing Abi again in a fortnight. Would highly recommend.


All Speech and Language Therapists working or acting on behalf of Access to Communication have qualified from university with a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy and have an active memberships with both The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).