About us

Access to Communication is a highly-regarded professional service dedicated to improving the lives of those facing challenges with their communication skills. The practice is led by Abi, a highly specialist speech and language therapist with a diverse range of experience in the paediatric and adult learning disability sectors.

Meet the team

Abigail Lawton

Founder and Lead Speech & Langauge Therapist

Abigail Lawton - Founder and Lead Speech and Language Therapist

I am the clinical director of Access to Communication. Since qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2010, I have dedicated my career to working with individuals with complex communication disorders, particularly autism, learning disabilities, and individuals with brain injury. I focus on developing tailored and creative communication systems, conducting detailed assessments and formulating person-centred management plans. After a career across various sectors and client groups.

I established my independent clinical practice in 2020, aiming to provide high-quality, bespoke, client-led services across the Southwest. I particularly wanted to provide specialist knowledge and expertise regarding the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to support the development of expersssive spoken communication or to be used as an alternative to spoken communication. I have qualified in a range of specialist areas including Pragmatically Organised Dynamic Display, Gestalt Language Processing.

Tanita Lewis

Speech & Langauge Therapist

Tanita Lewis - Speech and Language Therapist

I have been working as a speech and language therapist since 2021. I am highly motivated through personal experiences to ensure everyone has the opportunity to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts and ideas. I have a specialist interest in working with individuals with Speech, language and communication (SLCN) needs alongside social, emotional, and mental health needs (SEMH).

Sara Passmore

Speech & Langauge Therapy Assistant

Sara Passmore - Speech and Language therapy assistant

Growing up with two younger brothers with additional needs, I’ve always been passionate about advocacy and support. With 17 years of experience in various settings, I have developed a rich understanding of SLT, complemented by my studies in Health and Social Care, Counselling, and Therapeutic Play Skills. My passion for AAC was further fueled by training in Selective Mutism and attending a PODD course. I am devoted to helping others achieve their communication goals and inspiring belief in their endless potential.

Would you like to work with our team?

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Recruiting Now

Band 5 Speech & Language Therapist
Part-Time Term Time Only + 3 Additional Clinical Admin Weeks – 41 Weeks


Full-Time = Full-Time Hours/52 Weeks A Year

Hours And Flexibility Can Be Discussed

Our Credentials

At Access to Communication, we value professionalism and competency above all else. Each of our therapists holds a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and maintains registration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council. Moreover, all our therapists are proud members of The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). By adhering to the rigorous guidelines of these esteemed institutions, we ensure the delivery of exceptional services to all our clients.