Grow Communication

Helping unlock communication in central Scotland


Grow Communication – “passionate about unlocking potential”

“As a family we had been struggling for a long time and were not able to get any support or validation for our concerns. A friend told us about Grow Communication and we arranged for a pre assessment with Katy. We cannot begin to express how much this has helped our family. Katy listened to all we had to say with compassion and it was such a relief to know someone with professional expertise was acknowledging us. More importantly, she totally understood where we were coming from and advised us accordingly. The pre assessment has quite literally offered our family a lifeline that we so urgently needed and we are so grateful to Katy for all she has done for us. We cannot recommend Grow Communication highly enough” family of 5 yr old attending for pre-assessment

“I’m very glad that we chose your service as you’ve held my hand all the way through.  We are finding the report informative and helpful as a very comprehensive break down of Our daughter’s difficulties. It is providing a backdrop of evidence that is helping us to fight for the right targeted support from health and education. Without it, we would not have the cooperation of the team to put in the right strategies for support. This journey has been made smoother and less stressful by the support Jude and Suzy have given, in liaising with school and health professionals on our behalf and providing us with much needed emotional support and stamina.

I am so thankful to have found your service; it is proving to be the turning point in what has been a long, exhausting and depleting parental journey. At last, we understand why our daughter has so many daily struggles and finally we have recognition of her difficulties from school (because of the report).

We also really appreciate the after-care – that you are still helping us to understand and develop strategies to help her. For the first time ever, we don’t have to justify our concerns, persuade that there’s a problem or defend our parenting style. Thank-you!” Parents of 12 year old (Diagnostic Autism Assessment)

“Katy began working with our family and we have not looked back. We learned new ways to communicate with him so that he never felt under pressure and she has supported us for his first ever trip abroad on an airplane! She has given everyone in the family tips and tools that help him and has given us an understanding of why he is feeling how he is. Katy is approachable and no question is embarrassing or silly as she always has suggestions on how to help. Our family home has become lots happier in the time she has been around.”                                     Parent of 6 year old

“Jude was very  easy to work with.  She made a huge effort to  help our child with his language development and also helped us, parents to understand better our child’s difficulties and how better to support him.

Right from the start Jude provided us with several strategies which helped immensely to improve our child’s communication and social skills. Also, Jude went far and beyond to address our questions and worries.

She stayed in touch with other specialists who were involved, trying her best to support us.  Overall, we are very pleased being able to work with Jude and would definitely recommend her as highly professional speech therapist.”

Parents of 4 year-old

Jude came to visit us in the summer of 2016. She immediately took on board what we needed with my daughter who has a rare genetic syndrome, has lots of language at home, all be it repetitive, but is mute without any family there for reassurance. 

We live in England and had hunted everywhere for an understanding salt, one who would listen to me, see Ellie’s potential, and be prepared to help us get Ellie’s voice out there in whichever way possible. Amazingly I met Jude on a selective mutism forum, even more amazingly she agreed she would travel to England to meet us for a day!

Jude was that understanding speech therapist I had been looking for, and more, she was so friendly and understanding. Her calm nature put us all at ease and she had Ellie interacting with her early on in the session. Jude had a podd book with her which Ellie showed an interest in, Jude modelled through the day on the podd book and Ellie watched intently all the time. Jude completely understood Ellie’s potential and even managed to get a talking mats session in with Ellie too.

Jude wrote a fantastically detailed report, staff at Ellie’s school were really thankful to have such an insight into Ellie’s needs. Jude also listened to me, as Ellie’s mum, she empathised with all my concerns and strived to help in the best way possible. Thanks to her I now have the confidence and ability to help my daughter have a voice. I only wish we lived nearer so we could get more input from Jude.”

Parent of 18-year old. August 2017


“When Ross was first identified as possibly being autistic we were told that early intervention was very important. There seemed to be a lot of conflicting information about what the best course of action to take was and I found the whole experience extremely daunting. We were very lucky that a friend recommended Jude, as her approach fitted in very well with the sort of help we were looking for with Ross. Autism is a very broad and complex condition, it was difficult to know where to start. Jude suggested areas to work on after careful discussion with us regarding Ross’s particular difficulties. I think the observations Jude made of Ross at nursery were very effective. She was able to see what Ross was trying to communicate and identify areas where he needed specific support. This made a huge difference to Ross at nursery and we noticed an improvement in Ross very quickly. 

Ross has now been given an official diagnosis of ASD. Initially I was very anxious about an ASD diagnosis but it feels as though Jude has opened a door for Ross to be able to interact with his peers in the way that he wants. The gap between Ross and his peers has narrowed. We still have work to do but I feel much more confident of his progress in the future”

Parents of 5 year-old, July 2017


“Jude has a lovely calm manner, and quickly made our daughters and us feel very comfortable.  She clearly has a great deal of knowledge and experience in her field, and has had many suggestions of strategies for us to adopt at home and school.  She has been a great source of support in terms of identifying and communicating the relevant issues for school. Thank you Jude!”

Parents of 8 year-old, June 2017

“Before we met Jude, working with Speech Therapy had often felt like a box ticking exercise …… We had seen very little progress in nearly 2 years.  We are involved with many professionals on our journey, but it has always felt that Jude sees the potential in our son and works hard to help him unlock it.

Jude introduced his first communication system when others felt he wasn’t ready, and slowly but surely his “voice” (albeit in pictures) is emerging.  Jude has always spent time during our appointments explaining her approach and helping us to understand how we can support our son at home (as well as strategies for nursery), and that has been truly invaluable.  We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jude Philip to anyone, and we cannot express our gratitude enough for her support”

Parents of 4 year-old with Autism, May 2017

“Jude is a very good therapist, her interaction with my son is brilliant.  He has come on a lot since Jude started working with him over 10 months ago.  Jude has an individual approach, gives great advice and always has a positive attitude”

Parent of 8 year-old with Autism, June 2017

“Jude, we can’t thank you enough for how you have helped our family.  Your friendly, enthusiastic and professional approach has made a huge difference to our daughter’s life.  You have been an enormous support and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you to any parents needing your services”

Parents of 10 year old girl with Autism and Selective Mutism, May 2017

“My son Ethan has been diagnosed with Autism and Global Delayed Development. Jude does not operate a one size fits all limited  therapy.  She focused on Ethan’s particular needs. Ethan enjoyed learning with Jude.  She encouraged us with lots of “learning through play” suggestions for us to use as a family everyday. 

I found Jude to be optimistic and positive regarding Ethan’s progress.  Jude provided us with therapy above and beyond our expectations.Parent of 4 year-old, Sept 2016

“Jude has been a positive influence on Matthew and has struck up a wonderful relationship with Matthew.  Jude has also helped us understand Matthew more and helped us to help Matthew.

Matthew’s speech and social development have been noticeable over the last few months thanks to Jude’s tuition and thanks to her relationship with Matthew, he has been working very hard independently to improve.”

Parents of 11 year old. August 2016

“Jude has been amazingly supportive and already within a matter of days of the assessment we are seeing real improvements in the outcomes for our daughter. We couldn’t have made this progress without Jude. My only regret is not getting Jude in sooner. We have already shouted from the rooftops about how valuable Jude’s input has been and we will continue to recommend her to everyone and anyone. We will gladly continue to seek Jude’s input, she is such a knowledgeable, experienced and caring professional, we definitely value everything she has to offer.

Thank you so much Jude, you’ve given our daughter opportunities we were worried she might never have. We are eternally grateful.”

Parents of 2 Year old girl, ASD assessment.   July 2016

“From the initial consultation, the information and advice which has been offered has been very useful and insightful. The assessments were thorough and the strategies, especially the vocabulary building, showed positive impact almost immediately.  Other strategies highlighted in the report …. also helped improve reading and comprehension far more quickly than the strategies which had been used to date.

The flexible nature of the sessions in school allowed staff to work alongside you and transfer teaching approaches back into the classroom which was most beneficial to both staff and the pupil.  We can’t thank you enough for all of your help and support over the session we have learned a great deal from working with you.”

Feedback from ASN Teacher of 10 year old with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and Literacy difficulties – June 2016

“Inspiring… Innovative… Great presentation… Brilliant strategies… Really good, relevant information… A holistic view of communication skills.”

Feedback from Jude’s session at Conference for Preschool teachers – May 2016 – “Making sense of communication for children with complex needs”

“Excellent work with our daughter, it’s given her another   level of confidence to help achieve her goals in and out of primary class. Many many thanks, you’ve made a happy  girl a very happy, more confident girl which has helped prepare her for her future.” 

Parents of 10 year-old. April 2016

“Jude it has been a pleasure working with you, helping us understand Callum and his individual needs.  We now do not see autism as “problem” we plan to take it and embrace it!  You have helped us realize that this is not an illness and he is not broken, nor has he got a piece missing, in actual fact we now know he has an extra piece that makes him a very special individual.”

Parents of 7 year-old. March 2016

 “Jude was very reassuring… and just knew what we needed.  Jude has made it very easy for us to understand our daughter’s condition and we are very happy” …. “it takes the struggle out of how to help her”. “Jude is fantastic, very understanding, very kind. Our daughter thinks she is great”.

Parents of 11 year-old. Feb 2016.

“Jude has went above and beyond with help and support not only for our son but for the whole family. Our son loved his assessment sessions.  We now have some added support from nursery since they have read Jude’s very detailed and indepth report – had we not had this we could quite possibly have been waiting a while!  Would highly recommend Jude for support, advice and guidance with any Speech and Language worries”.  Mum of 3 1/2 year old. Nov 2015

We first approached Jude as parents wanting answers. We needed someone to acknowledge us and what we were thinking.  It’s always been clear to us that our son has set ways, he has some sensory issues, he struggles to understand emotions, he has issues with lashing out (for what seems like nothing at all). He’s the most loving little boy and we wanted to help him through all this.  

Jude recognised the issues on her first visit and supported us from then on. She built strategies for us to use with our son, suggested using visuals which has helped a huge amount, suggested using white boards to break down communication and to use sign language.

Her understanding and passion in helping us was amazing and very much appreciated. She helped us not just as a family of three but our whole family, both sides.  Judith wrote a very in depth report and even attended our review meeting with nursery and health professionals that has resulted in our son being put on the ASD Assessment pathway.”  Mum of 4 year-old. Nov 2015


“Jude has been working with my 20 year old son with Speech and Language Therapy.  He has Autism and Selective Mutism.  Today he said a very quiet yes to one of his carers after months of teaching him to cook.    He hasn’t spoken to anyone outside the family for a very long time”.   Mum of 20 year-old – November 2015

“Jude’s natural ability to empathise and individualise, coupled with her training and experience and vast toolkit, create a gentle, focused therapy.  She has helped us find a framework and language to deal with change, for our son with ASD.  Her ideas led to a dramatic change in his anxiety about a major building project – from “you cannot knock that wall down!” to rating his feeling as “Big Excited” related to the change and how to celebrate it”.

Mum of 10 year-old – Aug 2015

“In the short time of meeting my son you’ve done an excellent job of recommending next steps.  Many thanks for all your ideas.””I would definitely recommend Jude Philip.”Mum of 15 year-old with complex ASD – July 2015

“I have found the course of therapy sessions very helpful and will continue to practice the exercises in the future.  Jude has given me very useful advice to help with my communication skills and has helped to show me how to evaluate my abilities to communicate and how to improve my communication in order to achieve my goals.” David, Age 23   – June 2015

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