Meet the Team
The Autism Practice is a team of Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Assistant Psychologists with specialist skills in assessing and working with neurodiverse children, young people, and adults.Dr Kate Baldry
Kate specialises in working with autistic children, young people, and adults. She worked in NHS services prior to independent practice, with a background in autism services, learning disability services, and child and adolescent mental health. Kate is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and has been working in the field of clinical psychology for almost 15 years, beginning her career working as an Assistant Psychologist in a school for autistic adolescents. She has worked with autistic children, young people, and adults, both with and without intellectual impairment, throughout her career across different settings. Kate leads and contributes to the team’s diagnostic assessments of children and young people who may be autistic and/or have ADHD and works therapeutically with neurodiverse children, young people, and adults.
Hayley has extensive experience of working with children and young people with speech, language, and communication needs both in the UK and internationally. She is an HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist and has completed a master’s degree in education focusing on autism. Hayley works with schools and families to support children and young people’s needs, including those who are autistic and have additional and complex needs. Hayley contributes to the practice’s team assessment of autism in children and young people, and has skills in diagnostic assessment of autism, in addition to her therapeutic skills. Hayley is the older sibling of a young man with severe learning difficulties and draws upon her lifelong experience of growing up with special educational needs when working with children, young people, and their families.
Laura has a background working in child and adolescent mental health and paediatric psychology, as well as experience of working with neurodiverse children and young people. She is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the field of clinical psychology for almost 15 years, working across settings including within NHS teams, prior to independent practice. Laura has experience of working with Looked After Children and brings this knowledge and understanding to her work with the team. Laura contributes to the team’s diagnostic assessment of children and young people who may be autistic and/or have ADHD.
Katie has worked in the field of psychology for over 7 years and has worked in both the NHS and private sector before joining the practice. She has a degree in Applied Psychology (BSc) and is working towards qualifying as a Counsellor. Katie has experience of working therapeutically with both adults and children. She contributes to the team’s diagnostic assessments of autism and ADHD in children and young people, often liaising with schools and completing cognitive assessments. Katie is also helping to develop our early support pathway under the supervision of the Clinical Psychologists in the team, working with neurodiverse children and young people who are experiencing difficulties managing feelings of anxiety and anger, and those who experience specific phobias and may be experiencing low self-esteem.