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Gwen Toner

I’m a speech and language therapist with an advanced clinical specialism in Down’s syndrome. I have a small private practice for children who have Down’s syndrome in the York area, and I also work as specialist advisor to the national Down’s Syndrome Association across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. I have many years of experience and specialist training in working with babies, children and teenagers who have Down’s syndrome, delivering individual and small group intervention, and working with other professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team. I have attended the World Down Syndrome Congress on several occasions, as well as the annual Down Syndrome Research Forum. I am passionate about supporting people who have Down’s syndrome, and their families. I very much enjoy all aspects of my work.

In my work with the Down’s Syndrome Association, I can offer specialist speech and language therapy assessments. An assessment will last up to two hours, and will explore all aspects of a child’s speech, language and communication skills, and associated cognitive skills such as attention and listening, memory, conceptual knowledge, play, problem solving. Following an assessment, I can provide a detailed written report, which will include recommendations for the type and frequency of speech and language therapy needed for a child. Parents may submit my report to inform provision in their child’s EHCP. The report will be written on Down’s Syndrome Association headed paper, and will reflect the views of the national Down’s Syndrome Association, as well as my views as a clinician with expertise in Down’s syndrome. 

1:1 support for feeding or communication

If you would like support regarding your child's feeding or communication you are able to book a 1:1 slot with Gwen which will take place during the Stay and Play sessions. If you would like to try using a Honey Bear feeding bottle Gwen can guide you on this and Shine21 will provide you with a bottle. Sessions must be booked in advance using the below form. If you have any queries please contact Louise Mouncey. 



EHCP Support

A specialist assessment costs £350 for members of the Down’s Syndrome Association, and £450 for non-members. The cost difference is because the DSA subsidises assessment fees for DSA members. 


Please see the below link for more details.

Stay and Play Autumn Dates

21 September 2021
19 October 2021

23 November 2021

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