Meet the Team

We are an innovative team of therapy, education and product specialists dedicated to creating fun and functional opportunities and resources for picture communication. We also provide professional support for those who live and work with children and young people who have communication needs.

We are committed to providing excellent products and services that reflect current research and best practice. In addition to being qualified and experienced, our staff maintain appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Bethan de Mel
Founder, Head of Therapy, Speech and Language Therapist

Bethan has spent over a decade working with local children and young people who have communication needs. She has been trained in a variety of techniques including The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Makaton, Hanen, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Bethan's approach is naturalistic, keeping the child and their family at the centre of therapy. She holds a BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. She previously worked with the NHS and the private sector overseas. 

Maira Kalpogiannaki
Playroom Manager & Play Therapist

Maira joined the team in January 2018 as our Playroom Manager and Play Therapist for children who have learning and/or communication needs. She also works independently running her own practice 'Play Therapy Foundation' providing play therapy for children and adolescents whose difficulties do not relate to additional learning or communication needs. 

Maira has a degree in Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) from the University of Gloucestershire. She also holds two masters degrees: MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play (Swansea University) and MSc in Child Psychology (Kingston University).