At Chatterbox, we understand that an integrated and balanced approach is essential in assisting your child’s development. We provide Speech and Language Therapy for children and adults, Occupational Therapy for children and adults, Physiotherapy for children and adults and Massage Therapy. We also run a Playschool for children aged 2-5 years, a toddler programme (Chattertots) for children aged 1-2 years and training for parents and professionals.
We are able to provide a comprehensive assessment for you child and recommendations for therapy based on the diagnosis. Our approach to therapy and education is based on established and evidence-based tools, to achieve the best outcomes. We work hard to facilitate communication and developmental skills and make sure a team approach is used every step of the way.
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We invite you to look through our website and learn more about us and to also visit us at our central location in the Cayman Islands. Our facility is fully registered with the Health Practice Commission of the Cayman Islands and the Education Council. Our staff have over 50 years experience in working with children.
Phone: 949 7065
When Chatterbox opened in October 2010, as a speech and language therapist, I was only able to provided help for children with speech, language, literacy and other communication disorders, but could see a huge need for children (and adult) services that I either couldn’t provide myself or just didn’t have time to do with a full time caseload.
I saw the need for a small Playschool, where children could play and learn in an inclusive, small group setting with qualified teachers and therapists and was able to find a teacher who shared my dream and we started with just one child, who thrived in our little Playschool.
Soon, our Playschool grew and now we have a morning and afternoon programme for children aged 2 through 5 years.
Our aim in our Playschool is to get children ready for wherever they are going next. They might be planning to attend a mainstream preschool or school or a special school and we can help with all areas of a child’s development.
In our Playschool, we work on language development, motor development, social skills, feeding and toileting. We incorporate arts & crafts, music, movement and lots of fun activities to help children to learn. We are in constant contact with parents and involve them in setting goals, monitoring process and sharing daily successes.
In 2013, we added a social worker to help coordinate services and work with families to help them to navigate the maze of options for their children. She can facilitate meetings with all professionals who might be involved in helping a child and also provide support for families during meetings, as sometimes multi-disciplinary meetings can be overwhelming for parents.
Part of her role is to explain all of the services and supports which are available to children in Cayman and help parents to understand what each family might need for themselves and their children.
At around the same time, we found a fun and knowledgeable occupational therapist to start our occupational therapy department and add to the range of services that we could offer to help both children and adults under one roof. There is no one size fits all approach for therapy and education and we use the most appropriate programme for your needs.
After spending close to 4 years trying to find new premises, which were affordable and able to accommodate children (this is way more difficult than you could imagine!), we moved to Bermuda House in May 2018. We now have space to expand our services even more and have lots of new ideas up our sleeves!
We also now have a Centre Co-ordinator, who can help with general enquiries and also welcomes families into our facility, completes insurance claim forms and generally helps out with all of our administration tasks (which we hate!). In 2019 we added massage therapy to the services that we offer and our massage therapist offers a variety of healing and calming massages and also runs baby massage classes, where parents learn techniques that they can use on their babies.
Our latest addition to our multidisciplinary team is our physiotherapist, who works with both children and adults.
We love working as a team to problem solve and help children and adults reach their goals and we pride ourselves on being friendly, approachable and open.
Our philosophy is “We’re here to help” and this is at the core of every interaction we have throughout our day.
Meet Our Team
Introducing the Chatterbox Team
Director/Senior Speech and Language Therapist
B.Sc. Speech and Language Pathology, CertMRCSLT.
Certified to run Hanen “It Takes Two To Talk”, “More Than Words” and “Talkability” programs.
I have worked in private practice for 15 years, with 31 years experience as a speech and language therapist. Originally from the UK, I worked for the National Health Service for 10 years, gaining a wide variety of experience working with children and adults. Since moving to the Cayman Islands in 1999, I worked in the Government school system for 6 years, before moving in to private practice.
I love working closely with parents to teach them the skills needed to help their children develop age appropriate speech, language and literacy skills.
I love helping children and adults to be able to communicate and cannot imagine working in any other field.
Phone: 926 1693
Speech and Language Therapist/Audiologist
B.A. Speech and Hearing Therapy
Lexi is a dually qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist all the way from sunny South Africa.
After completing her degree she worked at a government hospital, where she managed the speech and audiology department independently. She has managed a varied caseload ranging from neonates to adults and geriatrics, in both speech therapy and audiology. Being dually qualified, Lexi has a unique set of skills. Due to her second qualification in the field of audiology, she has experience working with children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) and the hearing impaired population.
Lexi also has much experience working with the adult population. She has worked with adults who have suffered neurological incidents such as strokes and traumatic brain injury and their consequent impairments, namely: expressive and/or receptive language impairments, swallowing and feeding difficulties, speech impairments and cognitive impairments.
She has been on further training in the areas of: Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), “Speech Motor Learning” (SML) programme for Apraxia, Hands on Autism (training incorporating principles of PECS, TEAACH, Makaton and AAC) and management of the child with Cerebral Palsy.
Lexi is outgoing, extraverted, enthusiastic, hard working and extremely passionate about her vocation. Lexi is thrilled to be joining the Chatterbox team and will expand upon the current services offered at Chatterbox, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adults experiencing a wide range of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing related impairments.
Phone: 949 7065
Julise de Wet
B.A. Occupational Therapy
Julise is an Occupational Therapist from South Africa. After her final practical year, she worked for a government hospital and treated a wide variety of diagnoses. She worked within various Hospital Units, getting treatment experience for different patient needs.
In paediatrics she focused on cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays and early intervention for premature babies. She has completed her Introduction to the Clinical Analysis, Treatment and Management of children with Cerebral Palsy Course.
She is skilled in school and developmental evaluations and providing clear reports and goals for her clients.
Within the adult population, she has experience in treating and rehabilitating adults with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, amputees and cognitive impairments.
Julise is also skilled in the fabrication of static and dynamic splinting of various hand injuries.
Julise a very hard worker and loves what she does. Her therapy is patient-directed and she evaluates and treats each client according to their own specific needs.
Phone: 949 7065
Speech and Language Therapist/Massage Therapist
MSc. Speech and Language Therapy, CertMRCSLT
Diploma in Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage
I have recently returned back home to the Cayman Islands after competing my Master’s degree in Speech and Language Therapy in the UK.
I am qualified to work with both children and adults and am also certified to run Hanen “More Than Words” workshops. Helping people towards reaching their full communication potential in a fun, educational and relaxed setting is something very close to my heart, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to do this here at Chatterbox!
I have also worked as a Massage Therapist for over six years and I provide a variety of massages, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai Foot, Hot and Cold Stone, and Indian Head Massage. I also run wonderful baby massage classes!
In my spare time I enjoy playing squash, swimming, reading and playing the guitar…although looking after my two young children does well to keep me occupied!
Phone: 949 7065
Shanae assists Steph with teaching the children who our Playschool. She is kind and gentle and helps our children to relax and learn to their full potential.
She knows exactly when to step in and help a child to complete a task and when to let them figure things out by themselves.
Since joining the Chatterbox team, she has learned a great deal about children’s learning styles and strategies to help them reach their individual goals.
She also helps out with preparing materials for the Playschool and for other team members.
I am a chartered physiotherapist originally from the U.K. I have recently moved over to this amazing island full of stunning beaches and beautiful people. I have been made to feel very welcome and I am humbled to now call the Cayman Islands home.
I studied physiotherapy at Brunel University in London. Throughout my studies, I gained experience in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy, intensive care and respiratory physiotherapy, Neurorehabilitation, Community physiotherapy and I was also very lucky to gain experience with a professional rugby league team, the London Bronco’s.
During university I also worked at a local Six Physio clinic as a sports massage therapist after doing an extra qualification after my first year of university.
Once qualified, I worked as a rotational physiotherapist at St. Peter’s Hospital in Surrey. There I worked in trauma and orthopaedics for a busy 7 months before rotating around to paediatrics. Whilst also working in paediatrics I also assisted on the respiratory rota doing on calls and weekends in the intensive care unit.
I absolutely love my job and I am very passionate about what I do. I love sharing my knowledge and empowering my patients into taking control of whatever injury or condition they have.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Chatterbox team as their first physiotherapist and I look forward to setting up rehab pathways for patients, including individual and group sessions.
Phone: 949 7065
Marshanni assists Helen with teaching and caring for the children who attend our Playschool. She is a young Caymanian who holds an Associates degree in Primary Education.
She strives to meet each individual’s needs and follow their lead on their unique learning paths. Her goal is make sure every child is heard, cared for, and happy while learning and meeting their personal goals.
She helps to ensure the safety and care of each student. She also helps maintain the environment of fun and learning within the classroom by preparing materials and doing hands-on work with students.”
Phone: 949 7065
Ali is the glue that holds us together!
She is our Centre Co-ordinator and keeps our educational and healthcare facility running smoothly. She was born in the UK, but moved to South Africa when she was tiny. She has managed many different types of facility and is super organised, friendly and our calming presence when anyone is feeling frazzled.
She helps families with arranging therapy and making health insurance claims and team members to stay organised.
Phone: 949 7065
Playschool Leader/Play Therapist
Level 4 BTEC Diploma Hospital Play for Sick Children and young Children
Level 3 NVQ Early Years Care
Level 4 NVQ Childcare and Management presence when anyone is feeling frazzled.
Hello, I am Ms. Helen. I am a childcare and early educational professional from the UK with almost 20 years experience, working in a variety of early learning and childcare settings.
Prior to joining the Chatterbox team, I most recently worked for the National Health Service in the UK for 4 years. During this time, I worked at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, as a play therapist.
I am extremely passionate about early years learning intervention and adopt a fun and energetic approach to helping children to learn and develop.
Phone: 949 7065