Welcome to ACT for Yorkshire Ltd. With a combined experience of nearly 40 years working as Speech & Language Therapists in the NHS, Tessa Ackerman and Zoe Coates have set up in independent practice. We provide a specialist service for adults with communication and swallowing difficulties following a neurological condition such as:

We also treat people with


" In September 2013, my husband Peter had a stroke. He was diagnosed with Aphasia. After a month of excellent care and kindness to all our family by the staff on The Stroke Ward at Airedale Hospital, Peter was able to come home.

The physical effects of Peter's stroke were not too bad but where to go next to get help with his Aphasia? We suddenly felt quite 'cast adrift'. A search on the internet led us to the clear and informative site of ACT for Yorkshire and our emailed enquiry was answered promptly. We were introduced to Tessa Ackerman and were pleased to find that Tessa was prepared to make home visits. There soon followed an assessment by Tessa of Peter's needs followed by clearly defined description of a recommended series of sessions of therapy.

We felt supported by Tessa's kindness and by her obvious expertise. Peter soon relaxed and Tessa tailored the sessions to Peter's needs and moods. As a family we were so grateful for Tessa's explanations and guidance as we made the journey through the complications linked to Aphasia.

We are encouraged by the knowledge that after the sessions we had, we can seek Tessa's advice at any time and review Peter's progress. The perfect mixture of professionalism and family support that Tess displays leads us to whole heartedly recommend ACT for Yorkshire to anyone 'floundering' in the aftermath of stroke or any of the other conditions that ACT for Yorkshire can help with." - Judith W


Aphasia Etiquette

The BBC's interrogator-in-chief John Humphrys, has provided the voice for this 'aphasia etiquette' video. It's an illustrated guide highlighting the challenges facing people with aphasia. It points out the key ideas of Ask, Wait, Listen. People with aphasia say that it helps to ask questions where the answers can be "yes", "no" or "I don't understand"; to wait for them to reply and to listen carefully to what they try to say.