About Us

Tessa AckermanTessa Ackerman

MPhil (Psychology)
BSc Clinical Language Sciences

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1990 and worked in the NHS in Leeds until 2011. I am an experienced specialist in the treatment of adults with acquired neurological disorders of communication and swallowing.

I offer therapy to people with complex communication disorders, particularly to people with aphasia; a communication disability involving language (understanding, reading, writing) and speech which often occurs after a stroke or head injury. I have many years' experience of providing individual and group therapy to people with chronic aphasia and their families. I have done research into aphasia; published academic articles and lectured to university students. I am a member of the committee of the British Aphasiology Society.

I have extensive experience in both individual and group therapy for people with dysarthria. I am qualified to provide LSVT; the intensive therapy recommended in the NICE guidelines for people with Parkinson's.

I also have many years' experience of treating people with neurogenic or functional voice disorders (dysphonia).

Zoe CoatesZoe Coates

Speech & Language
Pathology and Therapeutics

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in Birmingham in 1994, and have worked for NHS Trusts in the West Midlands and across the Yorkshire region. Prior to setting up in independent practice, I spent 14 years working for the adult Speech and Language Therapy service in Leeds.

Since 1996, my clinical work has been solely with adults who have acquired neurological disorders. I am an experienced specialist in dealing with complex communication and swallowing problems arising from neurological conditions such as stroke, and progressive neurological conditions like Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington's Disease.

I have a particular interest in how new technology can benefit clients both as a therapy tool and to enhance communication. Such technology includes ipad apps, computer therapy software and communication aids. ACT for Yorkshire Ltd. can help you access these if they are appropriate for you.

I am qualified to provide LSVT treatment for people with Parkinson's Disease.