Our vision is that all children with Down’s syndrome in Buckinghamshire throughout their early years, have the opportunity to reach their full potential through speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Our mission is to provide children with Down’s syndrome with responsive, high quality therapeutic support that enriches their lives and supports their families.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can be beneficial from any age, even from birth. Sparkles are working with a team of experienced occupational therapists who are highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of children with learning, behavioural and developmental difficulties. We offer

Speech and Language

Generally, your child can start speech and language therapy with Sparkles once they are able to sit unaided, but each child is different and placed in a group according to ability and not age. Our speech and language therapy sessions

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can start from when your child is 3 months old. One-to-one with a specialist practitioner and parent/carer, Sparkles physiotherapy sessions are 3 to 6 times per year depending on the age and need of your child. Based in a

Sparkles is amazing!

It has given Christopher the early intervention he needs and has enabled him to talk with us using sign and an ever growing number of words. Being part of Sparkles has also been a great support for us all and we have made lots of new friends along the way.

Tanya, Parent

Sparkles has changed our daughter’s life.

She receives so much support through the Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy provided by Sparkles. Her development has far exceeded our expectations. The support and information from Sparkles parents is also invaluable. Thank you everyone at Sparkles.

Gabby, Parent

Meet our team of therapists

Lyndsay Hart | Occupational Therapist

Lyndsay qualified with an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006, and has since gained over 10 years experience in the paediatric field, working in settings including schools, NHS children’s therapy teams, and independent practice. She has training in Sensory

Deborah Beneke | Physiotherapist

Debbie has 23 years of experience as a paediatric physiotherapist. She has worked extensively in both the private sector and the NHS, specialising at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children as a Clinical Specialist in the area of complex disability.

Mellissa Potter | Speech and Language therapist

Mellissa qualified in 2010 and has worked with children with Down’s syndrome ever since, specialising in supporting children under 7 years of age. Mellissa keeps up to date with the latest findings and research to make sure that therapy is