What others have said...

Annette is extremely professional, knowledgeable and more importantly devoted to helping our daughter, E to reach her potential. Annette has liaised with the school and myself really well in this time and ensured the tasks ( E's programme ) is achievable and allows growth. 


E loves going to see Annette and she quickly created this trust and bond between them.


E's mother, Luckington 

Annette has been very helpful: thanks to her support, in just 2 months our son has improved a lot in his communication skills.  She is also always nice and our son is looking forward to seeing her again!

A's dad, Chippenham

J has progressed really well with PECS since seeing Annette, gaining a better understanding of choices - how to make them and becoming fully aware of the actual choice he's made - as well as building three part sentences, describing exactly what he wants, such as certain coloured or shaped objects.  Using PECS, alongside some basic signs learnt from school and Speech and Language,  has allowed J to communicate much more than we thought could be possible!

                                    J's mum, Swindon

Annette has been working with our son for just over a year.  He quickly built up a good relationship with her and really looks forward to her visits and what she might bring in her bag!  Annette has been a great support to us, both in terms of offering advice and suggestions in relation to our son's language development and also in terms of providing resources and activities that have engaged him and really helped to develop his language skills and ability to structure sentences.  We are very grateful for all Annette's help and support.

O's mum and dad, Purton

We decided to get in contact with Annette as we felt G was struggling with his speech and language. We were amazed with the amount of passion and care Annette put into each and every session with G. Very quickly we saw a huge improvement. G can now say some simple sentences which was such as struggle before. We would like to thank Annette for everything she's done for G and us as a family.

G's parents, Lyneham

“Annette made everyone feel at ease and we all feel we gained a lot from the training”


SENCo, Pre-school

Annette has been working with my son for a number of weeks now, focusing on particular areas of concern. She has worked alongside the school and his NHS S&L Therapist and liaised with all the members of his support team.  Annette has been brilliant, starting to unlock the potential in him that we know is in there! 

H's Mother, Crudwell

“I felt that Annette showed a high degree of ability and skill in managing the cases. This was always enormously helpful to myself and my colleagues.”

Dr Sharma,

Consultant Paediatrician


I can't thank Annette enough for how she's helped my boy find his voice. Since introducing PECS L's speech has improved immensely and hopefully this will carry on.  Lovely person and very easy to talk to as she loves to see your child succeed as much as you.   

                          L's mother, South Cerney

Due to Covid 19 my son wasn’t able to attend speech and language therapy but kindly we were offered a zoom session with Annette McLaren. I was a bit sceptical to start with as I couldn’t imagine how my son is going to connect with some stranger over video conversations. Annette proved herself to be an amazing therapist. Very professional, interesting , engaging sessions have helped my son so much that even the nursery said it is a different child ! My son is looking forward to our time with Miss Annette and he is eager to spend time talking and playing with her . Without any doubt I would recommend Annette McLaren. 

O's mum Tetbury

We originally noticed our daughter's speech regression just before lockdown and whilst she was referred for help on the NHS it was going to be many months before we could practically do anything. We were feeling increasingly lost about how to help her re-engage with the world. We contacted Annette and she offered us a block of parent coaching sessions over Zoom.


Immediately Annette set us at ease and alleviated the panic by explaining some of the difficulties she could witness in L's communication and giving us (and nursery) strategies we could immediately implement to help her improve. Her speech is slowly progressing but her engagement, playfulness, understanding and gesturing is markedly improved already. We can't wait to see further improvements in the coming months!

L's mum, Swindon