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Since 2005 I have been working as a logopedist, after which I have gained experience in various fields regarding children and adults with speech and language problems. After my training speech therapy at the Hanzehogeschool, I started at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam and the Rhineland Hospital in Leiderdorp. In both hospitals, the logopedist investigates neurology patients on the stroke unit. To become familiar with the great diversity within the logopedic field of activity this first year, I also treated children in a speech therapy practice for a short time.
I then worked a -challenging!- year for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Guyana. Here, so-called rehabilitation assistants were accompanied in the performance of logopedic work and taught audiology students in the speech therapy course.
On my return I joined GGD Amsterdam. As a preventive logopedist, I helped identify children with speech language disadvantages at a young age and provide appropriate help. Parents, pedagogical staff and teachers receive advice to communicate with the child as best possible and to stimulate his speech language development.
Because of my experiences with native speakers in Guyana, but even more in Amsterdam, my interest in second language acquisition among young children grew. In 2012 I completed the Master Dutch as the second language. Since then I have specialised in guiding children and advising parents and professionals in the field of multilingualism. At the GGD Amsterdam I met many multilingual families in 8 years. In order to put my knowledge of the master and the GgD even better into practice, I started Meertaalpraktijk.
Finally, my friend and I put bilinguality into practice by raising our two children Frisian and Dutch!