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Staff Profiles: Mariam Malik

Mariam Malik

Speech and Language Therapist

Cognitive Neuroscience BSc, Speech and Language Therapy MSc

I try and approach my work as a Speech and Language Therapist, with multiple perspectives, as an anthropologist, a sociologist and a clinician. The task at hand is as complex as that- it can be a profound challenge when communication as we, the majority, understand it, is compromised. I find listening, with a deep radical compassion to everyone involved’s concerns, whilst centring the child/ young person, enables me to engage with my role, most effectively.

I see my role as being primarily one of advocacy and empowerment. The therapeutic space holds some responsibility to ensure the young people under our care are able to self-advocate and find meaningful ways of engaging with the world, on their own terms. There is beauty in difference, and it is a privilege to contribute towards creating a more inclusive and fairer world. The young people I have had the privilege of working with have always humbled and inspired me to do and be better, they continue to do so. Since training in the UK, I have worked for the NHS, across Children’s Services in London and I’m excited to continue my professional journey at St Andrews.

In my spare time I am an avid reader, love journaling, the outdoors and natural light! Yoga helps me find joy and peace, is therefore a non-negotiable part of my week. I view formal and informal learning as a lifelong process, I’m working towards a part-time distance learning master’s with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Public Health and am working on collating an anthology exploring ‘positionality’ within the Speech and Language Therapy profession in the UK, in my spare time.