Dr C. StowCarol worked as a speech and language therapist in the NHS for over thirty years. Initially working as a specialist in adult neurological and voice disorders she subsequently focussed on working with bilingual children. As a consultant SLT she built and led a highly specialist team of speech and language therapists, bilingual assistants and interpreters who worked with children speaking languages other than English as their main or mother tongue. This team developed an international profile for its work delivering therapy in the child's mother tongue rather than the therapists' mother tongue of English. Carol was twice the recipient of the RCSLT Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation.
Carol has published widely on the subject of bilingual children with speech disorders, including the first standardised speech assessment of Pakistani heritage languages spoken by children living in England. She has given many international conference presentations, led workshops, taught at undergraduate and graduate level and contributed to and reviewed guidelines for speech and language professionals working with bilingual children both in the UK and internationally. For many years Carol was a trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and chaired their Professional Development and Standards Board. Her contribution to the profession was recognised when she was elected a Fellow of RCSLT in 2009.
Now retired from clinical practise Carol still leads occasional workshops on working with bilingual children.