My name is Lynne Tapper and I am the founder of communication coaching.

I believe that everyone has a right to be included and heard.

Challenges with communication can create barriers and I like to work with people to help them knock these barriers down.

As a qualified coach I work with people to help them develop their personal and professional goals.  I work with clients who may be feeling overwhelmed as they approach a new phase in life or who feel a bit stuck and want the opportunity to have some dedicated thinking space to explore what their next step could be.

I am a Speech and Language Therapist with over 25 years of experience working in the NHS.  Early on in my career, I recognised the effectiveness of using a therapeutic approach which enabled people to identify and set specific personalised goals and the actions required to achieve these. I have attended various courses in order to develop my approach including solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, using Socratic questioning, building clients self-esteem and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In 2019 I earned a PG Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching.

 I specialise in working with:

  • young people and adults who are autistic (level 1 & 2)
  • young people and adults with acquired hearing loss
  • communication partners – I am able to provide communication coaching for parents, family members and/or employers who recognise the need to adapt their communication to meet the needs of someone with hearing loss or who is autistic.
  • groups of young people wishing to develop social confidence and skills.

I use a coaching approach to help people to:

  • Reflect on their current communication and interactions
  • Identify why, when and where they are experiencing difficulties and success
  • Explore options for making communication work better
  • Select which options will work best for them
  • Put these options into practice through skill-building and detailed action planning
  • Keep on track using agreed review processes

I understand that communication difficulties can have a huge impact on social interactions and that communication difficulties often affect how people are perceived by others and how they perceive themselves.  I work with people to help them develop their self-confidence and self-esteem so that they can be listened to and heard.

I prefer to work with clients in person at The Orchard Therapy Centre in Horsforth, Leeds. For more information about this venue please visit

However, if it is not possible to travel to The Orchard Therapy Centre I can arrange to see clients at a mutually convenient location by prior arrangement.

If a client is able to use telephone or video (skpye/zoom) I may be able to work with them remotely, if we both agree this arrangement will work.

If you’re interested in having some coaching please get in touch to see if I can help  – I’d love to hear from you.