Tessa Ackerman

ACT for Yorkshire Ltd
State Registered Speech and Language Therapist

Tessa Ackerman

For more information, please telephone The Orchard on 0113 281 9493

For the past 20 years Tessa has worked as a specialist Speech and Language Therapist in NHS hospitals, rehabilitation units, outpatient clinics and in patients’ own homes. At ACT for Yorkshire Ltd she now provides a specialist independent service for adults with disorders of communication and swallowing resulting from a neurological condition.

She offers Speech and Language Therapy to people who have had a stroke, a head injury, or a diagnosis of a progressive neurological condition (such as Parkinson’s Disease, MND, Huntington’s Disease and M.S.) .

Tessa treats people with Aphasia (problems with understanding, talking, reading, or writing), with Dysarthria or Dyspraxia (problems with articulation, slurred, hesitant or quiet speech) and with associated Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). She is Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified and can offer this intensive treatment as recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Tessa Ackerman and Zoe Coates (ACT for Yorkshire Ltd) offer flexible packages of care - assessment, advice and therapy tailored to you and your needs. She has provider recognition status with all the main health insurance companies.

Specialist areas

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Head injury
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Brain tumour
  • Group work
  • Client and carer conversations


  • BSc Clinical Language Sciences Leeds Metropolitan University 1990
  • MPhil (Psychology) University of York 2006
  • HPC (Health Professions Council) Registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • LSVT Certified Clinician
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice
  • Member of the British Aphasiology Society, Parkinson’s UK, PD Professionals’ Network and MS Professional Network

Days and hours of work

Core clinic hours are Monday to Thursday: 9.30am – 2.30pm