Janet Cooper is a qualified and registered speech and language therapist. During the past 21 years, she has worked at improving young children’s communication, speech and language in a variety of settings. In 2004 she set up Stoke Speaks Out, a multi-agency programme aimed at tackling the high incidence of speech and language difficulties identified in Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom. Through the programme she has contributed to a marked improvement in children’s outcomes in the city. Janet also works as an early language consultant and has written articles for early years publications and regularly presents at conferences.