I joined the Talkshop team in early 2018 after several years working in aged care, school and private practice.
A few interesting facts about me; I play the piano and ukulele, I love of music, and I was previously a Junior Behaviour Therapist. I am certified by LSVT Global to provide Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD).
At Talkshop, I work in our Forestville centre and several local special schools including Kambora Public, Arranounbai and Aspect Vern Barnett.
At Arranounbai and Aspect Vern Barnett, I work with teachers to provide communication support for students with moderate to high learning and support needs. Many of the children I work with have an intellectual disability, mental health disorder, autism spectrum disorder, physical disability with associated sensory impairment, learning difficulties or behaviour disorders. Some also use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
Speech therapy is most effective when we work with children at school and at home. I love bringing my Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) strategies and musical skills into therapy sessions. I find music, and the skills associated with it enhances therapy outcomes.
I lead Kambora Public School’s Speech Pathology Sponsorship Program. Each term I provide comprehensive assessment and weekly intervention for a child nominated by the school’s teaching staff. Our sponsorship programs are something I love about Talkshop. It is an example of one of our core values in practice – generosity.
As a Speech Pathologist, I often feel like a detective, searching for the root cause or causes that impact my client’s speech, language, literacy and social communication skills. The earlier we find them, the better.
The foundation for success is always a great working relationship with my clients and their families. The best part? When all our planning and the client and family’s dedication starts to pay off – then progress accelerates and confidence and independent communication skills begin to soar.