I consider myself to be very fortunate, discovering my passion and chosen career path as a teenager. I have more than 25 years experience working with young children with speech and language delays, complex communication needs, disabilities, and developmental delays as an Early Childhood Special Educator and Speech Pathologist.
I began working as a Speech Pathologist in 2010 after completing a Masters of Speech Pathology. I have worked in community, disability, education, hospital and private practice settings. I have a particular interest in working with young children with complex communication needs including those who are minimally verbal and who require augmentative and alternative communication systems. Another area of interest for me is Childhood Apraxia of Speech and I am continually updating my skills and knowledge in this area to ensure that I am providing the latest evidence based treatment.
I have completed the Introduction to PODD and Advanced PODD Workshops, SOS Approach to Feeding, Key Word Sign and Proloquo2Go training.
I strongly believe that intervention should be fun, utilizing children's interests to maximise their engagement. Working from a holistic, strengths-based and family centered approach helps to bring about the best outcomes for children.
In addition to my professional experience I have first hand experience as a parent working with a range of allied health professionals including Speech Pathologists to support my child's communication and development.
I am passionate about the speech pathology profession and about the development and mentoring of student, new graduate and early career Speech Pathologists and have hosted 20 students on field placements.