Nepean Speech and Occupational Therapy (NSPOT) had humble beginnings as a small private speech pathology practice in 1986. It was originally established at it’s Woodriff St location in Penrith.
It was the first paediatric speech pathology business to be established in Penrith, and to this day, continues to thrive as a result of the respect that it has earned amongst the community of schools, Preschools, specialists and medical practitioners in the greater Penrith area.
Diana Wolf, the current Director of NSPOT, came into the practice in 1995 as a co-owner of the business. The business then traded under the name of Medcalf & Wolf Speech Pathology.
In the year 2000, Diana solely established school-based speech therapy services. NSPOT currently provides school-based speech therapy services to almost 20 schools in the greater Penrith area.
Diana believes by providing therapy in a child’s school allows not only direct contact with teachers but also a chance to see the underlying issues facing a child in the classroom.
Since the year 2001, Diana has been working a day each week in a preschool setting, assisting indigenous children with speech and language disorders.
She has come to be highly respected in the indigenous community for the significant improvements in quality of life that have occurred in these children as a result of these children being able to communicate more proficiently.
A rebranding of the business name to Nepean Speech and Language Services (NSLS) occurred in January 2011. This coincided with a move to it’s then location in the Broadwalk Arcade, on High Street Penrith.
In recognition of her interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diana was invited to be a Board member of Penrith’s local autism charity, The Luke Priddis Foundation (helping children with Autism). She served as a board member for 5 years, from 2011 to 2105.
Being on the Board allowed Diana and her team at NSLS to provide specialised support to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Diana has long provided guidance in establishing new groups to support children with autism as well as fundraising opportunities to support LPF in continuing its work throughout the community.
In July 2016 Diana was thrilled when offered the opportunity to become sole owner / Director of NSLS.
In late 2017, Diana was inspired to diversify the services that NSLS offered, to include Occupational Therapy.
Adding Occupational Therapy as an additional service would enable NSLS to become a holistic multidisciplinary practice, giving children with autism spectrum disorder the opportunity to access both speech and occupational therapy services under the same roof, and access to individual and joint speech and occupational therapy sessions.
With the introduction of Occupational Therapy services came a rebranding of the business name to Nepean Speech and Occupational Therapy (NSPOT).
Occupational Therapy services commenced in January 2018, and have been embraced by the clients and the local community.
Further growth within NSPOT through the first quarter of 2018 necessitated the need for relocating to larger premises, currently located at 9 Tindale Street, Penrith. This exciting move occurred in June 2018.
In December, 2018, we were able to achieve our mission of providing Psychology services in our rooms, by partnering with the highly respected psychology practice, John Blythe Child Psychology. One of John’s team members will commence working with us at the start of February, 2019. This achieves our mission of becoming a wholistic, diagnostic practice, by offering speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychology all under the one roof.
Diana brings to NSPOT over 25 years of clinical experience, across a wide range of disorders. Diana continues to thrive on learning new ways to improve the lives of children by instilling in them the basic rights of communication and participation.
Diana chooses her team members very carefully, as it is important that the reputation of NSPOT as being one of Western Sydney’s premium speech pathology and occupational therapy practices is upheld.
All team members of NSPOTare practising members of Speech Pathology Australia and Occupational Therapy Australis, and have obtained Certified Practising status.
They offer expertise in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, voice disorders, hearing impairments, and post-stroke rehabilitation.
The NSPOT team pride themselves on attending regular professional development events to ensure their therapy practices are up-to-date and evidence-based.