What inspired you to become a speechie?
Ever since I could work, I have had a passion for working with children, so I knew my future career had to involve this population. Another goal was to have a career that allowed me to help children in a way that would impact their daily lives. Being a Speechie allows me to do both of these things. The ability to communicate your wants and needs as well as the ability to build and keep relationships is so important to have a fulfilled life. The fact I can help children do makes me feel like I have one of the most rewarding careers.
Who do you like to work with?
I have a passion for early intervention (children aged 0-6) as this is the time where children learn foundational communication skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. I also like to work with children and adolescents that have a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy and social skills as well as those that are on the Autism Spectrum.
I like to spend quality time with my family and friends on the weekend. If I am not doing this I like to teach my dog, Roco new tricks. Going out to new restaurants and watching the sun rise at the beach are also some things I like to do.
Favourite speech games?
You can never go wrong with playdough as it is so versatile. Pop the Pig and bubbles are also Speechie must haves!
- Bachelor of Speech Language Pathology – Australian Catholic University
- Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), MSPAA