What inspired you to become a speechie?
I have always been interested in helping people and knew I was going to be a therapist of some kind one day. While at uni completing my psychology degree, I became fascinated with how the brain develops in children and how it changes in response to injury in adults.
Being a speechie allows me to work with both children and adults in a hands on, functional way. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to make real, tangible change in my clients lives by helping them communicate to the best of their ability and find what strategies work best for them.
Who do you like to work with?
I work with children, adolescents and adults.
I especially enjoy working with children with Autism as I grew up with Autistic family members and have seen the impact that consistent therapy can have on these children’s ability to express themselves.
My favourite pastimes are eating good food and trying new and exciting things. I also enjoy being creative, particularly drawing.
One of the most important hobbies to me is keeping fit! After university I spent a gap year in the country, working on my family property and working as a rouseabout in shearing sheds. This was physically intense work and was while it was difficult at the time, it made me realise how important physical exercise is for both the mind and body. These days I’ve given up the shearing shed for areal hoop dancing and am planning on taking up swing dancing.
Favourite speech games:
Pig goes pop and Mr Potato head are some of my favourite games to play – I also love making “boring” work fun and physical by playing basketball while practicing speech sounds or playing catch whilst doing sound based literacy work. I find I rarely stay sitting during a session – speech is just more fun whilst playing on the floor or standing up playing ball games!
What has influenced you in your work as a speechie?
Growing up in a busy family with two working parents and a sibling with Autism has strongly influenced my work in that I know how hard it can be to fit homework in to a busy life. I love problem solving with the families I work with to find creative ways of embedding homework into their busy lives.
Completing my two degrees back to back (psychology, followed by my masters of speech pathology) was challenging however greatly rewarding as I now have a career that I am passionate about, and a wide knowledge base in psychology that I draw upon frequently.
- Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (University of Queensland)
- Masters of Speech Pathology (University of Queensland)
- Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
- Certified Practising Hanen Speech Pathologist “More Than Words”
- Practicing “Sounds write” Speech Pathologist