What inspired you to become a speechie?
I have always been passionate about advocating for others and supporting individuals to achieve their goals. I knew that becoming a Speech Pathologist would be the perfect way for me to help other individuals grow!
Who do you like to work with?
I love working with children, adolescents and young adults. I particularly enjoy working with individuals on the autism spectrum, helping them reach their communication and social goals. I love working with non-verbal clients and supporting augmentative and alternative communication, particularly the implementation of speech generating devices.
I enjoy working in school settings and being able to support not only them in the classroom but also their teachers. I love providing classroom supports and making sure that children are set up for success in their classrooms.
Outside of work, I love exercising, I spend a lot of time at the gym usually boxing, Muay Thai or as of recent, learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I love that these sports keep me fit and active while I’m still learning a new skill. I also enjoy bush walks, relaxing at the beach and discovering new yummy cafes and restaurants!
Favourite speech games?
Pop-Up Pirate, bubbles, Mr Potato Head, I Spy, Uno and I love making pretend food.
What has influenced you in your work as a speechie?
My experiences with disability early in my career have definitely influenced me in my work. I love that this profession allows me to support clients and families with their communication and behaviour goals, as well as advocate for their needs to other services. I have been so inspired by my clients and families and that has influenced me to want to grow as not only a clinician but also as an educator that can build awareness in the community around disability.
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) University of Sydney
- Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
- LAMP Words for Life
Presentations and Publications:
- Presenting on incorporating speech generating devices in the classroom
- Speech and language presentations at local schools and preschools