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Brooke Mills (SP-QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Queensland
I have been practicing as a paediatric Speech Pathologist for five years since graduating from the University of Queensland.
I have previously worked for SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS as a mobile therapist and in Education Queensland where I worked to support children with speech and language difficulties, which impacted on their literacy skills. I have worked closely with teachers and school teams and have a good understanding of how speech and language difficulties may impact on the child in the school setting. I have worked with children with special needs in the Early Childhood Development Program in schools, facilitating teachers with their program and introducing communication supports such as key word sign, PODD and Aided Language Displays. I have also had experience with adults with aphasia and dysphagia in the hospital setting in a clinical placement as a student.
I am very passionate and thoroughly enjoy working with children and their parents. I have a particular interest in working with children with complex communication needs and early intervention for late talkers and young children with language disorders.
I believe that therapy should be a fun and enjoyable experience for every child.
Brooke Selby (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney
I chose a course in Occupational Therapy because of my love of working with children, adults and families. I am dedicated to seeing clients with a variety of physical, intellectual and developmental disorders and helping them to reach their full potential. My passion for working with my clients has been furthered by the completion of a number of paediatric and community based adult jobs. Continuing my education and training is important to me and I am furthering my expertise with a number of courses including “The Traffic Jam in My Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Disorders” presented by Genevieve Jereb and “Learning Difficulties” presented by SPELD. Improving the life of an individual is at the heart of my approach to therapy. In particular, watching an individual master new skills, regain function and ultimately independence is the most rewarding part of my day.
Ebony Hutson (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Applied Science Occupational Therapy, University of South Australia
I am an extremely passionate and motivated Occupational Therapist with a positive energy and compassionate nature. I have experience in working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including acute care, community care, rehabilitation and injury management, vocational rehabilitation, and I have now also expanded my scope of practice to include Paediatrics. Formerly I have nine years experience as a remedial massage therapist working with children through to older adults. I have extensive experience utilising a variety of techniques which deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. This involves the treatment of the muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons, which are prone to overuse, overloading, shortening or lengthening, and this can produce all kinds of aches, pains and injuries.
I work collaboratively with children and their families through enjoyable and therapeutic modalities whilst providing education and effective experiences to help them succeed in their life. My gentle, positive and creative personality keeps children engaged and motivated to work on the skills they need to succeed and reach their fullest potential. I have a personal love of art, sound and ‘hands on’ creativity that I aim to incorporate into sessions to inspire new interest and promote self-confidence, whilst having fun. I have a strong interest in holistic approaches across the life span with the view of furthering my knowledge in both natural healing and nutrition.
I also work collaboratively with older adults in the provision of home safety assessments, minor home modification and equipment prescription, falls prevention, collaborative goal setting and applying a holistic approach to service provision; evaluating a range of client issues through assessments, co-ordinated care and delivery of appropriate services with consideration for all aspects of the person, environment and occupation. I also have experience in complex occupational rehabilitation, injury management and applying early intervention strategies to facilitate a timely and durable return to work.
Elizabeth Brown (SP Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Pathology - The University of Texas, Austin
My family and I have recently relocated to the NSW South Coast from California, where I worked as a Speech/Language Pathology Assistant with the Tehachapi Unified School District. I have experience providing services for children ages 3-21 in a school setting, both one-on-one and in group therapy. I support areas of articulation/phonology, cognition, motor speech, dysphasia, fluency, and semantic/pragmatic language disorders. My background involves Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, mild to severe speech and language disorders.
Elle-Lace Ambrose (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, James Cook University
I have had the opportunity to work with both adult and paediatric clients in diverse settings. Having completed my Speech Pathology degree at James Cook University, I have developed a love and appreciation for rural and remote areas recognising the need for accessible Speech Pathology services. I love working with children and my particular areas of interest include early language development and speech sound disorders. I am also passionate about providing holistic and patient-centred care to my adult clients, and have experience in many different hospital and rehabilitation settings. I am particularly interested in the areas of swallowing and voice disorders.
Emily Post (OT Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Southern Cross University (currently enrolled)
I am currently studying Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University. I chose to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy as I love working with people and I am enthusiastic to help clients reach their goals throughout all stages of their life. I have work experience in paediatrics as an Allied Health Aide in school, home and clinical environments working with clients with various disorders and disabilities. I am constantly learning new knowledge and taking new opportunities to help develop my skills to allow me to get the most out of this rewarding career in my journey to become a compassionate and supportive Occupational Therapist.
Gabrielle D'Arcey (OT Aide-QLD)
- Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant
I have worked as an Allied Health Assistant in a hospital setting. During this time, I was working with nine physiotherapists across many wards, mainly adults. My tasks included doing handovers with the physiotherapists, mobilising independent and one assist patients, assisting the physiotherapists with two assist patients and following rehabilitation care plans. I also have experience in special needs schools where I worked in a class of three non-verbal, intellectually disabled children helping with their care and various activities including craft, reading and playground supervision. I also have experience in preparatory classes for reading assistance.
Hannah Byrnes (OT-VIC)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne)
I am an optimistic and self motivated individual who graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University. After a year of travel I decided to gain employment as a Disability Support Worker. This role has provided me with invaluable experience in building strong therapeutic relationships with those in the disability sector and has been an effective transition into the Occupational Therapy field.
From my support work, I have experience working with adults with a range of disabilities including Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, Vision Impairment, Spina Bifida and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). I believe using a holistic approach, combined with utilising my clients' interests and strengths, is a key factor in each individual's journey to achieve their independence and goals.
Through my past placements in paediatrics, I have experience working closely with children with Cerebral Palsy, Asperger Syndrome (AS), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have developed tailored interventions to suit client goals and needs and facilitate positive engagement in occupations and learning tasks. Interventions included fine and gross motor (use of pinching equipment, materials with fasteners, zips and buttons, specialist building blocks etc), sensory diets and ADL specific interventions.
I have a strong commitment to continue engaging in self-reflection to evaluate personal performance and service delivery and make adjustments accordingly, to ensure I'm delivering the best possible service to my clients.
Jackie Stirling (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Education, (Primary), Southern Cross University
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Southern Cross University
I began my career in primary teaching but realised I wanted the opportunity to work more intensively with children and their families in the areas I was most passionate about i.e. speech, language and literacy. During my university studies I have had placements in schools supporting teachers and aids to adopt both a whole classroom and individualised approach to meet the needs of students with speech and language difficulties. I also have clinical experience assessing children with dysfluency (stuttering) and in treatment utilising the Lidcombe program, as well as working with preschool children targeting speech sounds and early language development. Therapy is proven to be more effective when it is fun and engaging, so when working with children and their families I tailor programs to match the strengths and interests of the child with routines designed to fit around family schedules.
I also completed clinical placements working with adults in acute hospital and residential aged care facilities providing dysphagia (swallowing) assessment and management, cognitive communication group therapy for residents with dementia, voice therapy and post-stroke language assessment and therapy. I enjoy seeing the change that supporting meaningful communication makes to the quality of life of not only the person with communication difficulties, but also for their family and loved ones.
I am committed to providing quality up to date evidence-based care and enjoy participating in ongoing professional development where I have completed training in Key word sign, paediatric feeding and understanding dementia.
Jasmin Shazad (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Health Sciences, Griffith University
- Graduate Entry Masters of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland
I have been a part of the SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS team for over ten years. My interest in Occupational Therapy and working with people with disabilities was first sparked throughout a volunteering experience at a Special Education Developmental Unit in my younger years. I have always had an interest and passion in working in paediatrics, particularly in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My favourite part of being an Occupational Therapist is using a client and their family's strengths to see them realise their potential, and achieve increased confidence and independence in their skills and abilities.
I thoroughly enjoy working with children and their families and believe therapy and goals should be client-centred and client-driven. I work using a combination of both a "top-down" (functional) and a "bottom-up" (sensory) approach to therapy, incorporating the use of Evidence-Based Practice. I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged three months to 18 years with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Sensory Processing difficulties, Anxiety, and general developmental and learning difficulties.
I have liaised with families and schools to help implement home and school programs including, but not limited to, the following areas:
- Equipment Prescription
- Motor Skills and Developmental Skills
- Behavioural and Anxiety Management (including programs such as the 5 Point Scale and How Does Your Engine Run?)
- Handwriting programs
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including dressing and feeding
- Sensory Programs
I have also worked with older clients (from 18 to 90 year olds) to assist them with achieving independence in the home and community setting through use of ADL assessments and programs, home modification recommendations and equipment prescription.
Jennie Brooks (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Occupational Therapy, University of Brighton
- Post Graduate Diploma in Sensory Integration, University of Ulster
I am from the United Kingdom where I worked as a Clinical Specialist/Team Lead Paediatric Occupational Therapist.
Enabling children to reach their full potential and get the most out of life is my goal as an Occupational Therapist (OT). I thoroughly enjoy working with children, their families, and with schools, in problem solving and finding solutions to aid functional performance. I implement a range of approaches when assessing and treating children, which I tailor to each child’s individual needs.
I have extensive experience working with 0-19 year olds with diagnoses including; Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), intellectual difficulties, Handwriting Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder; degenerative, genetic and other neurological conditions.
I have completed additional training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Postural Management, Equipment Provision, hand therapy and splinting, handwriting, and approaches to working with children with DCD.
I also have experience working with adult clients. Alongside my paediatric role I worked in a rehabilitation hospital delivering therapy to adults with neurological diagnoses, including Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury. Furthermore, I have worked as an OT in aged care (both hospital and community settings), the emergency department, hospital-based medical rehabilitation, and in trauma orthopaedics.
Laura Brown (OT Aide-NSW)
-Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition), University of Wollongong
-Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Western Sydney University (currently enrolled)
I am passionate about working with clients to allow them to become independent and to achieve their therapy goals. I understand that every child has specific learning methods so I use a client-centered approach in all of my work, making therapy fun and exciting whilst aiding in functional performance. I always bring positive energy to my therapy sessions and love my role as an Occupational Therapy Aide. I am constantly learning and making connections with clients, assisting them to grow and engage in the classroom and daily life.
I have recently completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) at the University of Wollongong, and have worked as an Allied Health Aide (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetics) in hospital, community and home settings for over three years. While working with rehabilitation patients, I gained an interest in Occupational Therapy. I am now studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University.
I have experience working as an Occupational Therapy Aide in rehabilitation settings, focusing on addressing fine motor skills, coordination skills, improving focus and memory, increasing limb strength, providing specialised equipment and aids, and assisting with basic tasks such as dressing and cooking. I have extensive experience working with elderly clients but I also have a passion for working in paediatrics.
Linda Smith (SP Aide-NSW & QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Southern Cross University (currently enrolled)
I am currently studying Speech Pathology at Southern Cross University (4th year). The field of Speech Pathology offers an opportunity to have a positive impact on an individual’s life, the lives of their families and their wider community.
Throughout my studies, I have gained clinical experience in a variety of settings working with clients whose ages ranged from two to 102.
My paediatric experience included placements in child care centres, government health clinics, hospital out-patient clinics and home environments. During this time, I conducted assessments and provided family education and individualised therapy to children with developmental delays, speech and language disorders, stuttering (dysfluency), autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, learning disabilities and intellectual impairments. I enjoy using evidence-based client centered approaches to support achievement of client goals. I believe a positive approach to therapy plays a big role in a child’s participation.
My placement experience with adults included placements in acute and rehabilitation hospital wards, residential aged care facilities and health clinics. These covered a variety of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, voice deficits, swallowing issues (dysphagia), dementia, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, dysarthria, aphasia, group therapy, cognitive communication disorders, and alternative and augmentative communication methods including communication boards and electronic devices. I enjoy working with elderly clients, their partners and carers to provide person-centered care with patience and respect.
Lisa Scuglia (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Human Movement Science and Education, Southern Cross University
I have taught in both public and private high schools in my subject area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. In my role as a Speech Pathologist, I am passionate about providing high quality and holistic service to all adult and paediatric clients and their family and carers. Since working in the area of Speech Pathology, I have been able to work with a number of children in the settings of community, education and mental health. I have a keen interest in working with school aged children and have experience in speech and language delays and disorders. When working with clients I use a combination of modern and research-based approaches in order to cater for each client’s individual needs.
Natalie Ferencz (SP-VIC)
- Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics Major, University of Melbourne
- Master of Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne
My enthusiasm for Speech Pathology evolved out of my natural interest in language, communication and the brain. I majored in Linguistics in my undergraduate degree, but it was always the subjects of child language acquisition and how changes in the brain affected communication that fascinated me the most and this led to my studies in Speech Pathology.
I enjoy working with both adults and children, and my areas of interest include speech and language delays, literacy, cognitive communication, dysphagia and paediatric feeding. My placements have given me experience in hospital and clinic settings, school-based settings and rehabilitation in the home, covering a wide range of swallowing and communication issues including assessment and therapy after stroke or acquired brain injury. I am passionate about providing enjoyable therapy that is person-centred, holistic and working with clients and their families towards their goals.
Oliver Sio (SP-QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), The University of Queensland
I am a multilingual Speech Pathologist, fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
I have a passion to help clients with communication and swallowing difficulties in their activities of daily living and enhance their quality of life. I have experience working within acute paediatric and adult hospital settings, where I provided holistic Speech Pathology services to clients and their families in a multidisciplinary approach. My clinical experience also involves providing Speech Pathology assessments and interventions using technology, including iPads, laptops, mobile phones and e-readers to assist adult clients with aphasia to communicate with their families and friends. I have also provided speech, language and literacy services via tele-rehabilitation to school-aged children in a school setting in rural Queensland.
My specific areas of interest include the language development of children with hearing loss, and intervention approaches for adults with cognitive communication disorders.
Ronny Chaheen (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) - Sydney University, NSW
- Bachelor in Secondary Teaching – Charles Sturt University, QLD
- Master of Education – Charles Sturt University, QLD
I have had a wide range of experience working with children and adults in both a health and educational setting. In particular, I have had experience in the following areas:
* Experience in Mental Health Occupational Therapy and Case Management for adolescents and adults, including living skills and vocational skills development
* Experience in Primary and Secondary School special needs education with emphasis on learning support plans for a range of cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities
* Experience in case management and mentoring of students with disabilities including provision of social, pedagogical and cognitive development programs, group-work and one on one educational assistance
* Experience teaching English, science and humanities on Primary and Secondary Levels as well as a teacher for students of English as a Second Language
I am a qualified Learning Support Teacher and Occupational Therapist and have completed my Masters in Indigenous education and learning strategies. I will be delighted to utilise my broad range of expertise to provide therapy and support services to meet your needs.
Selina Mathes (OT Aide-NSW)
- Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Rhoen Akademie Schwarzerden (Germany)
I am a passionate Occupational Therapist who loves working with children, adults and families to assist them in improving their quality of life in all aspects. I believe in a genuine and positive working relationship, based on trust, to support individuals/families to achieve their individual goals.
I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged six years to 14 years through my placement and volunteer work. I have worked in a kindergarten setting, in schools and a paediatric practice with diagnoses including: Sensory Processing Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Down Syndrome, Anxiety, Dyspraxia and Intellectual Disability. This work has also included Sensory Integration/Sensory Diets and DTVP-2 Assessment.
My enthusiasm and joy working with children started early through working as a nanny, leading child based recreational activities and a weekly play based learning/children’s fitness group.
I am also experienced working as an Occupational Therapist with adults in a psychiatric hospital. I have worked with adults diagnosed with Depression and Multiple Personality Disorders. In this setting, I have worked with clients to improve their quality of life through developing Daily Living Skills, Social Skills, Concentration Training Skills, Creative Arts and Group Activities.
In addition, I have gained experience through my placement in a Neurological Clinic where I have worked with people diagnosed with brain tumours, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain Injuries, Apraxia and Stroke patients. As part of the placement, I worked in the ICU where I conducted Facial Oral Tract Therapy (FOTT), individual bed support, body perception and muscle stimulation.
The most rewarding part of my job is to support my clients to gain confidence and develop independence to enhance their well-being. It gives me great job satisfaction when I see how proud they are of their achievements in being able to manage their own personal living skills with greater simplicity and pride.
Stacey Jackson (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, James Cook University
I have over ten years experience as an Occupational Therapist (OT), predominantly in the area of paediatrics (0-18 years). I first worked in rural Queensland, commuting with the "Flying Doctor’s Service" to some of the most remote parts of Australia. Following this, I moved to the United Kingdom where I took a role in the acquired brain injury rehabilitation unit for children, in Surrey. I then went on to further my experience in both mainstream and special schools as the lead OT, working with local authorities and key stakeholders to develop and provide seamless family and children centred therapy services. I have a particular interest in children with developmental co-ordination difficulties (fine and gross motor), sensory modulation difficulties and profound and multiple learning disabilities that impact on independence with every day activities of living (home, school and within the community). In particular, I have extensive experience in:
* Completing comprehensive assessments to determine a child’s strengths and needs
* Providing detailed reports that highlight the functional difficulties that impact on participation and the desired outcomes to meet a child’s needs
* Development of tailored programs that focus on sensory processing difficulties; handwriting, toileting, motor-coordination, dressing, eating, bathing, bike riding, scissor skills, community independence etc
* Providing 1:1 and group based therapy sessions or education/training to parents/carers, school staff and other key contacts
* Assessing and prescribing specialist seating and wheelchairs for children at home and school
Further to this, I have worked with adults and the elderly population, providing assessments, equipment and strategies, with the aim to maintain independence and safety within the home setting.
Stephanie Charlesworth (SP-QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Australian Catholic University
I have experience as a paediatric Speech Pathologist seeing clients in a variety of settings including their home, school, childcare centre and clinic. My experience includes speech and language delays, literacy delays and developing pragmatic skills. As a student, I also had experience working with adults in an aged care and hospital setting including assessment and intervention of dysphagia, aphasia and dysarthria.
I have a strong passion for working with paediatrics. I believe in the importance of working closely with parents, teachers and other support staff to provide the best possible outcome for clients.
Taryn Robertson (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Health Science, La Trobe University
- Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, La Trobe University
I am a self-motivated Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with people to overcome their barriers and enable and empower them to achieve their own unique set of goals and reach their potential.
My interest in working with families and children developed when I volunteered at a paediatric private practice in Melbourne and through working as a Nanny for four years throughout my studies. I have extensive experience working with children from as young as newborn age up to adolescent age.
I enjoy and always seek out opportunities to further my knowledge and develop my understanding within my profession. I have a unique and personal insight and understanding into the challenges that individuals and families face, and I always endeavour to use a strengths based approach when working with people; recognising the potentials, interests, abilities, strengths and capacities of each individual, family and community.
I have had experience working with children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Down syndrome, handwriting difficulties and various other developmental or behavioural difficulties.
I am also experienced working with adults, and have worked in Vocational Rehabilitation, assisting people who have been injured at work to return to employment in a sustainable way. I have also worked with the older population, making recommendations and adjustments to their home to enable them to be independent in their home.
Thu Tran (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), University of Queensland
I am a highly passionate Occupational Therapist who is devoted to helping my clients achieve their goals. I believe that everyone has their own set of unique strengths, preferences and needs. When working with clients and their families, I aim to customise strategies to suit them. I have been fortunate to have a diverse range of clinical experiences including working with children, adults and families in community, hospital and private practice settings. I am especially skilled in performing screening assessments, running skill development programs and providing individualised therapy in areas such as fine motor, self-management, emotion regulation, social skills, gross motor, and academic skills. I believe in providing a supportive environment and enjoy using meaningful and engaging means to help people reach their full potential.
Urszula Dmowski (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Macquarie University
- Master of Speech and Language Pathology, Macquarie University
My passion for Speech Pathology came about because I believe communication is a basic human right, and also the most amazing thing we do. I am passionate about providing client-centred care and taking a whole-person approach, including involving the family in therapy. I enjoy working with children of all ages and my areas of interest include early language development, speech sound disorders, and bilingual language development (I also speak Polish fluently).
I am passionate about providing evidence-based practice to adults with swallowing and communication difficulties, with experience in hospital and rehabilitation settings, including post-stroke care and aged care.