Meet Our Speech Therapists
Jenny enjoys working with older secondary school students, particularly when the focus is on text analysis and essay writing. She provides workshops to students and teachers on essay writing across the secondary school years. She works from Monday through to Thursday at the clinic.
Annique has extensive experience working with individuals and small groups in clinics as well as classroom setting with teachers. She has developed models of service delivery and school initiatives that best meet the specific needs of students from a range of culturally diverse backgrounds. Her interest lies in assisting children to progress through the language to literacy continuum.
Michaela Stone is an experienced clinician having worked in private practice and research into language at the Telethon Kids Institute since 2002. She has successfully treated hundreds of children who presented with stutters and continues to be passionate about early intervention within this population. Working at Fremantle Speech Pathology Services has enabled Michaela to continue her special interest in treating those who stutter as well as assessment and treatment into language, articulation, phonology and early literacy.
Sue works in the clinic on Thursdays and has qualifications in Asian Studies/Linguistics as well as Speech Pathology. She has worked in a range of settings including disability and international education, and has a strong interest in language and literacy development at all stages of schooling. Apart from language and literacy, Sue sees clients for Accent Reduction; she also works with adults who experience learning difficulties, particularly University students who require assistance with reading and writing.
Juliet has worked in The Tasmanian Education System for many years and is now dividing her time between Fremantle Speech Pathology Services on Mondays and Tuesdays and the outreach (mainstream school) service of the West Coast Language Development Centre for three days per week. She has always possessed a keen interest in literacy that is now being cultivated in the clinical setting.
Kate Brown has extensive experience with children requiring early intervention. Her skill set is far-reaching and includes the implementation of speech and language programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay and Developmental Language Disorder. In addition to this, Kate is also well equipped to work with school-aged students experiencing literacy difficulties and has a keen interest in up skilling students with Specific Learning Disorders to meet the demands of the English curriculum in high school.
Nikki has worked in several schools within the Perth metropolitan area to provide speech and language services to individual children as well as establish support mechanisms for parents and teachers; she is also a tutor with Dyslexia SPELD Foundation where she has used numerous evidenced based programs such as Sounds Write to assist students with reading and spelling development. She has considerable experience in Literacy/Learning difficulties and is working in the practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of each week.
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Katie works at the clinic on Saturdays with children across the grades. She is very interested in the assessment and remediation of spelling, reading and writing disorders. Katie is also a strong believer in early intervention and an advocate of screening programs in the early school years. She also works at Therapy Focus with children and adults who have developmental disabilities.
Natalie works in the Clinic on Wednesdays, seeing older children and adolescents. She enjoys seeing the benefits of explicit instruction when working with students with a range of language and literacy difficulties. Natalie also works at Telethon Kids Institute with high-risk populations.
Catherine works at the clinic on Saturdays. She has worked as a Speech pathologist in China, Timor-Leste and Australia. She also holds a position as a Speech pathologist working with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties. Her interests include reading, writing and spelling, children with behavioural difficulties and special needs. Catherine is PROMPT trained.
Joanne graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology Honours) with First Class Honours and is a Certified Practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is experienced in providing client-centered and evidence based intervention with children and adolescents in the areas of language, literacy, speech and stuttering.
Joanne is trained in Sounds-Write (an evidence-based phonics program) and PROMPT.
Lizz Hill works on Saturdays with high school students who experience difficulty analysing texts (novels, short stories, images, poems, articles etc.) as well as writing essays; she has a special interest in helping students understand the “workings” of an essay, with regard to content as well as construction. Lizz is undertaking her PhD at Curtin University where she is investigating cognitive communication difficulties in children and adolescents with acquired brain injury.
Lauren practices at the clinic on Saturdays; she has been working as a speech pathologist for seven years - mainly with individuals who have intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Lauren is particularly passionate about working with children with ASD and has a wealth of experience supporting students with ASD in the classroom in the areas of social, organisational and perspective taking skills; she is particularly interested in how these relate to students’ written expression.
Lauren has completed training in Social Thinking Intervention and Hanen.
She is currently completing post-graduate training in literacy and communication; all designed to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties.
Kate Howard is currently doing some sessional work at FSPS on Thursday afternoons; she works with students across all ages, but particularly enjoys teaching high school students how to analyse texts and structure essays. Kate has a degree in Linguistics and Chinese. She has a strong belief that with support, students with Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia and Dysgraphia can demonstrate their ability successfully.
Kate works at the practice on Mondays and Tuesdays and at Therapy Focus for the remaining three days of the week. Kate has a strong interest in the relationship between language and literacy development. She assists children to understand how texts work, how they are structured and sequenced. Kate adheres to a model of “explicit instruction” at all times when conducting therapy; she believes that it is vital to make the learning process transparent for students so that they feel safe when applying their newly acquired skills.
Rachel is working at FSPS on Thursdays and Fridays this year; she has a wealth of experience in the teaching of spelling; from the earliest stages of sound to letter representation right through to the more complex rules governing complex multisyllabic words. Rachel has also worked with many students to develop their reading skills using a systematic synthetic phonics approach; she believes that when teaching is “tailor-made” to suit the student’s individual profile, successful learning can take place.
Ildi works every day except Thursdays; she is also the Clinical Administrator of FSPS. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling from Edith Cowan University as well as a Speech Pathology degree. This is an excellent combination of skill areas as it allows Ildi to focus on the emotional and social consequences students experience when faced with having a Specific Learning disorder. This applies to students across the educational spectrum, from Kindergarten through to Year 12. Ildi works with students to improve the structure of their writing and spelling; she uses a systematic rule-based approach to illustrate “How Words Work”!
Rosemary works at FSPS on Saturdays and assists with school screenings. She is also a Clinical Educator for the fourth year Speech Pathology students from Curtin University. . Rose has experience working in the school context, delivering speech pathology services to children in rural and remote settings as well as in a local metropolitan school. She has an excellent understanding of how schools operate, and recognises the requirements of the National and State Curriculums. Her particular area of interest is working with school-aged children presenting with Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia.
Elle possesses a rich background of knowledge in linguistics and Asian language, which also involves teaching English as a second language. She has worked in a Language Development Centre, and has now brought her skills in language and literacy development to the FSPS clinic. She holds a strong philosophy regarding the importance of building the capacity of key stakeholders to participate in therapy programs.
Emily works at the clinic on Thursday and Saturday afternoons with students of all ages. She is currently completing her PhD at Curtin University, investigating vocabulary development and memory in children with language difficulties. She has specialist knowledge in the areas of language, literacy, and learning disorders, and is skilled at delivering several evidence-based literacy programs (such as Sounds-Write and Talk for Writing). Emily enjoys working closely with families and schools to maximise a student’s participation in social and academic environments.
Jana works in the practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays each week; she has considerable experience in the Autism and Disability sectors, but her major interest lies in the area of language and literacy, specifically related to written expression across the high school years. Jana derives enormous satisfaction from assisting children to understand how a text has been constructed and then to explain the workings in an analytical essay.
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