I studied at Charles Sturt University, Australia and received a Bachelor's degree in Health Science (Speech Pathology). I moved to United Kingdom in 2012 and have worked in a number of paediatric settings including complex needs, special schools, early intervention and mainstream.
I worked as Head of Therapies for one of the largest special schools in London for students with complex communication needs, autism and challenging behaviour from 2-19 years. I led a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Counsellors, Dance & Movement Psychotherapists and Music Therapists. I was responsible for service delivery development, devising policies and involved with strategic planning for the therapy service. She also held a specialist caseload working with students with complex communication needs requiring AAC and complex dysphagia (swallowing).
I have extensive post-graduate training including
Dysphagia (cervical auscultation)
AAC (switching skills, Grid, PECS, Makaton - UK, AUSLAN, Elkan Tutor)
Language (Shape Coding, Colourful Semantics, 'It Takes two to talk' Certified Hanen Practitioner, Talking mats)
Autism (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transcational Support - SCERTS, Attention Autism Advanced Practitioner, Emotional Coaching)
Stuttering/stammering (Lidcombe Programme, Westmead Programme)
Complex communication needs (Intensive Interaction, Massage Story, Bobath, Aquaepps)