PERSON CENTRED FLEXIBLE RESPONSIVE
Our Speech Pathologists provide person centred, flexible and responsive services that
value the important and essential role that families play in all aspects of their child's development.
Families are such a critical part of their child’s intervention so we encourage families to work in partnership with our Speech Pathologists to make key decisions about the goals and activities that their child works on to improve their communication skills.
Our Speech Pathologists place emphasis on paying careful attention to making sure that they understand each family's priorities and concerns when they are planning for intervention. A high degree of communication between the Speech Pathologist and the families ensures that planned interventions fit with the family’s needs, desires and priorities for their child.
Our Speech Pathologists work with families to help them learn how to develop meaningful learning opportunities within the home environment and to provide them with high quality teaching strategies to support speech, language and literacy development.
They help to promote the following keys areas of children's development:
Meet The Team
Liz is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and Educator. She has has a keen interest in the literacy development of children and adolescents. She is an MSL associate and is also an associate member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (AMADA). She is highly trained in the assessment, diagnosis and provision of intervention for children with speech, language and literacy delays. She has a thorough understanding of the cognitive and linguistic models of dyslexia, the neurological nature of dyslexia and the effective instruction for different dyslexia profiles. Liz values the important role that families play in their child’s development and learning and provides extensive parent training that is friendly and easy to understand to ensure that families feel empowered to support their children.
Genna Richter is also a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and has been delivering Speech Pathology services for the past two years. During her time working, she has developed a keen interest in supporting families and children with communication difficulties through rich play-based therapy.
She also enjoys working in partnership with the preschool educational centres to build the educators skills to identify and support children who may be affected by communication difficulties.
Rachael Jenkinson is also a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and has been delivering Speech Pathology services at SMART Spot for the past twelve months. Rachael loves working together with families and their children and believes that collaboration is the key to success and positive outcomes for children and their families. She is passionate about delivering evidence-based practice in a fun and warm environment, and helping develop the literacy and communication skills of all children.
She is in the process of obtaining her Hanen qualifications. This training is an evidenced based approach to supporting children with language delay and also children with Autism. It honours the critical role that parents play in their child's development, the importance of starting early with intervention and the importance of teaching strategies to parents that can occur in their everyday home activities.
Josette is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and has been delivering Speech Pathology Services for the past eight years. She has developed a keen interest in business development and management and is passionate about leading her team to deliver high quality Speech Pathology services.
She is passionate about fostering a positive team culture that honours the incredible work of her team and ensures that their roles within the business are sustainable for the long term and also aligned with their passion areas of Speech Pathology.
Kate Thomas is also a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and has been delivering Speech Pathology services for the past three years. During her time working, she has developed a keen interest in supporting families and children with complex developmental disabilities. She is in the process of obtaining certification in the Early Start Denver Model. This is intervention for children between the ages of 12-48 months and focusses on building positive relationships, teaching skills that occur during play and everyday home activities.
Mary Alfred is also a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and has been delivering Speech Pathology services for the past five years.
During her time working, she has developed a keen interest in supporting educators to implement best practice strategies to support children with communication difficulties.
She has a passion of staying up to date with the most current Speech Pathology research and is enjoying her clinical excellence role at SMART Spot.
In this role, she leads the team in quality practice by formally sharing up to date information on different clinical areas. She also effectively plans for and monitors the implementation of this new learning for each individual Speech Pathologist.