PERSON CENTRED FLEXIBLE RESPONSIVE
We are a team of industry leading and visionary Speech Pathologists who have a special interest in assisting families and educators within the Albury/Wodonga region to support children who are affected by communication difficulties.
Approximately 25% of children within our community present with a communication difficulty. This can have a significant and widespread impact on their social and academic participation throughout life.
It is an absolute privilege to build the skills of families and educators to ensure that they are able to support the children in their lives who are affected by communication difficulties to reach their potential and discover the unique gifts that they were born with.
By providing person centred, flexible and responsive Speech Pathology services, our team is able to connect with the families and educators of these children to plan for and provide high quality Speech Pathology services that match the needs of the family, child and their educators.
Working in collaboration with the important people in a child’s life allows our speech pathologists to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children across all of the contexts that the child will be in on a daily basis.
Having the honour to be a part of the journey as a child learns how to say a new word, produces a new sound, reads a new word, creates a written essay for school, asks a friend on the yard to play a game, handles money when purchasing items from a supermarket, applies for job and gets it (and the list goes on) is one of the best feelings ever!
Every child deserves a team behind them nurturing their growth and celebrating their wins every step of the way, and how lucky are we to be a part of that.
They help to promote the following keys areas of children's development:
Meet The Team
Liz is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and Teacher. 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 literacy acquisition, the neurological nature of literacy difficulties and the effective instruction for different literacy learning 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.