SPOT4YOU Therapist BiosFor a more in-depth look at SPOT4YOU's Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists.
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.
Cherie Strecker (OT-VIC)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), Deakin University
I chose to become an Occupational Therapist because I love working with people and playing a part in helping them to reach their full potential. I have an interest in working across the lifespan, from children all the way through to older adults.
I thoroughly enjoy working with families and other significant people such as teachers and siblings as I believe they also have an important role in a client's therapy. I use a strength-based approach when working with clients as I believe it is important to recognise people’s strengths, abilities and interests to enable them to grow.
I have a wide variety of experience from both practical education placements as well employment I have undertaken during my studies. This includes working with children in kindergartens and primary schools, community disability support with children and youth, and inpatient rehabilitation with older adults. These experiences have increased my passion for working with people to reach their goals and have equipped me with the skills I need to be a caring, resourceful and supportive Occupational Therapist.
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.
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.
Jacqui Langford (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) - University of the Sunshine Coast
As an energetic and driven Occupational Therapist, I have built an interest in enabling children with neurological, developmental, cognitive and physical limitations to engage in a fulfilling childhood through play, education, communication, socialisation and maximum independence in self-care/self-management.
Having volunteered and worked as a respite worker for children with ASD and cerebral palsy while I completed my University studies, I have come to find that genuine playfulness can make all the difference in motivating engagement in otherwise daunting or mundane tasks. I completed my University practical placements at a youth-based facility, a chronic conditions community centre, a child developmental centre, a school and even a therapeutic horse-riding facility for children with disabilities.
I have also had experience working with older adults in the community and within residential aged care facilities. My roles in these areas included the prescription and assessment of equipment, minor and major home modifications, the provision of oedema management strategies, and general pain management by means of soft-tissue massage, paraffin wax therapy and electrotherapy.
I believe in adopting a combination of both bottom up (restorative, acquisition of skills) and top down (compensatory, focusing on maximising existing skills) approaches to therapy, using family-centred practice as an overarching framework to guide therapeutic goals.
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-Aide-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.
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.
Rhiannon Blick (OT-VIC)
- Bachelor of Applied Science
- Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
I am an extremely motivated and passionate Occupational Therapist; I love to learn (I am always reading!) and I believe in building genuine connections with people in order to make a difference in their lives.
I have experience working with people from a range of different backgrounds and from all walks of life and I have great insight into how disability can impact the occupations that people both need, and want, to participate in. I believe in empowering the individual, and I enjoy giving people the skills to engage in meaningful occupation through utilising a strength-based approach.
I have experience working with children and adolescents through my volunteer work and clinical placements in a special-needs school. I realised my passion for working with children when I commenced this paediatrics placement; working with and getting to know children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Intellectual Disability (ID). I have experience with sensory integration/sensory diets, the use of PODDS and PECS methods of communication, implementation of a proprioceptive motor program (PMP) and completion of sensory assessments. I was able to develop a fine motor skills program on this placement; engaging the students through play and activities of daily living to develop the foundations of fine motor skills for better engagement and independence at home and in the classroom.
I have also worked with adults and the elderly population. I have worked with adults who are stroke survivors, who are living with Multiple-Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions through my clinical placements in the community and on the medical ward in a hospital. Neurological OT has remained a major interest of mine over the years, and it is something I endeavour to learn more about and develop my skills in. I also have experience working with adults who have dementia, osteoarthritis and those with respiratory and cardiac conditions. I have experience completing stroke screen assessments, home assessments, delivering aid and equipment prescription and education, delivering back care and task modification techniques and recommendations of both major and minor home modifications.
Stacey Jackson (SP-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.