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.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha Pocsidio (SP-VIC)
- Bachelor of Science (Anatomy and Human Biology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), University of Western Australia
- Master of Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne
I am a highly committed and compassionate Speech Pathologist. Throughout my university studies, I gained invaluable experience and skills working with children aged 2-9 years in the areas of speech, language and literacy. Within clinical and school settings, I worked with children with ASD, ADHD, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, in close collaboration with parents, families and teachers.
I also enjoy working with adults and have experience working with the elderly in hospitals, community rehabilitation, and the aged care settings in the areas of swallowing and communication. My caseload has consisted of a diverse range of diagnoses; this includes stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis and multiple sclerosis.
I am passionate about advocating for holistic and patient-centred services, as well as empowering clients and their families to become key participants in their own and their family member’s care and management.
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.