Our Approach to Communication
Holistic & Overarching
We value taking a holistic approach to therapy. From our allied health services to how we communicate with family members, teachers or colleagues to further support you.
This means a willingness to work with you, to work around your lifestyle, and a willingness to try new things to give you the level of support you need to thrive.
We need to adapt the therapies we use and how we provide them to who you are and how your family or support network runs.
Meet Our Speechies Team
You will likely get to chat with Tiff when you call our clinic or visit us for your appointment. Tiff enjoys making music with friends, taking her dog to the beach, and going on scenic drives through the hinterlands.
Lead Speech Pathologist
Kerry is our founder and Lead Speechie. She’s been working in the field of language and learning for over 30 years, initially as a teacher (teaching language at all levels of education – kindergarten to mature-age), and then as a speech pathologist.
Over time she’s realised that people desperately want to communicate and they become tremendously frustrated when, for whatever reason, they are unable to do so with relative ease.
Sometimes their frustration leads to involuntary silence, sometimes it leads to miscommunications that need to be sorted out. Most of her working life has revolved around assisting people to be able to speak their minds clearly, so that they are understood easily, without fear of sounding silly or being embarrassed about the content of what they are saying or about their mode of delivery. The need to communicate is lifelong. Kerry is just as passionate about the provision of services to youngsters as she is to her centenarian clients.
When Kerry isn’t at work, she enjoys travelling, bush walking, dancing, learning about other cultures, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
She looks forward to helping you meet your communicative needs.
Allied Health Assistant
Clare joined us as an Allied Health Assistant (AHA) as a 3rd Year Speech Pathology Student at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Working under the direction of our Speechies, Clare is here to ensure that clients get the most out of their therapy sessions by offering continued support sessions between clinician appointments. Sessions with Clare are available both in person and online, via Zoom.
While AHAs aren’t a replacement for speech pathologists, we believe that Clare will really add value to our clients’ therapy journeys by making the outcomes of the service delivery more efficient, effective and lasting. Consistency is key and Clare is here to help our clients build up and keep momentum outside of therapy sessions with their Speechie.
Continuing her university studies, Clare has found subjects around linguistics and phonetics, and speech and language particularly enjoyable to explore for both paediatric and adult clients. Prior to joining us here at The Speechie Spot, she also worked as a childhood educator in a primary school setting.
When she is not working or studying, you can find Clare enjoying the outdoors, climbing mountains and soaking in the sun at the beach, or cooking up a delicious meal in the kitchen! Clare comes from a large family and appreciates the importance of close family interaction and involvement.
If you would like to find out if sessions with Clare are an appropriate option for you, please feel free to speak to your Speechie – they will be glad to discuss this with you!
Meet the Rest of the Team at Pathways
Lorren is a registered clinical psychologist with many years of experience in both public and private settings.
She works predominantly with families (children, teenagers and parents) around issues of trauma, disruption, transitions and life adjustment. She also has many years experience working with children and young people carers and stakeholders in out of home care.
Her expertise includes managing anxiety, trauma and abuse, understanding the impact of these issues on daily functioning, parenting challenges and different ways to understand our kids, working with adopted and fostered children, working with adults around a variety of issues that continue to impact them and also working with children who don’t quite fit the mold (heightened sensitivity, anxiety, issues that impact how they think about and view the world, and children who are bright who have busy brains that just don’t switch off).
Wendy’s passion lies in supporting school-aged children (and their families) through their educational, social and emotional journey. She is experienced in conducting a wide range of educational and psychological diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents. Wendy is also able to develop assessment reports that meet school NCCD and QCAA AARA requirements and support EAP verification processes.
Wendy assists clients to better understand themselves, their strengths and their difficulties. She is also skilled at supporting families and school teams to better meet the student’s requirements through targeted home/classroom support and intervention.
Wendy is a qualified and registered primary/secondary teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers and she has over 15 years’ experience in the education field as a classroom teacher, pastoral leader and tutor. More recently, Wendy completed her studies in psychology. She has worked as a psychologist within schools and in private practice and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. Wendy is also a current member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Wendy enjoys and excels at delivering a variety of small group sessions where students learn social and emotional awareness, how to manage friendship dramas, mindfulness and gratitude. She is also an Australian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED) accredited facilitator who offers Body Project group sessions.
Wendy has also worked for the Queensland Government and has been awarded four Government citations including an Australia Day Award for her work in actively supporting Queenslanders during natural disasters.