Children’s Speech Pathologist Adelaide

Connect Allied Health

Speech pathology for children

  • Speech (intelligibility/clarity).
  • Expressive language (use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning).
  • Receptive language (understanding).
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad.
  • Fussy eating, problematic feeding and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).
  • Reading/writing (literacy).
  • Diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Education for parents and carers to maximise learning outcomes

Your child may benefit from speech pathology if they:

  • Doesn’t laugh, squeal or look toward sound at 6 months of age.
  • Have limited babbling at 9 months of age.
  • Do not point or use gestures at 12 months of age.
  • No first word, or doesn’t respond to “no” or “bye-bye” at 15 months of age.
  • Do not use at least 6-10 words consistently by 18 months of age.
  • Do not follow simple instructions by 20 months of age.
  • Have a vocab of less than 50 words or have a reduced interest in social interaction by 24 months of age.
  • Do not use simple sentences by 36 months of age.

Other Concerns

  • Picky/fussy eater, limited to 4-5 foods, gagging on certain textures
  • Difficulties with transitions
  • Repetitive or perseverative behaviours
  • Nil interest in communicating
  • Drooling excessively
  • Stutters consistently, for longer than 6 months

Speech pathology for adults

Connect Allied Health provide speech pathology services for adults who have a disability or post a range of medical issues, including intellectual disability, stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurological diseases (such as Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease), and many others, to target a range of areas including:

  • Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).
  • Speech (intelligibility/clarity).
  • Expressive language (use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning).
  • Receptive language (understanding).
  • Voice.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad.

You may benefit from speech pathology if you:

  • Cough when eating or drinking (referred to as aspiration).
  • Have difficulties ‘finding’ the right words.
  • Have difficulties understanding language.
  • Have unclear speech (reduced intelligibility).
  • We can provide mobile services to visit your home or Residential Aged Care facility.

Connect Allied Health

Our Process

Contact

Contact our friendly team on
(08) 8337 8770

Initial discussion

Discuss preferred supports, services and funding options

Commence on-board process

Complete risk assessments, schedule of supports, review and sign service agreement and consent form

Determine clinical team

Participant paired with appropriate clinician/s based on individual needs and goals

Set goals

Discuss goals with clinician

Schedule

Appointments coordinated and confirmed

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Tailoring our Services to your Individual Needs

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Jonathan

Clinical Lead Psychologist

Jonathan is a General Registered Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA), and he holds memberships with both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi). Jonathan commenced with Connect Allied Health as Clinical Lead Psychology in 2024.

About Jonathan:

Dedicated to fostering strong working relationships within therapy, Jonathan thrives on collaborative efforts to realize client objectives and aspirations. Central to his ethos is a commitment to personal growth, guiding individuals to overcome obstacles and unlock their potential. Embracing a person-centered philosophy, Jonathan customises each session to address his clients’ unique requirements, drawing from a diverse array of therapeutic frameworks including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based interventions. With a keen interest in psychological assessment, Jonathan specialises in diagnosing conditions such as ADHD, Autism, and Specific Learning Disorders. He also conducts comprehensive cognitive assessments to ascertain full-scale IQ, educational attainment, and learning styles, as well as executive functioning.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Compassionate, professional, calm and kind

Outside of work

Jonathan’s professional journey encompasses diverse roles, ranging from baking and piloting large-scale drones to personal training and working within the NDIS sector, catering to clients with varied needs. These experiences enable him to connect with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, fostering a nurturing, non-judgmental atmosphere conducive to growth and healing. Beyond his professional pursuits, Jonathan finds joy in watching Formula One, washing his cars, hitting the gym, and cherishing quality time with his loved ones and pets.

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Motorsports, drone flying and building, washing my cars, spending time with my family and pets, playing video games and gardening.

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Getting stuck in traffic and really hot days

Charlotte

Occupational Therapist

Charlotte completed a Master of Occupational Therapy at the end of 2022. She is looking forward to working with people of all ages to support independence and overall well-being outcomes. She is excited to be a part of the team and has been enjoying getting to know clients.

About Charlotte:

Before becoming an Occupational Therapist, Charlotte studied Psychological Science and French at university She has experience working in Virtual Reality research with adults in acute palliative care and aged care settings. She worked as a mentor with teenagers and young adults during her studies.

Charlotte appreciates the client-centred emphasis of Occupational Therapy, valuing fun and engaging sessions with clients and their families.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Creative, positive, and dedicated

Outside of work

Charlotte enjoys going on snorkelling trips, paddle boarding and spending time in nature. She also loves spending time with family and her cat.

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Sunny days and animals

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Blue cheese, wet socks

Mishka

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Mishka joined the Connect Allied Health team halfway through 2023- working as a positive behaviour support practitioner. She has degrees in social work and behavioural science and is passionate about improving people’s quality of life.

About Mishka:

Mishka has over 6.5 years’ experience working with children and people with disability. She loves working with children and supporting people with trauma and developmental delays. She has extensive experience with autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, complex trauma, and various mental health diagnoses. She is passionate about increasing people’s sense of belonging and connection with the community. She likes coming up with creative solutions and helping people meet their goals.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Positive, professional, approachable

Outside of work

Mishka enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for walks and curling up with a good book. She likes trying new activities, visiting friends’ interstate and exploring the art gallery.

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Good food and coffee, dogs and sleeping in

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Spiders, being cold and bad drivers

Katie

Katie

Therapy Coordinator

Katie joined Connect Allied Health in March 2021, she joins us with over 12 years’ experience in finance and enjoys all aspects of it.

Her current role is Finance Officer where she looks after accounts receivable (which mainly involves invoicing, payment allocations, and debtors) and assists with payroll.

Katie enjoys learning new things within the health industry (especially within NDIS).

About Katie:

Katie has worked in the health industry for 6 years and enjoys working for a company, that she feels, ‘truly cares about the clients and staff’.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Efficient, reliable, and loyal

Outside of work

Katie spends most of her time with her 3 boys (Noah, Jackson and Wyatt) and her Husband, Matt.

Katie enjoys travelling (although that has been put on hold, thanks to COVID and having a young family) and looks forward to seeing more of the world soon.

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Spending time with family, warm weather and music

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Spiders, winter and mess

Chloe

Chloe

Therapy Coordinator

Chloe joined Connect Allied Health at the beginning of 2022 as a dedicated therapy coordinator.

 
About Chloe:

Chloe plays an important role in supporting the clinical team and in ensuring participants are able to access preferred supports and services at times that work for their individual needs.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Thoughtful, compassionate, and cheerful

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Weekends away and chocolate

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Cold weather and magpies

Kate

Kate

Therapy Coordinator

Kate joined Connect Allied Health at the beginning of 2022 as a dedicated therapy coordinator.

 
About Kate:

Kate plays an important role in supporting the clinical team and in ensuring participants are able to access preferred supports and services at times that work for their individual needs.

Previously, Kate has worked in various healthcare settings including allied health, general practice and specialist doctor clinics, and has experience in both administrative and clinical assistance roles. She is also qualified and previously worked as a remedial massage therapist before moving to full-time office work when moving to Adelaide from regional Victoria in 2020.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Solutionist, friendly, and understanding

Outside of work

When Kate’s not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her partner and dog, travelling back to Victoria to visit family, and can usually be found watching some type of motorsport.

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Weekends away and chocolate

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Cold weather and magpies

Christie

Therapy Coordinator

Christie joined CAH in November 2021 as a therapy coordinator.

 
About Christie:

Christie has had a range of roles including customer service in retail and hospitality, field staff for non-for-profit organisations overseas, medical receptionist, administration and scheduling in the allied health industry. Each of these roles have contributed to her current role now to support her team, therapists and our CAH families.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Patient, understanding, and supportive

Outside of work

Christie enjoys spending free time growing her indoor plant collection and cuddling with her cats (some may even say that Christie is a crazy cat lady!). A perfect night consists of being on the couch, wrapped in a blanket watching Netflix with UberEats on the way.

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Cats, plants, and naps

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Being hungry, the cold

Debbie

Debbie

Finance Manager

Debbie joined Connect Allied Health in April 2019 and heads up our Finance department, she brings 30 + years’ experience working within the Health industry in a financial role doing end to end accounting including payroll.

 
About Debbie:

Debbie joined Connect Allied Health in April 2019 and heads up our Finance department, she brings 30 + years’ experience working within the Health industry in a financial role doing end to end accounting including payroll.

 

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Organised, diligent, and kindhearted

Outside of work

Debbie is passionate about working in a health service industry where in the background she can help to support the team by assisting to build a strong financial company.

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Walking and reading

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Spiders and people leaving trolleys in car parks

Alex

Alexandra

Strategy & Operations

Alex joined CAH in 2018 as the practice manager, helping to grow the team and provide additional head office administrative support to our wonderful clinicians. Alex’s role has changed and evolved over the years and she is now working with the director, focusing on operations, and strategic planning.

 
About Alexandra:

Alex joined CAH in 2018 as the practice manager, helping to grow the team and provide additional head office administrative support to our wonderful clinicians. Alex’s role has changed and evolved over the years and she is now working with the director, focusing on operations, and strategic planning

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, hard-working, and solutionist

Outside of work

Alex loves to shop and spend most of her free time at play cafes, playgrounds or on play dates with her 2 kids, Mackenzie, 5, and Ollie, 2. When she does get to enjoy some rare kid-free time, Alex loves nothing more than a nice meal out with friends with a good bottle of bubbles or an espresso martini (in a cute new outfit of course).

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Coffee, good food, good wine and good company

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Mess, disorganisation and spiders

Jemma

Jemma

Developmental Educator & Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Jemma joined CAH in 2019 as an administration assistant before changing and involving into various roles, her current role being Governance and Compliance ManagerJemma’s current roles focuses on ensuring compliance for both staff and clients for our NDIS audits.

 
About Jemma:

Prior to joining CAH Jemma had a varied history, including being; a school teacher, complaints case manager within telecommunications, travel agent and in various scheduling roles.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Efficient, supportive, and reliable

Outside of work

Jemma spends most of her time with her son Caleb, husband Daniel and numerous pets (currently her dog Sophie, two cats and lots of fish).

Jemma also has a love of traveling, visiting a number of countries including Egypt, Jordan, China, the UK, America, Indonesia and Thailand. The next big destination she is dreaming of is Peru (Machu Picchu).

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Summer, travelling and reading

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Housework (cleaning)

Maria

Maria

Developmental Educator & Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Maria joined the CAH team in 2023 as a Developmental Educator and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. She loves working and supporting people with diverse backgrounds to meet their needs and achieve their goals.

About Maria:

Maria has prior experience working in a variety of settings with a diverse range of people in various roles such as a support worker/mentor, therapy assistant and student support officer in education settings. She commenced working as a Developmental Educator and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in 2021 where she has supported young people and adults to develop social skills, transition/engage in the community, support with activities of daily living, transport training, emotional regulation, basic communication development and support the reduction of behaviours of concerns. Maria has a passion for supporting people to achieve their goals in a person-centred, fun, and creative way that is also motivating to the person and their needs!

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Positive, professional, approachable

Outside of work

Maria loves spending quality time with friends and family, spending time at the beach and enjoying the outdoors!

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Travelling and a good coffee

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Heights and early morning starts

Liz

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Liz joined CAH in June of this year. With a background of more than 20 years as a dedicated teacher, Liz pursued postgraduate studies in Positive Behaviour Support. Currently, her role involves working closely with individual clients and their stakeholders to provide practical strategies that promote independence and enhance their overall quality of life in their respective environments.

About Liz:

Liz’s professional journey spans over two decades as a Primary School Teacher, during which she has consistently strived to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all her students to flourish. Her invaluable firsthand experience working with children with disabilities has fuelled her passion for fostering a solution-focused atmosphere that prioritises inclusion and well-being. Liz also possesses a keen interest in trauma-informed practices, further emphasising her commitment to the holistic development of her students. 

Recently, Liz has successfully transitioned her expertise to work with individuals of all ages with disabilities. Her dedication lies in empowering her clients and their support networks to cultivate the necessary skills and knowledge to engage, participate, and thrive, ultimately enabling them to reach their full potential. Liz’s approach is centred around each individual, carefully tailoring her strategies to meet their specific needs while emphasising motivation, independence, and improved quality of life.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Positive, professional, approachable

Outside of work

During her leisure time, Liz likes spending time with friends and family. She actively pursues various physical activities and enjoys travelling. She finds joy in the sea and the mountains, particularly when supporting her family’s sailing endeavours and participating in snowboarding during the winter season.

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Dogs, walking on the beach and in the hills, going to the gym and reading a good book.

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Traffic, snakes and spin classes.

Galih Mosel

Galih Mosel

Occupational Therapist

Galih began working as an Occupational Therpist in 2022, and joined the Connect Allied Health team August 2023. She is always keen to meet new people and loves working with a diverse range of presentations.

About Galih:

Galih completed a Bachelor of Psychology at University of Adelaide, followed by a Master of Occupational Therapy at Bond University in the Gold Coast. She has experience across a range of ages, cultures, and stages of life. Different areas she has worked in as an OT include infant, child, adolescent, and adult mental health; residential and community aged care; home modifications and assistive technology.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Positive, professional, approachable

Outside of work

Loves travelling and eating good food. But she always comes home to Adelaide, enjoys going back to the river in Renmark and visiting Indonesia, where she grew up.

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Spicy food, Led Zeppelin, family and friends are everything

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Capsicums

Jurida

Jurida

Speech Pathologist

Jurida is a multilingual certified practicing speech pathologist and joined our clinic in 2022. She has experience working in a variety of settings and a variety of range of practise areas, including speech, language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), literacy, fluency, social skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and paediatric dysphagia.

About Jurida:

Juri holds a fundamental belief that the ability to communicate with others and everyday participation in functional activities is an essential right. She uses evidence -based practice, and is passionate about supporting people across the lifespan to improve their communication and everyday participation in functional activities.

Juri is committed to providing holistic and individualised care through a client -centred approach, and enjoys connecting with clients and their families forming positive relationships, for an enhanced contribution to their development through therapy sessions.

Juri is dedicated to ongoing professional development, and has a strong interest in adult dysphagia.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, diligent, and caring

Outside of work

Outside of work Juri loves to spend time with her family, loves animals, enjoys travelling, art and spending time outdoors.

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Animals and being outdoors in the nature

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Animal cruelty and single use plastics

Clara

Kasey

Speech Pathologist

Clara is a multilingual speech pathologist and joined our clinic in 2023. She has experience working with children and adults to promote skills in speech, language, social communication, play, literacy and fluency.

About Clara:

Clara’s mother tongue is Spanish and she is proficient in Italian. She has a deep understanding of the cultural and linguistic differences that can impact speech sounds, language development and communication across languages and cultures. This allows her to provide tailored and culturally respectful therapy to multilingual clients, their families, carers and schools.

Clara is also a mum to two teenage boys, so she understands how busy life gets with young children. She is passionate about involving families and teachers to ensure therapy goals are realistic and compatible with life outside the clinic.

Clara provides evidence based practice and works collaboratively with clients of all ages, abilities, languages and cultures to achieve meaningful and functional therapy outcomes. She does this by clearly explaining the rationale behind therapy choices and regularly measuring progress.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, passionate, and creative

Outside of work

Outside of work, Clara spends time with her own family and friends, walking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening and playing boardgames.

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Colour, climate activists, outdoor live music, languages

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Traffic, ironing, aphids, spam callers

Kasey

Kasey

Speech Pathologist

Kasey joined Connect Allied Health in January 2023 as a New Graduate Speech Pathologist following the completion of her Bachelor Degree in Speech Pathology in 2022. Kasey is passionate about working with clients of all ages to support them in reaching their goals.

About Kasey:

Kasey has experience working with children for 5 years as a disability support worker and an OSHC educator. Throughout these roles Kasey developed her skills and knowledge of working with and supporting children and their families to reach their goals.

During her final year of study, Kasey completed an honours project looking into the role of speech pathologists in frailty, expanding her knowledge of the adult population as well as the research world.

Kasey travelled to Port Pirie and Mount Gambier during her University studies to complete clinical placements, gaining rich experience while working in the rural setting.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Driven, passionate, and kind

Outside of work

Outside of work Kasey loves to run, travel, and go camping. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and visiting new coffee shops and brunch spots.

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Sunsets and shopping

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Bad traffic and cold weather

Nilakshi

Nilakshi

Occupational Therapist

Nilakshi graduated from Flinders University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy and she recently joined the Connect Allied Health team. She is passionate to support clients of all ages and to see them engage in meaningful occupations and become independent.

About Nilakshi:

Nilakshi is a very friendly clinician who has experience teaching piano for a wide range of students in various schools across Adelaide. She has enjoyed working with children and families supporting their development while studying at university. She has also thoroughly enjoyed her experience working with adults during her placements at university.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, diligent, and creative

Outside of work

Nilakshi enjoys spending time with her family and going out for hikes.

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Good sleep and ice cream

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Traffic and winter

Janae

Janae

Occupational Therapist

Bio coming soon.

About Janae:

Coming soon.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, creative, and passionate

Outside of work

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Good coffee, the gym, dogs and eating desserts

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Disorganization, overheating, big crowds and being sick

Dom

Dom

Speech Pathologist

Dominique joined Connect Allied Health in 2023 as a Speech Pathologist after graduating her Bachelor of Speech Pathology in late 2022. She works with children and adults across the lifespan to improve their quality of life and functional communication.

About Dom:

Dominique has experience working in a variety of settings and a variety of range of practise areas including fluency, speech, language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), literacy and social skills.

Dominique has a special interest in supporting individuals who are minimally verbal through the use of AAC systems, to access the different functions of language. She also has a keen interest in dysphagic clients. Furthermore, Dominique enjoys providing therapeutic supports to her clients with speech and articulation communication difficulties, working with families to provide at-home support. She enjoys providing therapy sessions that take a neurodiverse and holistic approach, and understanding what motivates the client to support the best outcomes of therapy.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Bubbly, vivacious, and communicative

Outside of work

Dominique love spending time with her partner and her friends, going to the gym, drinking coffee and blasting some tunes!

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Good coffee, the gym, dogs and eating desserts

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Disorganization, overheating, big crowds and being sick

Karla

Karla

Physiotherapist

Karla is an experienced physiotherapist, and joined the CAH team in September of 2022. She enjoys making sure that people can function as pain free and to the best of their abilities through exercises and hands on physiotherapy.

About Karla:

Karla has been a physiotherapist for 10 years, mainly working with the adult population. Karla has experience supporting people of all ages and walks of life, from footy players to those in aged care facilities. She has enjoyed working in rehab settings, to support elderly people to remain in their homes after injury or illness. Karla’s passion is to ensure that everyone, from young children to older adults, are able to function to their full potential and be as independent as possible.

Karla is continuing to develop her paediatric skills to best support children, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in improving their core strength and engagement in physical activities.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Easy-going, knowldegable, and fun

Outside of work

In her time away from work, Karla spends time with her partner, 3 kids and 2 dogs.

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Dogs and crime shows

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Reality tv and birds

Tania

Tania

Developmental Educator

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Tania commenced as a Developmental Educator in July 2022, and is passionate about working in a role where she can support people with disability to build capacity and independence and to achieve their goals.

About Tania:

Tania brings a wide variety of different experiences to her role as Developmental Educator, previously having worked for 25 years as a nurse and 18 months as a Support Coordinator. She also has lived experienced. As a nurse she worked with a wide variety of people including individuals with dementia and difficult behaviours. Support Coordination has shown her the intricacies of the NDIS funding model and how to get the best supports for your funding. Having personal lived experience brings with it the knowledge of how disability can affect a household and the support lived experience can bring to the therapy process.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, enthusiastic, and driven

Outside of work

Tania loves to crochet, go exploring with family and relaxing with a good book.

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Animals, the beach, and long lunches with friends

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Brussel sprouts, traffic, and running late

Louisa

Louisa

Clinical Mentor – Speech Pathologist

Louisa began working as a Speech Pathologist in 2021 and believes that every individual has a right to communicate and express themselves. Louisa has worked with people across the lifespan in a wide range of clinical areas.

About Louisa:

Louisa has the most experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder, supporting their speech and language development, literacy, social communication,  play skills and functional communication. She has additional training in early intervention, developmental language disorders and assessment and intervention for children with autism. In addition to working across a broad scope with children, Louisa has experience working with adults who have had strokes, intellectual disabilities, and voice disorders. For all her clients aged 0-99, she enjoys working collaboratively with them, their family and support network to create functional goals that will have the biggest difference to their lives.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, innovative, and kind

Outside of work

Louisa is adventurous and enjoys travelling and new experiences. She is learning to surf, loves swimming and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

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Summer, Harry Potter, finding cafes with the best coffee

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Winter, running, pineapple on pizza

Rosie

Rosie

Podiatrist

Rosie Haddad graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Podiatry degree with first class Honours in 2005. She is a fully qualified Podiatrist that has worked in various Podiatry settings between South Australia, NSW and Victoria including Private Practices, Community health centres, multi-disciplinary allied health practices, Public Hospitals, outreach clinics and Residential Aged Care Facilities for the past 16 years. She established Foot & Sole Podiatry in Torrensville SA in 2020 and has a satellite clinic with PartridgeGP in Glenelg enabling her to provide services in Metropolitan Adelaide SA.

About Rosie:

Rosie is a friendly and passionate Podiatrist with extensive experience across all areas of Podiatry. Rosie’s experiences include assessment and management of patients with Diabetes and chronic disease, Paediatric assessments, Sports related injury management, Orthotic therapy, Dry Needling of the lower limb, heel pain management, Ingrown toenail treatment, and General nail and skin care of the feet. She provides home visit treatments to clients with experiencing working with NDIS funded clientele.

Rosie strives to make a difference in her patient’s everyday life. She looks forward to helping her patients achieve their goal whether it is reducing foot pain, improving the way the foot functions, foot injury prevention and generally making your feet more comfortable.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, cheerful, and positive

Outside of work

Spending time with family and friends, taking my dog Dotti for walks, watching true crime documentaries on netflix and hope to travel more around Australia especially back to Melbourne to see my nieces and nephew.

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Autumn weather, all types of chocolate, sleep ins on a Sunday

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Early morning starts, impatient drivers, being unorganised

Far

Far

Senior Developmental Educator
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Far joined CAH as a developmental educator and PBS practitioner and works within the therapy and positive behaviour support space. She enjoys the diversity within her role and supporting people to achieve their goals.

About Far:

Far has worked in the disability space for approximately 6 years in various roles such as support worker/mentor, ABA therapist, therapy assistant and clinician. In her current role as a senior DE/PBS practitioner, Far enjoys supporting clients to overcome challenges in creative ways, and also loves celebrating the achievement of milestones and individual goals.

Far has experience working in social skills development, emotional regulation, transition planning between accommodation/school/employment, sensory sensitivities, basic communication strategies, some support with activities of daily living, transport training and addressing behaviors of concern.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Knowledgeable, supportive, and creative

Outside of work

Far enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Where possible she likes going to live concerts and shows, being outdoors, travelling and camping.

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All things food and wine

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Not a morning person

Maria

Maria

Occupational Therapist

Maria is a friendly and bubbly occupational therapist who initially commenced with CAH as an allied health assistant in 2021, and has been practicing occupational therapy since the beginning of 2022. Maria is passionate about working with clients to reach their full potential and engage in occupations which are meaningful to them through play and having fun.

About Maria:

Maria has worked with children and young adults with challenges in sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, activities of daily living and behaviour. She also has experience working with people across the lifespan to support their development, independence, function and engagement in meaningful occupations. Maria ensures her sessions are tailored to her clients interests and needs to increase engagement, motivation and work towards achievement of goals.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, enthusiastic, and fun

Outside of work

In her spare time, Maria enjoys spending time outdoors, watching plays/musicals and having fun with friends and family.

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Coffee, music, drawing, and dogs

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Humidity and early mornings

Orla

Orla

Senior Speech Pathologist

Orla graduated from Flinders University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology. She has experience working with school-aged children (aged 5-16) and adults with brain injuries (aged 28 to 67) to support their literacy, language, fluency and speech skills.

About Orla:

Orla enjoys connecting with her clients and their families based on the similarities and differences of their cultural backgrounds, hobbies and experiences. She is a motivated team player and is committed to furthering her knowledge as a speech pathologist at Connect Allied Health.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Vivacious, caring and positive

Outside of work

Orla loves going to the gym, drinking coffee with friends, singing in her choir, and road-tripping.

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Dogs, beach sunsets, op-shopping and puns

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Being disorganised and slow drivers

Cora

Cora

Senior Occupational Therapist

Cora joined the Connect Allied Health team in early 2021. She has experience across the lifespan in working with children in preschools and schools, working in a hospital with adults and working in an aged care home. She is looking forward to developing her skills as a new Occupational Therapist.

About Cora:

Cora is passionate about sharing her love for music, so whilst she was studying, she taught piano and cello to a wide range of students for 4 years. Cora has always loved children as she has 14 younger cousins who she grew up with. She enjoys the un-predictableness of them, getting to know their personalities and playing games with them. Cora is looking forward to assisting children and families to achieve their goals whilst having fun through various activities.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Creative, motivated, and compassionate

Outside of work

Cora loves spending time with her partner and her mini poodle. She enjoys playing the piano, going for hikes and playing netball with her friends.

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Passionfruit gelato, the smell of rain and beach evenings

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Heat waves, ocean plastic and rock music

Trent

Trent

Clinical Manager
Senior Occupational Therapist

Trent joint CAH in February 2022. Trent is one of our Clinical Managers and is based in the Riverland. Trent spends his time supporting other clinicians and working with people all across the lifespan with a special interest in Complex Home Modifications, Assistive Technology, and helping people develop their skills and independent in Activities of Daily Living.

Trent is a valued member of the CAH leadership team.

About Trent:

Trent is a country man at heart and has lived / worked rurally his whole life. Trent started working as an OT in 2018 and has since had positions in both private and government roles working in Paediatrics, Acute Inpatients, Community Over 65s, Hand Therapy, and Rehabilitation.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Knowledgable, driven, supportive, and chilled

Outside of work

Outside of work you will typically find Trent at the river or out camping with friends and family. Anything outdoors suits him!

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Summer, footy, fishing, water sports, time with family

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Winter, traffic

Emily

Emily

Clinical Manager
Senior Speech Pathologist

Emily joined CAH in 2021 and is a clinical manager and senior speech pathologist.

About Emily:

Emily brings a wealth of experience working with children as a speech pathologist to CAH. Her work to date has focused on helping children with a diverse range of speech, language, social communication and literacy needs.

She completed a Bachelor of Music at Adelaide University, followed by a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University, including a study abroad program at the University of Reading, UK.

Emily prides herself on providing neurodiversity affirming approaches for her neurodiverse clients as well as providing families with honest and clear communication. Emily delivers therapy in a kind and gentle manner to connect with children and their families. She loves being a part of the therapy journey with her clients and watching them reach their goals.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Professional, supportive, and calm

Outside of work

Emily is a mum to two busy school aged children and enjoys being active outdoors.

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Bush waking with friends and family.

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Traffic and cold weather!

Jessica

Jessica

Clinical Manager
Senior Speech Pathologist

Jessica commenced as a speech pathologist earlier in 2020 and is passionate about supporting people across the lifespan to improve their communication skills and everyday participation.

About Jessica:

Jessica has worked with people of all ages to support their expressive and receptive language skills, articulation of speech sounds, social thinking, and literacy skills, and is thoughtful and creative in supporting clients to effectively communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, and feelings.

Jessica is dedicated to supporting clients and their network to develop skills and knowledge to engage, participate, and thrive, to maximise therapy outcomes and achieve their full potential!

Jessica upholds a person-centred approach and carefully considers the individual needs of her clients to make activities fun and motivating!

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Enthusiastic, dedicated, and kindhearted

Outside of work

Jessica loves animals, spending time outdoors, and living sustainably.

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Dogs and the beach

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Rain and single use plastics

Tara

Tara

Clinical Manager

Senior Occupational Therapist
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Tara has experience working with toddlers, school age children, teenagers, and young adults. Tara is deeply passionate about supporting children to reach their full potential and to have some fun along the way! Tara cannot wait to learn more about working with adults and the elderly in their homes and within the community to support their goals.

About Tara:

Tara loves to watch her clients learn, grow, and increase their independence. Tara loves that occupational therapy has no “one size fits all” and everyone is different and possesses different skills!

Tara is very excited to be a part of the Connect Allied Health team! 😊

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Supportive, enthusiastic, and creative

Outside of work

Tara has a young border collie puppy, Luna, who keeps her on her toes! She is a country girl at heart and because of that she loves the outdoors and being down at the river. Tara loves her sport and plays netball and volleyball.

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Dogs, coffee and the river

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SPIDERS!

Kara

Kara

General Manager – Clinical (Regional & PBS)

Senior Occupational Therapist
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Connect Allied Health are super excited to introduce our senior occupational therapist and positive behaviour support practitioner, Kara!

Kara is an experienced clinician and has worked with clients of all ages, from small children to the elderly. Kara is especially passionate about supporting children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to maximise their independence and reach their full potential.

About Kara:

Kara has recently supported clients to develop skills to make their lunch for school, shop for groceries in the community, and develop positive behaviour support plans to minimise and eliminate behaviours of concern.

Kara loves the vast nature of OT, with no two days being the same.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Leader, professional and compassionate

Outside of work

Kara loves being on the water, including canoeing, fishing, water skiing and swimming at the beach or river. She is also a keen Harry Potter fan (fellow fans might recognise the train line behind her in the photo from the Harry Potter movies).
Kara is also a big fan of coffee and likes to kick start her day with a strong brew.

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Skiing on the river and dogs

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Busy shopping centres and doing the dishes

Mary

Mary

Clinical Manager

Senior Occupational Therapist
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Mary is an experienced occupational therapist, with approximately 6.5 years in the field, and has been with CAH for just over 1 year. Mary has worked with clients of all ages and in a range of settings from aged care to paediatrics.

About Mary:

Mary has always held a true passion for assisting and supporting people of all ages increase their independence, achieve their individual goals, and improve their quality of life.

In the adult population, Mary has experience in equipment prescription, rehabilitation, and minor home modifications. In the paediatric population, Mary has experience working with children who have difficulties with fine and gross motor skills, behavioural difficulties, and sensory sensitivities, including children diagnosed with Intellectual Disability, learning delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Dedicated, dynamic, and calm

Outside of work

Mary loves spending time with her partner, family, friends, and her two cheeky sausage dogs (Kevin and Gary) who keep them very busy. Mary loves reading, good food, travel, music, and coffee. 😊

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Good food and good coffee

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Traffic and mess and disorganisation

Sarah

Sarah

General Manager – Clinical Metro

Senior Speech Pathologist

Sarah is a dedicated and passionate speech pathologist, with around 5 years’ experience in the field. Sarah is passionate about working with children with speech, language, and social communication difficulties and adults with communication and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).

About Sarah:

Sarah enjoys all aspects of speech pathology and has a special interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to support individuals who are non-verbal or minimally verbal to find ways other ways to communicate. Sarah is dedicated to providing person-centered interventions and creates personalised and fun sessions that are based on what motivates the individual to support engagement and the best possible outcomes.

Sarah’s role at Connect Allied Health also involves mentoring our dedicated and talented speech pathology team to support ongoing professional development, in line with our commitment to ensuring evidence-based practice. Sarah supports a collaborative approach at Connect Allied Health, working alongside our Director, Clinical Managers, and Senior Clinicians, to maximise client outcomes and continuity of care.

Connect Allied Health describe her as:

Leader, dynamic, and compassionate

Outside of work

Sarah enjoys spending time with family, friends and her fur baby, Ollie.

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Summer, tea, chocolate and Netflix

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Early mornings, winter and running late