Speech Pathologists

Cindy

Cindy Leighton

Team Leader – Speech Pathology
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Cindy is a talented and experienced speech pathologist of more than 25 years. She holds the role of Team Leader – Speech Pathology whilst like everyone else still seeing some clients. Her primary focus is our Gawler Office and Clare outreach as well as working with Diana and Kim on the professional support program for all staff. She has long term experience with clients who have complex needs and require Augmentative or Alternate communication systems, children with early language needs and language and literacy within the school aged population. She also has a history of working in health with adults with Dysphagia.

Specialisations

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • ASD and Intellectual Disability
  • School age language and literacy
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Leadership and Professional Support

Kim Adams

Kim Adams

Team Leader – Speech Pathology
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Kim brings a number of highly valuable skills to this practice. As well as an experienced speech pathologist and clinical educator, she is a qualified Teacher of the Deaf and a fluent Auslan speaker. Kim, up until recently has been the Deputy Principal at Klemzig Primary School which has a hearing impaired unit but has now joined Good Prospects on a full-time basis as Tema Leader – Speech Pathology. Her leadership skills in this practice across her range of experiences are considered invaluable and she like all senior staff are involved directly in seeing clients.

Specialisations

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child speech
  • Curriculum related issues
  • Clinical education
  • Auslan speaking

Vanessa Fung

Vanessa Fung

Senior Speech Pathologist – Metro

Qualified as a speech pathologist in Australia, Vanessa is originally from Singapore and in addition to her excellent English she is fluent in Mandarin. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (First class honours).

Vanessa is trained in both Hanen and PECS and her experiences include working in an early intervention team, therapy with voice clients and adult neurological and swallowing work. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Vanessa worked supported students at the Pathlight school for students with Autism, in Singapore.

Specialisations

  • Early intervention
  • Working with Children with Autism
  • Child speech and language
  • Voice
  • Adult language and swallowing
  • Mandarin speaking

Chiara Modoo

Chiara Modoo

Senior Speech Pathologist – Riverland

Chiara has joined the Good Prospects team in a full time and senior role out of our Berri office after significant experience. She has had the privilege of working in SA education, Country Health SA, the NHS in the UK and most recently in the Eastern Pilbara of WA. Chiara is a native Sunraysia/Riverland person and has chosen to return to Berri to be close to family and friends and it is a pleasure to welcome her on board with us.

Specialisations

  • Working with Indigenous populations
  • Adult stroke and Dysphagia
  • Voice
  • Child Speech
  • Parkinson’s LVST LOUD therapy
  • Commitment to a strong inter-disciplinary focus

Rebecca Farrelly

Rebecca Farrelly

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Rebecca has worked in a range of low-socio-economic communities and is passionate in particular about working with Autism and AAC. She has experience with sensory feeding issues as well. Prior to joining her chosen profession of Speech Pathology, Rebecca worked as an education support officer in a northern suburbs school supporting children with complex needs, working with early literacy and social skills groups. As well as having managed busy and complex caseloads, Rebecca has had experience working with adults who have speech, language and swallowing needs.

Specialisations

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • AAC and children with complex needs
  • Child speech, language and literacy
  • Curriculum related issues
  • Adult speech, language and swallowing

Jessica Harders

Jessica Harders

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Jess holds a full time position based in the Riverland out of our Berri office. She has worked with adults in swallowing including nursing homes. Her experience with school aged clients includes those who live in rural and remote locations and she has run individual therapy and literacy groups. Jess also has experience with very young children in supporting the development of their speech and language skills and in working with people who require AAC devices

Specialisations

  • Child speech
  • Child early intervention
  • ASD and Disability
  • AAC
  • School age language and literacy (inc group work)
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Outback and rural experience

Kaitlin Jacques-Dempsey

Kaitlin Jacques-Dempsey

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Kaitlin holds a full time position based in the Riverland out of our Berri office. She has worked with adults in swallowing and rehabilitation, with clients who have voice or fluency (stuttering disorders). Her experience with school aged clients includes those that have hearing and vision difficulties as well as those with ASD and other syndromes. She has completed some AUSLAN training and has additional experience with specific literacy intervention programs such as Multi-Lit©.

Specialisations

  • Child speech
  • Fluency
  • Voice
  • School age language and literacy
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • ASD and Disability

Jesrin Joseph

Jesrin Joseph

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Jesrin has worked extensively with school aged students including those with hearing impairment both therapeutically and in the provision of broader school focused services. He has worked in a hospital setting providing acute services as well as rehab for people who have stokes, need voice therapy and swallowing (Dysphagia) therapy. His key skills and interests are choosing and administering a variety of assessments formal and informal, easily building rapport with clients and devising play based assessment and therapy sessions. Jesrin is a fluent Malayalam speaker and can read and write Hindi as well.

Specialisations

  • AAC and children with complex needs
  • Child speech, language and literacy
  • Adult Speech and Language therapy
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing)
  • Voice
  • Malayalam Speaking
  • Hindi Reading and Writing

Hannah Luxton

Hannah Luxton

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

In addition to being a Speech Pathologist, Hannah has a degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology). She is passionate about working with clients and their families in a holistic and inclusive manner. Her areas of experience include working with children who have speech and language difficulties, fluency disorders (stuttering) and adult swallowing assessments. She has worked across pre-schools and schools in both metropolitan and country locations.

Specialisations

  • Child speech
  • Fluency
  • School age language and literacy
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Tele-health

Sevanah Pantelis

Sevanah Pantelis

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

In addition to her Speech Pathology Qualification, Sevanah holds a Bachelor of Letters and has additional training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Vocabulary and language intervention. She has had experience with literacy screening projects in schools and experience working with elderly people who have swallowing disorders. Sevanah has volunteered time at the Talkback Aphasia Association amongst her other community activities.

Specialisations

  • Child speech
  • Child early intervention
  • ASD and Disability
  • School age language and literacy (inc group work)
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Greek Speaking

Lakkari Rigney

Lakkari Rigney

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

With previous experience in the private sector and provision of multi-disciplinary services, Lakkari is a talented and proudly indigenous (Ngarrindjeri) speech pathologist who holds a first class honours degree in swallowing. Experienced with AAC and early intervention, Lakkari also has a depth of experience with adults working with swallowing and adult rehabilitation, feeding and school aged clients. She is passionate about client centred care and strong collaborative practice.

Specialisations

  • Swallowing/Dysphagia
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child and adult speech
  • Adult rehabilitation
  • Feeding and mealtime management
  • Alternate and Augmentative communication
  • Aboriginal-Ngarrindjeri

Christy Tam

Christy Tam

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Christy is a qualified speech pathologist in Australia, originally from Hong Kong, she speaks 3 languages including English (like a native), Mandarin and Cantonese. She holds a Master of Speech Pathology and prior to that she has studied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. Her area of experience include working with young children who have speech and language difficulties, as well as adults who had strokes or brain injuries in both the acute hospital and community setting. Before becoming a speech pathologist, Christy has worked with school-aged children at an education centre in Hong Kong.

Specialisations

  • Early intervention
  • Child speech and language
  • Adult speech and language
  • Dysphagia (swallowing)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Mandarin and Cantonese speaking

Chelsea Walker

Chelsea Walker

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Chelsea is an Honours Graduate of Flinders University having written a paper on water protocols in relation to swallowing in hospitals. Her experience includes working with Autism, SA, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre with Adults working with Children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Specialisations

  • Early intervention
  • Child speech and language
  • Adult language and rehabilitation
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Working with complex Disability including ASD

Ivy Zhai

Ivy Zhai

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Having trained as a speech pathologist in Australia, Ivy is originally from mainland China and is qualified bilingual speech pathologist, fluent in both English and Mandarin. She holds a Master of Chinese Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts in addition to her Masters’ Speech Pathology qualification. Ivy’s employment experiences include working in Department for Education with preschool and school aged children who have speech and language difficulties, working in an early intervention team, fluency clients and therapy with the aged with swallowing and communication issues.

Specialisations

  • Early intervention
  • Child speech and language
  • Adult language
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing)
  • Fluency
  • Mandarin Speaking and Cantonese comprehending

 

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