Speech Pathologists

Cindy

Cindy Leighton

Senior Speech Pathologist – Level 2

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

Senior Speech Pathologist – Level 2

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
  • Leadership and Professional Support

Alice Carr

Alice Carr

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Originally from Renmark, Alice worked at Novita in Adelaide for 2 years and has recently returned home from the U.K., where she worked for three years. She has gained valuable experience at several specialised schools and has worked with a variety of age groups. Enjoying working with young children, Alice is excited to bring her knowledge to Good Prospects’ clientele. She is also looking forward to bringing all of her experience back to the Riverland and developing more skills in working with the elderly.

Specialisations

  • ASD and disability
  • Early intervention
  • Complex needs and PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties)
  • AAC

Vanessa Fung

Vanessa Fung

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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

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

Speech Assistant

Baenita Thiveanathan

Baenita Thiveanathan

Speech Assistant

Baenita did her final speech pathology placement at Good Prospects fully in tele-health from Singapore due to COVID. She has completed her course but cannot be called a Speech Pathologist yet until the university has approved her degree (December 2020). She is employed with us remotely for now, especially with Riverland clients and we are expecting her back to work with us face to face in the very near future as a fully qualified and on the ground speech pathologist who has had some great experience already with Good Prospects. The work we have done with Baenita will be part of the Speech Pathology Australia Conference papers in Darwin, 2021.

Madison Kearney

Madison Kearney

Speech Assistant

Madison is a final year speech pathology student who has completed all of her qualifications but cannot be called a Speech Pathologist until the University finally approve her degree in December. She has made the commitment to return to her home town of Berri in SA’s Riverland and will work with us as a Speech Assistant part time until becoming fully recognised when she will join us full-time as a fully qualified Speech Pathologist.

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