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 Team 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

Emily King

Emily King

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Emily is a caring and experienced Speech Pathologist of over 10 years. She has extensive experience working with paediatric clients across Adelaide in school, clinic and home environments. Emily has a strong commitment to see each child reach their full potential and works closely with the family to create functional goals for the child. Emily uses evidence based therapy approaches in a kind and gentle manner to connect with children and families.

Specialisations

  • Child Speech/articulation
  • Literacy skills
  • School age language skills

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

Louisa Crotti

Louisa Crotti

Louisa is a soon to be graduate of a Master of Speech Pathology, and is due to be a qualified Speech Pathologist in December 2020. Louisa also has a Bachelor in Psychological Science and has placement experience in rehabilitation, school-based intervention and early intervention. Louisa is passionate about providing person-centred therapy and believes in the right for everyone to communicate and be heard by their loved ones and community.

Specialisations

  • Paediatric language/literacy
  • Paediatric speech
  • Early intervention
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive communication/social skills

Kaitlin Jacques-Dempsey

Kaitlin Jacques-Dempsey

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Kaitlin has held a full time position based in the Riverland out of our Berri office for 2 years. 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©. She is now based back in the Adelaide Metropolitan offices of Good Prospects and we welcome her into her 3rd year with our practice.

Specialisations

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

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

Emma Stewart

Emma Stewart

Emma is in her final year of a Master of Speech Pathology and is soon to be a graduate. Emma will be a qualified speech pathologist in late December 2020. In addition to Masters, Emma also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science, where she gained experience and knowledge in how the body works, with emphasis on anatomy and brain function. She has a passion for improving the lives of both children and adults with delayed or disordered speech and language, cognitive communication difficulties and swallowing difficulties.

Specialisations

  • Paediatric language
  • Paediatric speech
  • Dysphagia
  • Cognitive communication

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

Rebecca Jachmann-Evans

Rebecca Jachmann-Evans

Speech Assistant

Bec is a final year Masters 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 enjoys the scope speech pathology has to offer and is very person-centred in her approach to diagnosis and therapy. Rebecca loves to work with a variety of clients (and their caregivers) to achieve the best possible outcomes for each personal circumstance across the lifespan. She particularly enjoys the triumphs and challenges associated with Early Intervention Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Dysphagia (Swallowing). Bec understands that if therapy is a necessary part of life, it shouldn’t be boring. So, she aims to use play-based learning as often as possible to maximise learning through fun!

Specialisations

  • Early Intervention
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (particularly girls)
  • Dysphagia
  • Articulation
  • Communication & Social Skills

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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