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Consulting Speech-Language Pathologists

Professional Support and Leadership Team

Good Prospects prides itself on having and developing the best speech pathologists possible. Key to this is strong professional support for all staff whatever their level of experience. Our professional support and leadership team work hands on with clients and alongside all staff and to ensure that this is possible.

Diana Bleby – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Diana is the Principal Speech Pathologist of the practice with personal specialisations in school age and adolescent therapy along with her long-term pre-school paediatric speech, language and fluency work. She has 25 years of experience working in State Education as a field and Senior Speech Pathologist/line manager and 10 years as a Professional Recognition Assessor with Speech Pathology Australia. As a former State Branch President, she is committed to lobbying for effective and appropriate speech pathology services for all people whatever their walk in life.

Specialisations

  • Child Speech
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Literacy
  • Fluency
  • Professional Development for school and pre-school staff
  • Leadership and Professional Support
  • German speaking
Cindy Leighton – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Cindy is a talented and experienced speech pathologist of more than 25 years. She holds the role of Senior Speech Pathologist – Professional Support whilst like everyone else still seeing some clients. Her primary focus is our Gawler Office and Clare outreach as well as working with Diana 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

Deidre Baird – Practice
Manager

Deidre Baird – Practice Manager

Deidre has a wealth of experience working in the Home Care and Aged Care Sectors including being a Health and Wellness planner coordinating service providers. Her long history of developing and creating policy in these sectors means that she has a crucial role in ensuring that Good Prospects maintains the highest of standards when it comes to compliance with organisations such as the NDIS, Medicare, SA Health and Private Health Insurance Providers. She is the face of our practice at our main Salisbury office and the person you are most likely to talk to when you first call.

Specialisations

  • Practice Manager
  • Policy and Practice Development
  • Administration
  • Adult and Disability Services Advisor
Speech Pathologists
Kim Adams – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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 is currently also the Deputy Principal at Klemzig Primary School which has a hearing impaired unit and will be working 1 day a week with Good Prospects in 2018 with a view to increasing this time at the end of the year.

Specialisations

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

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
Vanessa Fung – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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 – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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 – 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 – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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 – 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 – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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 – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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

Ivy Zhai – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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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
Psychologist

Jeremy Slater – Psychologist

Jeremy has worked as a psychologist with people of all ages including children, young people, adults and older people. Over the last 42 years, he has provided services across government and non-government sectors as well as in private practice, clinical leadership and service management. He has a particular interest in the holistic well being of young people.

Jeremy works within a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual model and focuses on each person’s strengths in the realisation of their therapeutic and life hopes and goals. He is respectful and inclusive of each person’s individual differences, their culture, gender and sexuality.

Jeremy is highly skilled in a broad range of therapeutic approaches. Supporting people in achieving and maintaining their well-being at all levels continues to be Jeremy’s life work.

Specialisations

  • Psychological assessment
  • Disability support
  • Individual, couples and family psychotherapy
  • Child, adolescent, adult and family mental health
  • Suicide prevention

Treatment of –

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Co-morbidity (mental illness and substance use)

Management of –

  • Complex trauma
  • Grief
Administration and NDIS

Kassie McKenzie – Admin and
Media

Kassie McKenzie – Admin and Media

Kassie is our fulltime NDIS manager and accounts processor. She is always available to respond to NDIS queries in relation to funding, service agreements and service bookings. Kassie also has a double degree in Media and English. She works flexibly across our offices supporting staff and providing the quality administration time that our practitioners deserve.

Specialisations

  • NDIS Manager
  • Administration
  • Social Media

Cindy Staehr – Admin
Support

Cindy Staehr – Admin Support

Cindy is a Riverland local and provides direct admin support to our locally based speech pathologist as well as supporting the resource needs of all our speech pathologists across the team. She has long term experience in admin roles and retail as well as having undertaken additional training through TAFE SA. She has great interpersonal skills and supports both the practice manager and NDIS manager in their tasks supporting our clients and families.

Emma Moon – Speech Assistant and Admin Support

Emma is a third year speech pathology student who supports this practice and learns from us at the same time. She has a proven history of making exciting speech pathology resources and is the face behind the desk for our Saturday clients in both Prospect and Salisbury.

Specialisations

  • Speech Assistant
  • Speech Pathology student
  • Admin