Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Vicky has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), a Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) and over 30 years of work experienced focused on paediatric communication difficulties. She has a wealth of experience working with children as young as 12 months through to adolescents enrolled at the upper secondary level.
Vicky has an extensive background working with toddlers and children with mild to moderate speech or language delay, particularly with toddlers whose language skills are late to emerge. She has worked in the community health sector as well as mainstream State, catholic and independent school systems. She is also experienced in working with children with moderate to severe developmental delays from her time spent in early intervention and specialist educational settings. Vicky has worked extensively with children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, as well as ADHD and behavioural impairment.
In her therapy, Vicky extensively uses visual systems and gestural prompts to assist children who are struggling to process what they hear and help them organise their verbal attempts. All programs aim to be fun and varied with a focus on play.
Vicky is trained in the Hanen approach and brings a strong evidence-based, functional approach to her therapy program, and parents will be encouraged to set the goals of the therapy program jointly. She believes that parents are the critical element in improving a child’s communication abilities and that working collaboratively with childcare centres, preschools, and school staff is fundamental. She passionately believes that the development of flexible oral language skills is the critical element in maximising a child’s social, emotional and learning potential.
Vicky is a certified practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia and also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne.