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Erin Gleeson – Speech Pathologist

Erin completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle in 2009. Since graduating, Erin has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various fields including disability, education, early intervention, community health and rehabilitation. Erin is a 

Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia and SPELD NSW.

Erin provides assessment and  intervention at the clinic or at a location of the client’s choosing. 

Erin has a specific interest and skills in:

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Neurological communication impairments (including Paediatric Brain Injury)

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Providing professional development for early educators and teachers about language development, speech development and literacy.

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Providing support to establish educational environments that facilitate language.

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Literacy (Erin is an approved Sounds-Write provider)

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Alternative and augmentative communication systems (assessment, set-up and support)

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School aged language

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Speech sound disorders

Erin is passionate about supporting clients during crucial transition phases, for example, beginning school and transitioning to employment. Erin thoroughly enjoys  providing professional development to education staff about pre literacy skills, speech development and language development. Erin also has extensive experience supporting clients and families as they navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme process. Erin’s love of literacy has allowed her to extend her knowledge and application of explicit and direct literacy instruction. Erin provides one on one and small group literacy intervention as well as supporting teachers to assist students using a gold standard literacy approach. 

 

Erin has two active and fun children who she loves spending time with whenever she can. Erin enjoys spending time at the beach and eating delicious food at many of the fabulous restaurants and cafés in the Newcastle area.

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Alecia Skidmore – Speech Pathologist

Alecia is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with over 10 years experience both in Australia and abroad working primarily with toddlers, preschool and school aged children. 

Alecia has particular interest in children with Developmental Delay, Non verbal and Early Communication Development (trained in DIRFloortime®) and complex speech sound disorders. Alecia is passionate about working closely with families, childcare centres, preschools and schools  to individualise intervention and create functional communication and participation in all environments. 

When not at work, Alecia enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 boys playing at the park or walking their dogs. 

Alecia has a specific interest and skills in:

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Speech Sound and Phonological Disorders 

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Complex Communication needs – Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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Expressive Language Delay 

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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Receptive Language Delay 

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Late Talkers 

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Social  Communication difficulties 

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Literacy 

Jessica Nash – Receptionist

Jessica is a welcoming, compassionate and professional administrator, with a long history of hard work and dedication to any job she undertakes.

She has vast experience in medical administration including HICAPS and NDIS.

Jessica is highly organised,  supportive, and holds herself to a high level of personal integrity and honesty.

She enjoys volunteering at a rabbit shelter and spending time with her family

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