OUR SPEECH PATHOLOGY TEAM
Lauren is the Director of Smart Talk Therapy for Kids. Lauren provides speech pathology services at our Wembley practice and loves working in the school environment. Lauren is passionate about continuing to expand her knowledge and skills and loves consulting with other health and educational professionals.
Lauren has a special interest in school-aged language, literacy and articulation. Lauren was one of the first speech pathologists in WA to undertake extra training in orofacial myology and is passionate about helping children stop sucking their thumbs. Lauren divides her time seeing clients and managing and supporting the Smart Talk team.
When she isn’t working, she can be found hanging out with her husband and spending quality time with two daughters and baby son. Lauren loves being a mum, baking and watching period dramas.
Catherine is the founder of Smart Talk Therapy for Kids and provides services at our Wembley and Currambine practices, as well as at schools.
Catherine has over twenty years experience in both disability and mainstream caseloads, has additional training in Orofacial Myology and is PROMPT trained.
Catherine has a special interest in early language, Autism and literacy. She is passionate, energetic and loves discovering how children’s minds and brains develop to help them achieve their goals.
When she isn’t working she can be found hanging with her husband, two crazy cool sons, her Vizsla Billie and ginger Tabby Gizmo or tending her beloved plant babies. Catherine also loves jazz, anything creative or design-orientated. She can be found frequently reorganising furniture and decor in her 1920s home.
Irene is the director of The Feeding Clinic and an experienced speech pathologist in infant and childhood feeding difficulties, include tongue-tie assessment for feeding, oral motor treatment, myofunctional therapy as well as behavioural/sensory approaches to feeding using SOS approach to feeding.
Her experience includes:
- Breast feeding difficulties
- Bottle Feeding Difficulties
- Transition to Solids
- Feeding difficulty secondary to neurological/cardio/respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions
- Reflux/Crying, fussing and irritability with feeds
- Disability including Down Syndrome / Cerebral Palsy /22q11 deletion/ Autism
Outside of work Irene is a wife and mother of two children and her spare time is spent with her family. Her professional and personal life are closely aligned, as she enjoys creating lasting culinary and social experiences for those she loves through experimenting with tastes and flavours in the kitchen and cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.
Kelly developed a passion for teaching language skills to students while she was an early childhood educator. This prompted her to further her studies and become a Speech Pathologist.
Kelly’s background in education has provided her with valuable skills enabling her to ensure that individual therapy goals generalise into the classroom environment. Prior to joining the Smart Talk team, Kelly worked as Speech Pathologist at schools around Perth.
Kelly has a special interest in early intervention for articulation, phonology and language skills and helping children develop their social skills.
When Kelly isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and daughters, walking along the coast and brunching around the northern suburbs of Perth, as many days of the week as she can.
Sam provides Speech Pathology services at our vibrant Currambine practice as well as within schools.
Sam has a special interest in early language, literacy and articulation.
She brings her enthusiasm and energy to each session, and helps children reach their goals in a fun, supportive environment. After all kids that are engaged are more likely to reach goals more quickly.
When she isn’t working, Sam can be found at the beach, catching up with friends, or curled up with a good book.
Kelly provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley and Currambine practices, as well as local schools.
As a mum of three boys and a cranky cavoodle, she studied speech pathology later in life but has a long history working with children in many different capacities.
Kelly has a special interest in paediatric feeding, tongue-tie assessment, articulation and phonology. Kelly is trained in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, PROMPT therapy, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, and Sounds Write.
When she isn’t working, Kelly loves cooking, reading or spending time with her family and friends. Kelly is likely to be cheering for her boys on the side of a football field or basketball court most weekends.
Tayla provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley and Rockingham practices as well as within schools, and has additional training in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and Sounds Write.
Tayla has a special interest in early language, pre-school and school aged phonology and articulation.
Tayla is especially passionate about providing individualised and functional therapy for all children through fostering a positive and nurturing environment.
When she is not working, she can be found spending quality time with friends and family or going out to enjoy good food with her partner. She also enjoys running around the lake whenever she gets a chance.
Lani provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley practice as well as within schools.
Lani has experience with working with infants, children, and adults with a range of different backgrounds including developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and chromosome abnormalities.
Lani has additional training in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and Key Word Sign. Lani also has experience with DIR Floortime, Social Thinking and Talkabout programs, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and Mealtime Management, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems to promote a Total Communication approach.
Lani has special interests in neurobiology, understanding how children learn and explore their environments, the importance of play, and development of early language, literacy, and social communication skills.
Lani is passionate about helping children experience success in a fun and playful environment that incorporates a range of modalities including play and movement to achieve goals. Lani uses evidence-based practice to support children and adolescents with additional needs, their families, their educators and their communities.
When she is not working, Lani can be found out and about with her husband and two young kids, out chasing the perfect cup of coffee or enjoying hikes in one of the many beautiful national parks in and around Perth.
Liz provides speech pathology services at our Currambine practice as well as at schools.
Liz is also Sounds-Write trained and has additional training in Autism, Picture Echange Communication System, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(FASD), the Hanen 4 “I”s to Socialize™ Program, and language development. Liz has special interests in early language, literacy, social skills, Autism, and AAC.
Liz is enthusiastic about helping kids develop skills in a supportive, fun environment.
When she isn’t working, Liz can be found amongst friends and family. Liz loves nothing more than to go walking in the outdoors and
hanging out with friends.
Jade provides Speech Pathology services at our Currambine office, as well as schools. Jade has additional training in Sounds-Write, Hanen It Takes Two To Talk and Orofacial Myology.
Jade loves working in the early intervention and school-aged spheres. She particularly enjoys working on the areas of articulation, phonology, and receptive and expressive language.
When she is not working, Jade can be found at the beach, cooking, spending time with family and friends, or getting some avo toast on the coast.
Melissa-Sue has a special interest in mealtimes across the lifespan, AAC and Communication Access. She has been involved in working within the disability field for the past 16 years she is passionate about her clients having choice and control so that they can have safe, successful and enjoyable mealtimes with their family and friends.
Melissa-Sue is trained in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, The Beckman Oral Motor approach, SOS Approach and AEIOU Approach to feeding. Also trained in PROMPT therapy, PODD, LAMP approach, a Key Word Sign Presenter and Hanen Certified.
When she isn’t working, Melissa-Sue can be found hanging out with her husband, two young boys & pets, trying to renovate the family home or likely at her pilates class.
Jess provides speech pathology services at our Currambine practice as well as at schools.
Jess has a passion for working in the early intervention sphere, targeting both communication skills as well as feeding skills. She provides comprehensive autism assessments as part of the multidisciplinary team. She has a strong background in the areas of:
- Infant feeding and food avoidance/picky or restrictive eating
- Parent and family lead therapy approaches with a strong focus on chid directed play
- Kindy and school readiness
- Stuttering therapy across the lifespan
Jess is Hanen certified and is a member of the Western Australian Autism Diagnosticians Forum (WAADF). She is a competent user of Key Word Signs and has a background in working with children with Autism.
Outside of work she likes to hang with her wife, baby son and spoilt dog, Ernie . She loves to eat chocolate and bake foods at home.
Bella provides Speech Pathology services at our Currambine office, as well as schools. Bella has additional training in Sounds-Write and Orofacial Myology.
Bella loves working with school-aged clients and clients with disabilities such as Autism. She particularly enjoys working in the areas of articulation, expressive and receptive language and social skills.
Bella also works at The Feeding Clinic with a special interest in Paediatric Feeding Disorders, breast and bottle feeding, transition to solids and supporting families with mealtimes.
When she isn’t working, Bella enjoys spending time with her dog Cleo, holidaying with her husband and pilates. Bella also enjoys baking and gardening in the sunshine.
Niamh provides Speech Pathology intervention at our Currambine office and schools.
Her special interests include speech articulation and phonology. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about providing evidenced based treatment sessions that are both functional and engaging. Niamh also enjoys working with parents and caregivers to support their child’s communication development beyond the therapy sessions and providing them with the strategies and tools to do so.
When she is not working, Niamh enjoys reading a good book and heading to the gym or the pool for a swim
Susie provides Speech Pathology intervention at our Wembley office and schools.
Susie has a special interest in articulation and phonology, stuttering, and school-aged language and literacy. She is Hanen-trained and is a Sounds-Write certified practitioner. Susie is passionate about working with kids and their families to make communication a joy.
Susie finds working with both children and animals rewarding. Susie is not only a Speech Pathologist but also a Veterinarian, and splits her time between working at Smart Talk and a GP vet clinic.
When she isn’t at work, Susie enjoys getting outdoors and going on adventures with her partner and dog, Frankie.
Audrey currently provides speech pathology services at our Wembley practice and within schools. Audrey has a special interest in language, literacy, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), phonology and articulation for school-aged children, preschool-aged children and early intervention.
She is passionate about evidence-based and neurodiversity-affirming practice, empowering children to achieve their goals using a fun, collaborative and individualised approach. Audrey has additional training in Key Word Sign.
When Audrey isn’t working she can be found hanging with her Groodle puppy Pickle, browsing marketplace for a bargain or starting creative projects she may or may not finish.
OUR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TEAM
Kylie is a Senior Occupational Therapist who provides services at our Currambine practice. Kylie has experience supporting children with a range of needs and is passionate about helping each child and family reach their full potential.
Kylie loves being a therapist because kids are just so much fun to be around and play is such an incredible tool for therapy.
Kylie has a keen interest in sensory processing and regulation, and enjoys developing therapeutic relationships with families where she can assist in setting and achieving goals.
When Kylie isn’t at work she can usually be found at the park with her two littlies, spending time with family or catching up with friends for a good yarn!
When she’s not working Josie is training for marathon swimming events, always looking for exciting long distance swims around the world, or enjoying some down time with her family and friends by the coast, going out to eat yummy food and drinking lots of coffee!
Natasha is an Occupational Therapist who provides services at our Wembley practice. Natasha has experience with supporting children of all ages who have a range of needs. She is passionate about working closely with children and their families to support them to reach their full potential through individualised, fun and interactive therapy approaches. Natasha has a keen interest in working with children to support their sensory processing and regulation, motor skill development, handwriting, typing, executive functioning and independence in self-care skills.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys singing, playing the piano, being active, spending time with family and friends, and going out to enjoy good food as she is a real foodie!
OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM