Bec Duke

Senior Speech Pathologist

About Bec

What inspired you to work in the area of Speech Pathology?

I wanted to be everything at once; a doctor, an English teacher, and a psychologist. One day when flicking through a Job Guide I found Speech Pathology, which fit all of the above! I wanted to help people and Speech Pathology has allowed me to do that every day.

Who do you like to work with?

I have two main clinical passions, DIR FloorTime and literacy. This means I love engaging toddlers and young children who are developing early communication to build their language and connections to others. Regulation and relationships are so important and it is my passion to identify the individual differences that make each child unique and customise my intervention to their strengths. I also love working in literacy and am a Sounds-Write provider. Helping children and teenagers navigate the written word and learn to enjoy reading is incredibly rewarding. Professionally, I spend the other half of my time mentoring junior and established clinicians as well as students. I enjoy educating my team and learning therapists to help them become the best clinicians they can be.

Greatest Accomplishment?

I had to conquer my life long lisp to become a Speechie and there is nothing I am prouder of than that. I had a lateral lisp until I was 19 years old and had the privilege of experiencing what it is like to be a client. This has helped form me into the clinician I am today.

Watch Bec at Work

My favourite games are construction and sensory based play. This might be building blocks, using sensory equipment, cause and effect toys, or making ball runners. This lets a child use their imagination and includes their sensory needs so they can be in their optimal learning zone.

Outside of work I enjoy playing the piano, taking care of my mischievous bunny and exploring the beautiful bush around my Blue Mountains home.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
  • SPELD Sounds Write
  • SPELD Sounds Write Years 3-6
  • SPELD Talk 4 Writing
  • SPELD Talk 4 Reading
  • DIR 101: An introduction to DIR and DIR FloorTime
  • DIR 201: FloorTime Basic Certificate
  • DIR 202: FloorTime Certificate of Proficiency
  • DIR 203: FloorTime Advanced Certificate (currently studying)

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