What inspired you to become a speechie?
Having always had an interest in both linguistics and child development, I discovered that speech pathology existed during my undergraduate studies and found it to be the perfect field for combining these. Following my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I worked as a teaching assistant and as a support worker for children and young people with Autism, which further cemented my passion for supporting people’s speech, language and communication development. I completed my master’s degree in Speech and Language Therapy in the UK in 2019 and spent two years working as a community paediatric Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS which was very demanding but a great introduction to my career. I finally made the move Down Under (a lifelong dream) in 2021 – and here I am!
Who do you like to work with?
I really love working with children and their families collaboratively to identify and achieve the goals most important to them, whether that is targeting speech sounds, early language development, fluency, social skills or any other communication needs. I do have a particular fondness for working with any child who is eager to share their hobbies and interests (however weird and wonderful they may be) with me so that we can put together exciting therapy sessions that are fun and motivating for the both of us.
My greatest accomplishments so far include completing my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and moving thousands of miles across the world to chase my dreams.
I always appreciate a tasty imaginary meal prepared for me in a play kitchen! Building towers and knocking them down is always satisfying, and I’ll never say no to a quick round of Pop-Up Pirate.
I really enjoy exploring new places and travelling. I’m excited to see more of Australia – both the local area and further afield. I also love to go out with friends and try new and adventurous activities together. In my downtime I’m happiest playing games, watching TV and singing along badly to my Spotify playlists.
MSc Speech and Language Therapy – Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
BSc Psychology – University of Liverpool, UK
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