OUR COMPANY

Communicate Speech Pathology was founded in 2004 by our director, Emily Joseph. Since this date, we have developed a reputation for providing comprehensive mobile Speech Pathology services to paediatric and adult clients Sydney-wide, Wollongong, Newcastle, Canberra, Queanbeyan, Central Coast, Melbourne, Tamworth, Batemans Bay.

We are Sydney’s largest provider of home and school based therapy sessions covering more than 440 suburbs.  We developed our mobile service to give our clients access to therapy in an environment in which they feel most comfortable and where generalisation of new skills can best occur.

It gives us great satisfaction to service our clients, for many of whom therapy and assessment services would typically be out of reach.

Our Speech Pathologists work closely with families, teachers, carers and other professionals to ensure the communication needs of our clients are fully met. We collaborate with important people in the child’s or adult’s life to develop and implement therapy goals.

We have worked in over 170 different day care centres, pre-schools, primary schools, high-schools and supported work places. We have screened the speech and language skills of more than 6500 children. Our Speech Pathologists have completed over 50,000 speech therapy sessions.

For further information about our services or company please contact us on 02 9328 3444 or via our contact form


OUR VISION

“It is our mission at Communicate Speech Pathology to enrich the lives of all adults and children in our community through the recognition and development of their abilities. To enable all clients to access the therapy best suited to their needs and to engage and inspire our community to support them in this endeavour.”


OUR TEAM

At Communicate Speech Pathology we employ highly capable therapists who care deeply about their work and strive to go above and beyond for their clients. Each member of the team is chosen not only for their technical skills but also for their passionate commitment to improving the lives of people with communication disorders.

Our speech therapists are fully qualified professionals who have completed their training in Speech Pathology at Universities across Australia. Each therapist is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in their Professional Self-Regulation Program. At Communicate, we are dedicated to keeping our professional knowledge up to date so that we can provide the highest possible level of care to our clients.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Emily has worked with children and adults with Communication disorders for over 14 years. Trained at the University of Sydney, she has extensive experience and expertise in the area of special needs, in particular working with children and young adults with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Down Syndrome.

Emily has worked in Europe and Australia in both public and private settings where she has developed an excellent reputation for her strong commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Emily has treated hundreds of clients across Sydney and worked with and trained teaching staff in over 65 different day-care, pre-school and school settings.

As a mother, Emily understands and appreciates the difficulties faced by many of our parents and provides an empathetic and supportive approach to empower them in every way possible throughout the therapy process. The mobility of the team provides a unique model of service delivery that allows clients to receive treatment in the comfort and familiarity of their school or home environment.

Jessie joined the Communicate Speech Pathology Team in 2015, with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from The University of Newcastle. Jessie has gained experience working with both children and adults; specifically, clients with Autism, developmental delays, aphasia and dysphagia.

Jessie has worked closely with Emily Joseph during this time on a variety of projects, including speech pathology in schools programs, NDIS management and delivery of professional development programs in order to ensure our clients receive individualised therapy that meets all their needs. To ensure this, Jessie collaborates with clients and caregivers as well as a variety of schools, day care centres, non-government organisations, government organisations and corporate partners.

Jessie has extensive experience managing speech therapists and strives to ensure that our team are serving our clients to the best of their ability. Jessie is constantly aiming to go above and beyond for our clients and is dedicated to continually improving our standard of care to not only meet client expectations, but to exceed them. Jessie is able to be reached at gm@communicatespeech.com.au.

SPEECH PATHOLOGY TEAM

A certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia, Georgina graduated as the Dean’s Scholar Medal Winner of her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at Sydney University. Georgina has over six years of experience in assessment and management of a wide range of communication and sensory disorders, developmental delays and acquired difficulties, including Phonological (speech-sound) difficulties, stuttering, Apraxia, and intellectual disabilities.

A former copywriter and producer, Georgina is a compassionate and collaborative clinician who is committed to cutting-edge speech therapy practice and on-going research, training and professional development. Strengths focused, the principles of family-centred care, neuroplasticity and motor-learning inform and inspire all her work.

Passionate about the community and disability sector, Georgina also has experience facilitating educational and transition plans, social-skills groups and school-readiness programs. Georgina has presented communication, play and literacy programs training to workplaces, schools, day care centres and preschools from the inner-west to the south-west of Sydney.

Georgina’s speech therapy sessions are always active and creative but first and foremost, therapeutic. Georgina strives to go above and beyond to make her client’s therapy engaging, effective, functional and relevant to individual communication and learning needs.

Ashley graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

She has clinical experience in working with adults; delivering assessment and management across areas of motor speech, language, cognitive communication and swallowing.

Ashley also has experience working with paediatric clients across the educational lifespan in mainstream and special school educational settings, across areas of speech, language, fluency, literacy and multimodal communication. Ashley is passionate about undertaking a collaborative, holistic and individualised approach to therapy, in order to work towards ensuing the best possible therapy outcomes. Ashley is a multilingual therapist who is proficient in English, Mandarin, and Malay.

Brianna graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with an Executive Dean’s Commendation. Brianna has gained experience working with individuals across the lifespan through her studies, clinical placements and volunteer work at Primary Schools.

Brianna is passionate about providing family centred care and believes working closely with families and the community is essential in achieving goals. Brianna has experience working with adults; providing assessments and management across the areas of speech, language, voice and swallowing.

In addition, Brianna has experience working with children with complex disabilities in the areas of speech, language, voice, literacy and multimodal communication. Brianna is a motivated and empathetic clinician with a passion for providing wholistic strength-based intervention through fun and engaging sessions.

Melissa is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia who graduated with a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Sydney. She is also trained in Key Word Sign and Voicecraft techniques.

With a passion for working with both children and adults, Melissa finds great joy in working collaboratively with her clients to provide them with quality, evidence-based care. Melissa has gained experience in providing assessment and therapy to children and adults with speech, language, literacy, swallowing, voice and stuttering concerns. She has also provided group-based language and literacy therapy and parent training for parents of children with a disability.

Melissa also has previous experience as a Cerebral Palsy Alliance ‘transition to work’ volunteer, helping to improve the self-confidence and independence of young adults with a range of intellectual, physical and behavioural disabilities. Melissa is always finding ways to make therapy enjoyable, motivating and most of all functional to every individual’s needs.

Zoe received her degree from the University of Queensland’s Master’s program in Speech and Language Pathology. She has also completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Griffith University.  

Zoe has a special interest in school-aged and adult communication fostered by her experience working with children and adults in the areas of speech, language, literacy, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and swallowing. She has applied her knowledge and skills in these areas to provide services in a range of settings, including acute and rehabilitative hospitals, schools, community health and private clinics.

Zoe is a driven and empathic clinician who is dedicated to empowering children and adults with complex communication needs.  As a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, Zoe is committed to providing evidence-based speech pathology services, tailored to the individual strengths, needs and interests of her clients. She has completed additional training in Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and is committed to ongoing professional development. 

Zoe strongly believes that therapy should be both functional and engaging, and that a strong working relationship with clients and their carers is necessary for achieving the best outcomes. Zoe aims to continue providing quality speech pathology services and a warm and supportive learning environment for her clients across Fairfield and the Greater Western Suburbs.

Karen is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork. Karen is committed to ongoing professional development and providing evidence based speech pathology services. She is trained in Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ parent training program, Michael Palin ‘Parent Child Interaction’ fluency approach, and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS 2).

Karen is passionate about incorporating parents, teachers and other communication partners in goal setting and therapy. Karen has provided parent training for parents of children with language difficulties. She has also provided training to school staff for children with communication needs in the classroom.

Karen aims to provide engaging, functional and motivating therapy to improve the quality of life of her clients.

Lorna graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, and prior to this completed a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Linguistics (Honours) at Nottingham University.

Lorna has extensive experience working within the disability sector as a teacher’s aide transitioning children with ASD into mainstream schools as well as working as a disability support worker. She has gained a wealth of clinical experience working with clients across the lifespan both in private and community based settings. During clinical placements she has frequently been commended on her ability to build excellent rapport with her clients whilst providing high quality evidence based therapy.

As a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, Lorna maintains a strong dedication to ongoing professional development and has a particular interest in literacy and school based education. She has an empathic nature and a commitment to providing functional family centered therapy to all clients. Lorna has a real passion for the Speech Pathology profession and a desire to provide clients with the most suitable mode of communication intervention in order to facilitate participation in their everyday lives.

Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the Australian
Catholic University, and prior to this completed a Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences at Macquarie.

Olivia loves working with both adults and children and has gained experience providing assessment and therapy with both children and adults across a range of practice areas including; speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing. Her creative and adaptable approach to therapy caters to her client’s individual and unique needs, while her approachable and compassionate nature enables her to create strong relationships with her clients and their families.

As a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, Olivia has a strong commitment to her own professional development and is eager to continually develop her knowledge and clinical skills.

Olivia aims to deliver collaborative, engaging, functional and evidence-based services in order to achieve the individual needs of her clients. Olivia is a strong advocate for empowering her clients and their families and believes that teamwork is the key to success.

Alyssa is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia who graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Australian Catholic University.

Alyssa has a passion for improving the communication skills of children and adults in order to improve their quality of life.

She has experience in a range of different settings within primary schools across Sydney, in aged care facilities and disability services.  Alyssa has a particular interest in working with clients who require AAC (Augmentative and Alternative communication).

She strives to provide family-centred practice throughout the assessment and therapy process by working alongside parents or caregivers.

Alyssa maintains an energetic persona during her therapy sessions and ensures sessions are enjoyable and functional. She ensures sessions are enjoyable to assist in compliance and motivation during sessions to achieve optimal results.

Blair is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia who graduated with a Masters of Speech Pathology from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences from Macquarie University.

Blair has experience in providing assessment and therapy across the lifespan in a range of settings, in the areas of; language, speech, voice, neurological disorders, social communication, stuttering, swallowing and cognitive communication. She is particularly passionate about the disability sector, with an interest in developmental delays and acquired difficulties, including, aphasia, apraxia, stuttering and swallowing difficulties.

Blair has a strong personal drive and integrity to commit to ongoing professional development and training to enhance her knowledge and clinical skills. She is committed to providing evidence-based, engaging and functional therapy.

Blair endeavours to ensure clients receive optimal, holistic and individualised therapy, with a strong focus on patient/family-centered care. Blair’s flexibility, collaborative approach and aptitude for creativity helps clients maintain motivation whilst achieving their goals.

Anikka is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the Australian Catholic University. Anikka is fluent in English and Macedonian.

Anikka is passionate about empowering children and adults who have altered communication techniques. She has experience working with both populations in the areas of speech, language, literacy, fluency, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and swallowing.

Anikka strives to adopt a family centred and functional approach to all therapy programs. She aims to provide quality therapy sessions that are evidence-based and client and family centred.

Anikka is looking forward to working as a speech pathologist within the St George and the Sutherland Shire areas.

Amy is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia who graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) from Charles Sturt University.

Amy has since gained clinical experiences across the lifespan. She has experience working with children with speech, language, fluency and voice difficulties in both individual and group based therapy across mainstream community based settings.

Amy also has broad clinical experiences in working with adults across acute, rehabilitative and aged care hospital settings to assess and manage a variety of communication and swallowing disorders of neurological origin. She has also provided dysphagia management for head and neck cancer.

Amy enjoys working closely with individuals and their families to understand their needs and particular goals in order to plan and provide functional evidence based therapy. She feels that incorporating a family and client centred approach aims to achieve the highest outcomes. Amy aspires to work closely with her clients and their families within the Wollongong and Nowra regions.

Abi graduated from the University of Melbourne, with a Masters of Speech Pathology. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines where she graduated Summa cum Laude.

Abi has had experience working with both children and adults in one-on-one and group settings in the areas of speech, language, social skills, literacy, swallowing, voice, cognitive-communication and neurological disorders. Her Master’s thesis, Word-Finding Difficulty in the Discourse of Individuals with Logopenic and Semantic Variants of Primary Progressive Aphasia, was presented at the 2017 national Speech Pathology Australia convention in Sydney.

Abi has also worked with children in the Philippines to improve their language skills. She has an interest in the field of multilingualism, and is fluent in Tagalog and Bisaya, as well as conversant in Mandarin.

Abi is passionate about working collaboratively with clients and carers; helping them attain functional goals supported by good evidence base and delivering quality therapy that clients can enjoy and be motivated by.

Ellie joined the Communicate team in January 2017 as a Graduate with a Master of Speech Pathology and Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne. She has also qualified in the Lidcombe Program for gold standard stuttering intervention and is trained in Key Word Sign. 

Ellie has extensive experience working with people with a disability and has previously worked as a disability carer. She is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and recently completed a research paper titled: Communication Journey and Language Outcomes in Usher Syndrome Following Cochlear Implantation. 

Ellie has practical experience conducting assessments and delivering therapy for a wide range of ages from young children through to the elderly, covering speech, language, literacy, cognition, swallowing and voice. She has also provided group based programs across pre-schools and schools. 

Ellie uses her flexibility and creativity to tune in to patient needs enabling her to effectively engage with clients. She is committed to delivering a high standard of therapy in an engaging and functional manner to achieve maximum individual outcomes.

Simi is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia who graduated from La Trobe University, with a Masters of Speech Pathology and Bachelor of Health Science. Simi has clinical experience with paediatric and adult clients across the age span focussing on all areas of practise, including, speech, language, fluency, voice, literacy and swallowing.

She has spent time volunteering overseas lending her expertise in schools and hospitals in Cambodia and India, working with non-English speaking clients. Simi strongly believes in family centred care and thrives to provide evidence-based practise to all her clients, whilst considering client and family needs.

She is dedicated to lifelong learning and has therefore completed additional training in The Lidcombe Program, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), Board maker, Augmented and Alternative Communication systems (AAC) and Videofluoroscopy, and will continue seeking additional knowledge to aid her clients.

It is Simi’s passion and care for her clients that makes her go above and beyond to provide her clients with the best care. Clients who have worked with Simi have referred to her as dedicated, caring and collaborative, and Simi continues to strive for this with every client she works with.

A certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia, Rebecca graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).  Rebecca has clinical experience working within the NDIS scheme to support clients and their families to reach their goals and access the wider community. She has experience working with both children and adults in one-on-one and group settings in the areas of speech, language, social skills, literacy, voice, swallowing, and neurological disorders.

Rebecca is qualified in Key Word Sign, and has training in sensory disorders, impacts of dementia and stroke, improving self-regulation, and oral hypersensitivity and food aversion. She is experienced in supporting children with complex disabilities to reach communication, social skills and emotional regulation based goals.

Rebecca is a motivated and empathetic clinician with a passion for providing holistic, strength-based intervention through fun and engaging sessions.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Kate is a Speech Pathologist with experience working in both the public and private health sectors. She has previously worked for the Department of Education in Queensland, as well as several clinics in Sydney which focus on autism, literacy and lifelong disability.

Kate is responsible for interviewing new clients as their first point of contact with Communicate Speech Pathology. She will undertake a thorough discussion by phone about client related issues, and assign a therapist based on geographical location and areas of expertise. Kate joined the team at Communicate Speech Pathology in February 2015 and is understanding, considerate and highly skilled in the discussion of Speech Pathology disorders. She can be contacted at info@communicatespeech.com.au or by phone on (02) 9328 3444.

Hanna joined the Communicate Speech Pathology team in June 2018. Hanna is currently completing a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle. Hanna has special interest in augmentative and alternative communication after a long history of involvement with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Hanna looks forward to working with a wide variety of communication disorders once graduated.

Hanna is available to help at anytime and looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals. 

Peter is a registered BAS agent and a member of the Institute of Public Accountants. Peter has worked for over 20 years for a major Health Insurance Company and Property Developer. After that Peter has moved into managing the accounts of SME which includes a wealth of experience in various Allied Health services.

With this experience Peter understands the nature of this business and how it operates which will enable the smooth and efficient running of the accounts department and ensuring that the clients accounts are processed accurately and on time. Peter can be contacted on accounts@communicatespeech.com.au or (02) 9328 3444.

For more information on being part of our team, please contact us on 02 9328 3444 or via our contact form.


OUR CLIENTS

We treat a broad range of clients with a variety of communication disorders with differing levels of severity. Clients and conditions we treat include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech disorders e.g. lisp
  • Childhood apraxia of speech (Dyspraxia)
  • Stuttering
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Literacy difficulties
  • Communication in the aged care setting
  • Dysphagia in the adult population
  • Adult speech and language disorders
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning disorders/difficulties
  • Developmental Delays
  • Individuals of non-English speaking background
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Language delays

For further information on these disorders please see our resources section. If you would like to ask about our speech and language development therapy services for clients with these communication difficulties please feel free to contact us on 02 9328 3444 or via our contact form