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Our Team

Diana Wolf | Director

Speech Pathologist | Director | B. App. Sc. (Sp Path), CPSP, MSPAA.

What inspired you to become a speechie?

Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work with kids, either in a preschool or school setting, as I just love children! I’m also a helper by nature, so was absolutely thrilled when I discovered the profession of speech pathology! Not only would I be working with kids., but I would be helping them to achieve one of the greatest gifts of all, communication! I consider myself one of the luckiest women around, as not only do I love my job, I have the best team working with me!

Who do you like to work with?

I work with children and adolescents of all ages and all disabilities. I am particularly keen on working with children who have Autism, and children with an Indigenous background. Having said that, I still love working with other kids! I love working at schools! It’s so great seeing how the child functions in the school environment, and wonderful being able to work hand in hand with the child’s teacher to work out how the child’s speech / language delay is affecting their academic progress at school, and to develop the best strategies to help.

Favourite hobbies:

Snow skiing, snow skiing and snow skiing! Unfortunately, that only last 8 weeks a year, so through the rest of the year, I really enjoy travelling, bushwalking, mountain bike riding and attending Pilates classes. I really believe in the principal “Healthy body – healthy mind”, and in running a business, you need to keep fit and healthy to provide the best service that you can.

Favourite speech games:

Pop-Up Pirate, Pig goes pop, bubbles, Ants in the Pants – there’s so many games that I love! People games that involve blankets, singing songs and hiding are always lots of fun!

What has influenced you in your work as a speechie?

Found I have three kids, who are grown up now. Each of them had some different forms of speech and language problems. Being a busy single mum who worked full time, I found that I had to develop strategies of how to do speech homework "on the go", and they worked! My kids are now successful adults working in great careers. This is the most important tool that I pass on to my team members, I encourage them to not only give homework, but also 'stragies', in case homework cant be done due ot the time constraints of the busy times we now live in.

Greatest accomplishment?

Apart from raising three beautiful children, and running this wonderful Practice, I would have to say that climbing to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in 2015 was epic! It goes without saying, that physically and mentally, it was the hardest thing that I’ve ever done, but I made it! I raised $4500 for the Luke Priddis Foundation (our local Autism Charity), which meant a lot to me, as at that point in time, there was no NDIS funding that offered easy access of therapies to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) University of Sydney
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
  • Certified Practising Hanen Speech Pathologist - “It Takes Two to Talk”
  • Certified Practising Hanen Speech Pathologist “More Than Words”
  • Certified Practising Hanen Speech Pathologist “TalkAbility”
  • Certified Practising Hanen Speech Pathologist “ABC and Beyond”
  • Key Word Sign
  • Autism Essentials, Monique Simpson
  • DIR Floortime, Stanley Greenspan
    ​'Transition to School' Sue Larkey
    ​Clinical Educator Training
    ​'Advanced Therapy Techniques for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder' Monique Simpson
    Nutrition and ASD - Paula Tazzyman
    ​'RDI Introduction' Elizabeth Ponce Barboza
    ​Understanding Autism Spectrum Condition Workshop - Dr Tony Attwood & Michelle Garnett
    ​'There's a Traffic Jam in My Brain' Workshop - Gen Jereb

Presentations and Publications:

  • Guest Panel Member / speaker- Luke Priddis Foundation Autism Forums, 2013, 2104, 2015
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder –“It’s Not all Black and White” 2013, 2015
  • “Language development in preschool aged children” 2012
  • “Speech and Language development in preschool aged children, and strategies to assist” 2013
  • Creation of Mission Australia preschool language screening assessment, 2014
  • Presentation of Mission Australia screening assessment, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Hosted Hanen “More Than Words”, 2015, 2017
  • Hosted Hanen “talkability” 2015

Katelin Batt | Senior Speech Pathologist

Senior Speech Pathologist | B. App. Sc. (Sp Path), MSPAA

Katelin started at NSLS towards the end of 2010. She started both school and facility based therapy and has continued to grow as a therapist. Katelin enjoys the mix of being able to provide therapy in schools as well as in the office. She has found new ways to help children with speech and language issues and has continued to refine her skills. Katelin has begun furthering her professional development and applying newly learnt skills to challenging and/or complex clients on her caseload.

Renae Nash | Senior Speech Pathologist

Senior Speech Pathologist | B. App. Sc. (Sp Path)(Hons), MSPAA

What inspired you to become a Speechie?

I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. I believe everyone deserves the right to communicate and interact with others, and I love that I can help children to do so.

Who do you like to work with?

Children with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy, and social skills. Children with Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Delay, and Cleft Lip/Palate.

Favourite hobbies:

Travelling (favourite trip so far: Africa!!) and playing with my two energetic dogs (a Border Collie and a Kelpie – they never stop!)

Favourite speech games

Pop-Up Pirate is always great fun - you never know when he will pop! Bubbles and play-doh are also great, but they can make a big mess

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) Honours Class 1
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • The Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk”
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words”
  • The Hanen Centre “TalkAbility
  • Key Word Sign
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • Fussy Feeding Workshop

Presentations and Publications:

  • July 2012 – the Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR) conference, Montreal, Canada
  • December 2012 – the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Publication – Nash R. and Arciuli J. (2014), Prosodic awareness is related to reading ability in children with autism spectrum disorders, Journal of Research in Reading. doi: 1111/1467-9817.12033

Jodie Hammersley | Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist | BA, GradCertSphComm, MSpchLngPath, MSPA, CPSP

Jodie joined the NSLS team in July 2015. Jodie is a friendly and empathetic therapist who enjoys working with children in school settings. She has experience working with children with a range of communication difficulties. Jodie is committed to ongoing professional education in order to ensure she is delivering effective evidence-based therapy to her clients.

Emily Hely | Speech Pathologist

| B. App. Sc. (Sp Path) MSPAA, CPSP

What inspired you to become a speechie?

I've always enjoyed working with children and believe that everyone has a right to communicate. Being able to support people to communicate is very close to me and my family.

Who do you like to work with?

Children with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy and social skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay and Intellectual Delay.

Favourite hobbies:

I really look forward to summer time because I love going to the beach, however I have recently fell in love with skiing too (so don't mind winter anymore)! I also play netball and enjoy playing with my two dogs (they're very cheeky). Eating breakfast out on Saturdays is also a favourite!

Favourite speech games:

I will never say no to bubbles or a good jumping game! Pop Up Pirate, Pop The Pig and playing with the toy cars and are also some of my favourites!

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Speech Pathology
  • Bachelor of Education - Primary Teaching
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, MSPAA
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words”
  • Key Word Sign

Monique Helmers | Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist |B. App. Sc. (Sp Path), MSPAA

What inspired you to become a speechie?

I have always enjoyed working with children, and believe that communication is so important for our quality of life. I’m so lucky I get to bring these two things together working as a speech pathologist.

Who do you like to work with?

Children with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy, social skills, as well as children who use AAC (alternative/augmentative communication). Children with Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome and Intellectual Delay.

Favourite hobbies:

Playing sport certainly keeps me busy on the weekends. I also love reading (when I can find the time)!

Favourite speech games:

I like to try new things with my clients all the time, to keep things interesting – but bubbles and Pop the Pig are definitely old favourites!

Qualifications:

  • B. Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, MSPAA
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words”
  • Key Word Sign
  • MultiLit (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy)

Laura Saliba | Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist | BA of speech and hearing science, MSpchLngPath, MSPAA.

What inspired you to become a Speechie?

I wanted to be able to make a difference and have always enjoyed working with children. So becoming a speech pathologist was the perfect fit.

Who do you like to work with?

Children with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy and social skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Delay and Cleft Lip and/or Palate.

Favourite hobbies:

Spending time with my family and friends (I have a huge family). Dining at restaurants because I love food! I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Favourite speech games:

I like to create new resources and try them with my clients, to keep things interesting – but bubbles and Jumping Jack are my go to games!

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Master of Speech Pathology
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, MSPAA
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words”
  • Key Word Sign
  • Zooming In: Social thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner

Rebecca Plummer | Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist | BA of Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies), MSpchLngPath, CSCP.

What inspired you to become a Speechie?

My younger cousin was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I grew up watching how varying specialists, particularly speech pathologists, empowered her by helping her build her communication skills. This inspired me to become a speech pathologist so I could empower others in a similar way.

Who do you like to work with?

Children and adults with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy, and social skills. Rebecca also loves working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, and Intellectual Delay.

Favourite hobbies:

Seeing live music, going to the movies, collecting vinyls, bush walking, and watching NRL and the Twenty20.

Favourite speech games:

Building with play-doh, pop-the-pig, and playing "I went to space".

Qualifications:

  • Master of Speech and Language Pathology; University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies); University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words”
  • Michelle Garcia Winner's "Social Thinking"
  • Key Word Sign

Anna Quach | Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist | BSc (Physiologoy), MSpchLngPath.

What inspired you to become a speechie?

I want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with communication difficulties. I have a passion for empowering and helping individuals with communication difficulties reach their true potential.

Who do you like to work with?

Children with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy, and social skills. Anna also loves working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, and Intellectual Delay.
Adults with a range of communication difficulties including speech, language and aphasia, fluency (stuttering), and social skills.

Favourite hobbies:

I enjoy going on walks, shopping, and trying out new cafes/restaurants.

Favourite speech games:

Pop-up Pirate, bubbles and Hanging Monkeys.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Speech and Language Pathology; University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Physiology); University of New South Wales
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words”
  • Key Word Sign

Kirstie Cromar | Office Manager

Office Manager

About me:

Kirstie is our Office Manager and has been working with us since 2014. Kirstie’s focus is to ensure that every client at NSLS has a pleasing experience from start to finish. Kirstie manages client relations, our admin team, accounts, resources for clients, timetables, WH&S and more. Kirstie works closely with the Therapists, supporting them to ensure the client gets the service they deserve.

Favourite Hobbies:

Kirstie’s favourite thing to do is spend time with her Husband and beautiful daughter, exploring outdoors. Kirstie also enjoys playing netball, shopping, and day spas!

Jade Pierre-Samson | Receptionist

Receptionist

What do you love about your job?

I love working at NSLS because I'm always meeting new and different people while being front-of-house reception. I never knew much about speech therapy before starting here and I'm still learning new things each and every day, which is always exciting I also love seeing the kids leave their speech therapy sessions looking so happy!

Favourite Hobbies?

In my spare time I enjoy going on long drives to explore new places and finding new things to do. I enjoy going to the beach, bush walking, listening to music and watching movies. I also love sitting in the sun hanging out with my rescue dog!​

                                                                                               

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