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Consulting Speech-Language Pathologists

Professional Support and Leadership Team

Good Prospects Speech Pathology prides itself on having and developing the best speech pathologists possible. Key to this is strong professional support for all staff whatever their level of experience. Our professional support and leadership team work hands on with clients and alongside all staff and to ensure that this is possible.

Diana Bleby – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Diana is the Principal Speech Pathologist of the practice with personal specialisations in school age and adolescent therapy along with her long-term pre-school paediatric speech, language and fluency work. She has 25 years of experience working in State Education as a field and Senior Speech Pathologist/line manager and 10 years as a Professional Recognition Assessor with Speech Pathology Australia. As a former State Branch President, she is committed to lobbying for effective and appropriate speech pathology services for all people whatever their walk in life.

Specialisations

  • Child Speech
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Literacy
  • Fluency
  • Professional Development for school and pre-school staff
  • Leadership and Professional Support
  • German speaking
Cindy Leighton – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Cindy is a talented and experienced speech pathologist of more than 25 years. She holds the role of Senior Speech Pathologist – Professional Support whilst like everyone else still seeing some clients. Her primary focus is our Gawler Office and Clare outreach as well as working with Diana on the professional support program for all staff. She has long term experience with clients who have complex needs and require Augmentative or Alternate communication systems, children with early language needs and language and literacy within the school aged population. She also has a history of working in health with adults with Dysphagia.

Specialisations

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • ASD and Intellectual Disability
  • School age language and literacy
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Leadership and Professional Support

Deidre Baird – Practice
Manager

Deidre Baird – Practice Manager

Deidre has a wealth of experience working in the Home Care and Aged Care Sectors including being a Health and Wellness planner coordinating service providers. Her long history of developing and creating policy in these sectors means that she has a crucial role in ensuring that Good Prospects Speech Pathology maintains the highest of standards when it comes to compliance with organisations such as the NDIS, Medicare, SA Health and Private Health Insurance Providers. She is the face of our practice at our main Salisbury office and the person you are most likely to talk to when you first call.

Specialisations

  • Practice Manager
  • Policy and Practice Development
  • Administration
  • Adult and Disability Services Advisor
Speech Pathologists
Kim Adams – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Kim brings a number of highly valuable skills to this practice. As well as an experienced speech pathologist and clinical educator, she is a qualified Teacher of the Deaf and a fluent Auslan speaker. Kim is currently also the Deputy Principal at Klemzig Primary School which has a hearing impaired unit and will be working 1 day a week with Good Prospects in 2018 with a view to increasing this time at the end of the year.

Specialisations

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child speech
  • Curriculum related issues
  • Clinical education
  • Auslan speaking

Rachel Frost – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Rachel has strong skills working with children with complex needs as having worked as an ABA therapist in addition to her speech pathology qualifications. She has experience working within the child development team in Darwin and has worked closely with fluency clients. In the area of adult therapy, Rachel has worked with both communication and swallowing issues with the aged.

Rachel has a passion for country work and within our team, her work is focused largely in the Gawler area with outreach work to Clare and the mid-north.

Specialisations

  • Children with complex needs
  • Early intervention
  • Child speech and language
  • Adult language and swallowing
  • Fluency
Vanessa Fung – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Qualified as a speech pathologist in Australia, Vanessa is originally from Singapore and in addition to her excellent English she is fluent in Mandarin. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (First class honours).

Vanessa is trained in both Hanen and PECS and her experiences include working in an early intervention team, therapy with voice clients and adult neurological and swallowing work. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Vanessa worked supported students at the Pathlight school for students with Autism, in Singapore.

Specialisations

  • Early intervention
  • Working with Children with Autism
  • Child speech and language
  • Voice
  • Adult language and swallowing
  • Mandarin and Cantonese speaking
Eden Johnstone – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Eden is a local Riverland girl who has returned to provide service to her local community in her chosen profession of speech pathology.

She is a talented speech pathologist with experience working with both paediatric and adult clients. She has a passion working with very young children as well as being a mother of a young child herself. She has worked with voice and fluency clients as well as working with cleft palate and early feeding difficulties.

Eden is also passionate about and has experience working with adults in the area of Dysphagia, language and speech.

Specialisations

  • Early, pre-school, language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Fluency
  • Voice
  • Dysphagia and adult language issues
Emma Knight – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Emma is a dedicated speech pathologist with experience working in both country and metropolitan areas. She has experience working for Good Prospects in Riverland schools, pre-schools and nursing homes as well as in the metropolitan area where she is now based. She has a talent working with older people who may have swallowing or language issues and has completed projects with ECH around socialisation for older people with communication difficulties. She is accredited to provide LSVT®LOUD therapy for clients such as those with Parkinson’s Disease. Her paediatric work has included extensive success working with school aged students in both Catholic and DECD Schools in particular.

Specialisations

  • Swallowing/Dysphagia
  • Mealtime Management
  • Child speech
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Voice – LSVT-LOUD accredited
Duani Leach  – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Duani is a local Riverland girl whose passion is to work in the region where she grew up and give something back to the community.

She is a talented speech pathologist with experience working with DECD (Education Department) in both metropolitan and country/far north outreach locations in particular with disadvantaged families. Her work in this area includes an ability to work with augmentative and alternative communication skills including ProLoQuo2Go. She has skills in working with voice clients and in the area of adult care, she has experience both working and volunteering with adults and aged people with language and swallowing issues.

Specialisations

  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child speech
  • Voice
  • Dysphagia and adult language issues
  • Autism and Intellectual Disability
  • School aged literacy
Diana Nelson – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Di is an experienced paediatric speech pathologist who has a broad range of experience and qualifications.
She has a Masters in Disability studies as well as Speech Pathology and an honours degree in psychology.
With experience in private practice and state education, Di is also a qualified Autism Assessor.

Specialisations

  • Autism and Disability
  • Child speech
  • Pre-school and school language
  • Literacy

Lakkari Rigney – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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With previous experience in the private sector and provision of multi-disciplinary services, Lakkari is a talented and proudly indigenous (Ngarrindjeri) speech pathologist who holds a first class honours degree in swallowing. Experienced with AAC and early intervention, Lakkari also has a depth of experience with adults working with swallowing and adult rehabilitation, feeding and school aged clients. She is passionate about client centred care and strong collaborative practice.

Specialisations

  • Swallowing/Dysphagia
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child and adult speech
  • Adult rehabilitation
  • Feeding and mealtime management
  • Alternate and Augmentative communication
Mikaela Tran – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Mikaela is passionate about working with children in the private practice context. She likes to see the progress that can be achieved in working this way. She has worked in child speech clinics and has experience with school age language and literacy skills. Her skills extend to working with Dysphagia and Dementia in adults and she is one of our talented bilingual speech pathologists.

Specialisations

  • Child speech
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Literacy
  • Dysphagia
  • Dementia Care
  • Vietnamese speaking
  • ESL clients
Administration and NDIS

Kassie McKenzie – Admin and
Media

Kassie McKenzie – Admin and Media

Kassie is our fulltime NDIS manager and accounts processor. She is always available to respond to NDIS queries in relation to funding, service agreements and service bookings. Kassie also has a double degree in Media and English. She works flexibly across our offices supporting staff and providing the quality administration time that our practitioners deserve.

Specialisations

  • NDIS Manager
  • Administration
  • Social Media
Meg Phiddian – Speech Assistant and Admin Support

Meg is a fourth year speech pathology student who supports this practice and learns from us at the same time. She is a magic resource creator and, under supervision works with our clients on Saturdays with whom she has created a relationship. A bright future in Speech Pathology is predicted for this girl.

Specialisations

  • Speech Assistant
  • Speech Pathology student
  • Admin
  • Resource creator and maker

Karen Richards – Admin –
Riverland

Karen Richards – Admin – Riverland

Karen brings a wealth of professional and life experience to this practice. She has worked in the aged care sector and with the Department of Children’s Services supporting children with their needs. Her training extends to small business, finance, mental health first aid and crisis support and she has obtained a Diploma in Community Services (case management). Karen also enjoys volunteering in her community and shares her positive attitude with whomever she meets.

Specialisations

  • Admin Support
  • Community Caring
  • Casework Management