Patricia McLaughlin (Mizzi) , Director / Speech Pathologist

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Patricia's approach to providing speech pathology

Patricia takes a personal approach to speech therapy developing an individualised plan for your child maximising their abilities.

Goals are developed in conjunction with the family and are reviewed following each session. Homework tasks are provided following conclusion of each session to reinforce communication goals in the home environment.

Working experience

Patricia completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, at La Trobe University, Bundoora.  After completing her university degree she worked for a private speech pathology practice, which specialised in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She worked for Western Autistic School in 2008. In 2009–2012 Patricia worked at Northern School for Autism, Jacana campus.

In 2011 Patricia established Sounds Right Speech Pathology providing speech pathology services to children in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Experienced in

  • Autism spectrum disorders

  • Paediatric speech and language

  • Special needs

Training & Experience

  • Lidcombe Training (2018)

  • PROMPT: Introduction to PROMPT (2016)

  • Social Thinking (2015)

  • Hanen: More than words (2014)

  • Karen Stagnetti: Learning to play (2014)

  • Hanen: It takes two to talk (2012)

  • Training in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) (2011)

  • DIR Floortime Training (2011)

  • Social Stories (2009, 2010)

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) (2008)

  • Augmentative and Alternative communication (AAC)- including PECS, PODD books, Aided Language Displays, voice output devices

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member –PSR Status

  • Hanen certified speech language pathologist

Registered

Anika Kirkman, Speech Pathologist

Anika Kirkman

Working experience

Anika works part-time at Sounds Right Speech Pathology and part-time in Community Health.

Anika graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland in 2012. She has experience working in private and not-for-profit community organisations across Melbourne. Anika has developed a great depth of knowledge working with children in areas of autism spectrum disorder, preschool language, stuttering, literacy, and speech sound disorders. She has also gained extensive experience working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Anika is passionate about early intervention and family-centred practice, striving for engaging, individualised and evidence-based assessment and therapy for children and their families.

Anika is excited to be part of the team at Sounds Right Speech Pathology.

Training & Experience

Anika is dedicated to ongoing professional development. She has completed training in:

  • S.O.S Approach to Feeding - 2018

  • BLADES: Adding Meaning and Interaction to Language Therapy - 2018

  • Pre-school Language: Assessment and Therapy Update - 2017

  • Lidcombe Program Stuttering Workshop - 2017

  • Management of School Age Stuttering Workshop - 2016

  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Training Series - 2015

  • PROMPT: Introduction to PROMPT - 2015

  • Hanen: More Than Words - 2015

  • Karen Stagnitti: Learn to Play - 2014

  • Best Practice in the Management of Speech Sound Disorders – 2013

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member – PSR Status

Registered

  • Medicare provider

  • NDIS provider

Chloe Ma, Speech Pathologist

Chloe Ma

Chloe works at Sounds Right Speech Pathology on a Saturday and is currently fully booked.

Chloe graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Speech Pathology in 2015. Following this Chloe worked as a clinician in a mainstream primary school and volunteered her time in the emergency department of the Northern Hospital. 

Chloe is passionate about working closely with families and supporting children with developmental delays and complex communication needs, finding it highly rewarding.

Training & Experience

Chloe takes a positive approach to her learning. She receives ongoing mentoring and support.

She has completed training in:

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) 2016

  • Cued Articulation (2016)

  • Lidcombe Stuttering Training (2018)

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member –- PSR Status

Registered

Courtney Dines, Speech Pathologist

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Courtney completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2011 from La Trobe University. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia

Courtney is passionate about parent training and involvement in therapy, helping parents to focus on their child’s communication skills in everyday routines and play. Her therapy sessions are engaging, motivating and designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family.

Working experience

Courtney worked as a sole clinician in a mainstream primary school. During this time she worked in partnership with parents and teachers to assist children with a range of communication difficulties to achieve their full potential within all settings, including the classroom.

Following this, Courtney spent three years working in Early Intervention, with preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Downs Syndrome. Courtney gained invaluable experience working in a multidisciplinary team with other health professionals and parents to ensure the best communication outcomes for children, whilst also ensuring intervention was fun and family-centred.

Experienced in

  • Autism spectrum disorders

  • Paediatric speech and language

  • Special needs

Training & Experience

Courtney highly values ongoing Professional Development. She has completed training in:

  • PODD Training (2018)

  • Introduction to PROMPT (2016)

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • SOS approach to swallowing

  • Sarah Starr's management of swallowing difficulties

  • Strengths based practice

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member – PSR Status

Registered

Emma Lorenzin, Speech Pathologist

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Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University in 2010.  She has since been working in the area of paediatric speech pathology, particularly in Specialist Education and also in private practice.   Emma enjoys working with families in a fun and
engaging way to motivate clients to achieve their goals.

Working experience

Emma works part-time at Sounds Right Speech Pathology and spends the rest of her time chasing around a toddler.

Emma has worked as a sole clinician at a Specialist School for 7 years. Her experience working within a specialist school setting has given her the opportunity to work with children with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Intellectual Disabilities.  Working alongside occupational therapists, nurses, student well-being officers
and psychologists has given Emma the opportunity to learn about multidisciplinary strategies and to better understands the holistic needs of children.

Emma has also worked part time at another Melbourne private practice with both preschool and school aged children. She has experience working in the areas of speech, language, fluency, literacy, social skills and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Training & Experience

Emma is committed to keeping up to date with current evidence based practice and therapy techniques which has seen her awarded with Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist status by Speech Pathology Australia.

  • Lidcombe Fluency workshop (2018)

  • Paediatric fluency workshop (2016)

  • Hanen ‘It takes two to talk’ (2015)

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication including: Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) introductory workshop (2011), page stets for Speech Generating Devices (2016)

  • Play is the Way’ social skills games workshop (2013)

  • Phonological Awareness and Speech Sounds workshop by (2012)

  • ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder-Communication Skills workshop (2011)

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member – CPSP Status

  • Stuttering Interest Group Victoria Member

Registered

  • Medicare provider

  • NDIS provider

Fiona Kline, Speech Pathologist

Fiona has 25 years experience working in the field of Paediatric Speech Pathology. She works part-time at Sounds Right Speech Pathology joining the team in 2018.

She has worked in a variety of settings including Community Health, Schools, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Early Intervention and Private Practice.  She is trained in the use of PECS as an alternative communication system.

Fiona is passionate about empowering and coaching caregivers to interact, play and engage in day to day activities with their child in a way that promotes, supports and enriches their child’s social interaction, communication, speech and language development. 

She has extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of Autism, Developmental Delay and children’s speech and language development.

Training & Experience

Fiona has sought out the following additional training and is a Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist.

  • It Takes Two to Talk

  • More than Words

  • Talkability.

  • P.E.C.S.

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member – CPSP Status

  • Stuttering Interest Group Victoria Member

Registered

  • Medicare provider

Elyse Duggan, Speech Pathologist

Elyse works on a Saturdays at Sounds Right Speech Pathology and full-time at a Special Developmental School. Elyse joined the Sounds Right team in 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Australian Catholic University in 2017.

Elyse is passionate about working with children with Complex Communication Needs including children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities. Elyse has a particular interest in using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and promoting communication access to help children find their voice and become robust communicators

Training & Experience: 

Elyse continually seeks to improve her skills as a clinician through professional development.

She has completed training in:

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) -2018

  • Intensive Interaction: Mark Barber -2018

  • Key Word Sign training -2018

  • The Traffic Jam in My Brain: Genevieve Jerub -2018

  • Understanding Attachment and Trauma by YarraMe School -2018

  • Communication at School: Gayle Porter (CPEC) -2018

  • Whole Communication Approach in Schools: Helen Tainsh and Melissa Riepsamen (CPEC) - 2018

  • Attended ISAAC Conference -2018

  • Communication apps including: Proloquo2Go, PODD on Compass, Grid 3, Snap + Core First, TouchChat (WordPower), LAMP

Memberships:

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member 

  • AGOSCI Member

Registered:

  • Medicare Provider

Melissa Barulovski, Reception Administration

Melissa Barulovski

Melissa is a valued team member of Sounds Right Speech Pathology. She has been working with Sounds Right since 2015, and has watched the clinic grow from a 1 band man, to a team.

Melissa is a god send to the clinic, undertaking reception and administration duties at the clinic. She works extremely hard and is responsible for the processing of FaHCSIA and NDIS claims.  She overseas all the invoices, and lodges all of the NDIS service bookings. She is also responsible for managing the wait list and bookings.

 

 

 

Fiona Stock, Receptionist

Fiona joined the team in 2018. She works part-time at Sounds Right Speech Pathology.

Fiona undertakes reception duties at the clinic, and is responsible for the processing of NDIS and medicare claims, invoicing and bookings. You may also see her step in to complete the cleaning when the clinic is quiet.