Patricia Mizzi, Director / Speech Pathologist

Patricia Mizzi.jpg

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

  • 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:

  • 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 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 with Patricia Mizzi and Courtney Dines. She has completed training in:

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)- 2016
  • Cued Articulation -2016

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member- PSR Status

Registered

Courtney Dines, Speech Pathologist

Courtney Dines.jpg

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:

  • 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

Emma Lorenzin.jpg

Emma Lorenzin is part-time at Sounds Right Speech Pathology and a full-time mother of a baby girl outside of work.

Emma comes to Sounds Right Speech Pathology with 7 years of experience.

She has worked both at Concord Special School and Box Hill Private Practice.

We are excited to have Emma join us this year!

Sarah Stewart, Speech Pathologist

Sarah Stewart

Sarah worked full-time as a teacher for 8 years, and also has worked as a Instructor and Recreation Leader for children co-ordinating programs for children with Intellectual Disabilities. Sarah has completed a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology (2015), and a  certificate in Primary Education.

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member- PSR Status

Registered

Early Literacy Intervention (2014) and a Diploma in Education (2008).

Training and Experience

  • 8 years primary school teaching
  • Experience with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder for both children and adults
  • Lidcombe Fluency (Stuttering) Training (2016)
  • Phonological Awareness for Literacy Program (PAL)
  • Language difficulties and Phonological Difficulties

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member- PSR Status

Registered

Yvette Madden, Speech Pathologist

Yvette Madden.jpg

Yvette graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2011.

Following the completion of her studies, Yvette has worked within the education department and has developed a particular passion for working with children with disabilities. Yvette spent a number of years working at Northern School for Autism, and is currently working 4x days a week a Coburg Special Development school, where she is the therapy team leader.

Yvette has great knowledge and experience in the organisation and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication.

Yvette is an enthusiastic therapist who prides herself in her dedication to professional growth and development.

Yvette is experienced with

  • complex communication difficulties
  • Intellectual difficulties
  • Disabilities including: Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Augmentative communication options
  • PECS
  • IPAD apps including Proloquo2go

Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia Member- PSR Status

Registered

 

Melissa Barulovski, Reception Administration

Melissa Barulovski

Melissa is a valued team member of Sounds Right Speech Pathology.

Melissa undertakes reception and administration duties at the clinic. She works extremely hard and is responsible for the processing of FaHCSIA and NDIS claims.