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This is who we are & this is what we do.
Lisa Decker is a fully qualified Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, (Latrobe University) Melbourne in 1983.
Over the past 30 years she has worked in a variety of settings and as a result has developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of assessment, diagnosis and intervention for communication difficulties that children, of all ages, experience – including articulation (speech), oral language (both comprehension and expression), fluency, voice and learning difficulties.
Lisa is well-known, highly experienced and has worked extensively for many years within the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Most recently she has worked as the Senior Speech Pathologist of the Catholic Education Office (CEO) and did so for the past 13 years. Prior to working for the CEO, she was the Director of the Wyndham Speech Pathology Clinic for 15 years. She has also worked in early intervention and community health.
Over that time Lisa has continued to develop her skills and knowledge with ongoing education and professional development. She is an experienced trainer of both parents, teachers, integration aides and others who require the skills to work effectively with children who have additional and specialist needs. Lisa is now an accredited provider of Hanen Parent Training Programs and Secret Agent Society.
Over the past 30 years the availability and access of expert speech pathology services has diminished within the western suburbs and Lisa is passionate about filling this void and providing a service that is not only accessible but also provides parents with the assurance that their children are gaining the best possible evidence based services available.
Cath Morrissy: Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Cath brings a wealth of experience to the clinic in her work over the past 33 years in supporting children in their skill development in communication, learning and social interaction. Cath’s previous work history saw her teach children across all Year levels of the Primary school curriculum, having taught throughout Victoria for 23 years. Sixteen years saw her, as a Principal, also lead school communities to ensure the development of the child was paramount in all school endeavours. It was this desire to make a difference for the children in her care which led her to change direction in 2003, and return to University to become a qualified Speech Pathologist.
Since graduating from her Masters of Speech Pathology course at La Trobe University in 2005, Cath has worked at the Catholic Education Office: Western Region for the past ten years where she is currently the Senior Speech Pathologist.
A practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, and registered Medicare Provider, as a Speech Pathologist, Cath provides families with a voice in meeting the communication needs of their children. She works with children with additional learning needs including those with oral language difficulties, articulation errors, stuttering, voice concerns, learning difficulties and developmental delays. She also supports children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in developing their social language skills. Cath has extensive experience in working with children who are multilingual and supporting them as they develop their additional languages.
Cath’s passion for providing children with the confidence to engage in social interaction sees her develop a natural rapport with each child, challenge them to extend their efforts and work towards improved communication.
Central to supporting the child in their communication and learning is Cath’s belief that families are fully participatory, well informed and supported in their interaction and that where possible, best access to all additional service options are sourced. Discussion of mutually agreed upon goals consolidates the child-family-therapist relationship and guarantees that all are working together to achieve these goals.
Cath’s specialist skills have been enhanced by professional development in speech sound articulation with Caroline Bowen; stuttering through the Lidcombe training program; social language skills with Carol Gray’s social stories and social scripts as well as the SAS Secret Agent Society training programs; building Literacy skills in the Sutherland Phonological Assessment process with Ros Neilson and the OLSEL (Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy) research project and current involvement in the CPOL (Classrooms Promoting Oral Language) research project.
Jessica Stiles: Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Jessica completed her double degree, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology, at La Trobe University in 2012. After graduation she worked at a private practice with a specific focus on literacy and language development and then subsequently worked for the Catholic Education Office, providing therapy for students within the school context in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
Jessica’s experience in these settings has enabled her to develop an extensive knowledge base and skill set in the area of paediatric assessment and therapy. Furthermore, she has gained invaluable experience managing a complex client base comprising of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, physical impairments and chromosomal abnormalities.
Jessica has experience in working with children presenting with a range of communication impairments related to oral language, pragmatic language, literacy, articulation, fluency and voice in a variety of settings.
During her career, Jessica has demonstrated a commitment to ongoing professional development as she has participated in Speech Pathology Australia’s mentoring program and attended a number of evidence based workshops including:
These stimulating and rewarding experiences have highlighted the importance of creating a positive, nurturing and stimulating learning environment for children of all ages, backgrounds and personalities. Jessica strives to work collaboratively with family members, teaching staff and other health professionals to assist children in achieving their maximum potential.
We aim to provide a quality service to all our clients. We believe that knowledge is powerful and underlays progress and success. With this in mind we approach the provision of all services with the following philosophy