1300 Speech (1300 773 324)

About Us

Our Strategy

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.
 

  • Open and honest explanations of each step of the process
  • Written reports on assessments / reviews
  • Regular monitoring of progress with consistent feedback
  • Desire to work as a part of a collaborative team with children, parents, teachers, medical professionals and other associated personnel
  • Provision of best practice and up to date therapeutic techniques

Lisa Decker

Certified Practising Senior Speech Pathologist

Over the past 30 years Lisa 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.

Stephanie Tan

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Stephanie graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology) and later received her Master’s in Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2020. Stephanie has clinical experience in working with children and adults within a variety of settings including private clinics, community rehabilitation centres, and hospitals. She is experienced in conducting formal and informal assessments, as well as delivering evidence-based therapy in the areas of speech, language, communication, social skills, and fluency. Prior to joining the Well Said team, Stephanie has worked as a Speech Therapy Assistant, providing support to pre-school and school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder across various settings which includes kindergarten and home.

Stephanie strives to empower families, educators and the wider community with the knowledge and strategies to help her clients achieve their full potential. She values the importance of building strong relationships with families and children and collaborating closely with those in the child’s community, including education and support staff. To ensure evidence-based practice is provided, Stephanie is committed to ongoing personal development to further improve her knowledge and clinical skills as well as stay up to date with the latest research.

Stephanie is certified in:

  • Basic Key Word Sign – Teena Caithness
  • Hanen More Than Words

Leanne Loong

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Leanne graduated from University of Melbourne in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Linguistics). She then graduated from University of Sydney in 2019 with a Master of Speech-Language Pathology. During her course, she had experiences working in hospitals, schools, community health, and private clinics; providing assessment and intervention for a range of clients, working collaboratively with other allied health professionals, as well as running school readiness groups.

Leanne is passionate about working with children, their families, and their relevant professionals as a team to provide treatment which targets their specific goals and maximises their potential.
As a new graduate, Leanne is committed to providing evidence-based practice by attending professional development workshops and webinars. She is currently certified in:

  • Key Word Sign Workshop – Tanya Jarvis
  • Understanding Autism – Sue Larkey

Cecilia Pham

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Cecilia is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist from the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedicine (Immunology) and a Master of Speech Pathology. Cecilia has completed a year-long research project on Speech Sound Disorders in children and has had a range of experience in assessing and providing therapy to children with speech, language, fluency, literacy, social and learning difficulties. She has experience working in various settings, including hospitals, schools and private practice.

Cecilia is passionate about providing the highest quality health service to parents and their children. She has a strong focus on family centred practice and continually ensures that she is providing evidence-based therapies by attending workshops and keeping up with the latest research.

Cecilia has completed training in:

  • Hanen – ‘More Than Words’
  • Sue Larkey – ‘Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Teaching Strategies and Behaviour Support’

 

Brent Connolly

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Brent completed his Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2014. After graduation he worked in schools in the western region of Catholic Education Melbourne to develop the speech, language, and communication skills of all children, especially those with additional educational needs.

Brent has experience providing speech, language, pragmatic, literacy, voice, speech fluency assessment and intervention. He is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for students, families, and schools through appropriate

evidence-based services that are targeted to a child’s areas of need. He has conducted therapy to target listening and attention, concept words, following directions, vocabulary, listening and storybook comprehension, grammar, sentence structure, storytelling, speech sounds, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, reading comprehension, voice use, and speech fluency.

Brent believes that communicating effectively families is integral to his role as a speech pathologist to discuss children’s learning, development, and progress, to obtain relevant information about children and their families to support therapy, and to providing easy to understand information that will enhance the child’s learning at home and at school.

Brent has completed professional development and training in:

  • Supporting learning for students with hearing loss
  • Phonological awareness and literacy
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Lidcombe Program for Children who Stutter
  • Hanen Learning Language and Loving It
  • Dyslexia
  • Management of school-age stuttering
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse individuals
  • MiniLit
  • Elklan Professional Development programs
  • Primary Talk and Talk Boost programs

 

 

Marnie Kelly

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Marnie graduated from La Trobe University in 2016 with her double degree, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology. After graduation she worked in an Autism specific school providing intensive speech pathology services to students with complex needs. She has also worked in private practice providing in depth assessment and intervention for clients with a range of communication difficulties, as well as running social intervention groups alongside other allied health professionals.

Marnie’s experiences have provided her with experience working with a vast range of clients, including those presenting with difficulties in speech, language, social skills, emotional regulation and those who use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to communicate. Marnie is passionate about working with parents, schools and other health professionals to meet each child at their current developmental level, and work together as a team to support them in reaching their full potential.

Marnie strongly believes in providing evidence based therapy tailored to support each individual client. She has attended a large number of professional development courses and workshops including:

  • Executive Function Skills and Strategies Webinar – Sarah Ward
  • DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic) and DIR 201 Course – ICDL
  • Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners (We Thinkers) PD – Nancy Tarshis
  • PODD Introductory Workshop – Gayle Porter and Melissa Riepsamen
  • ​​​Key Word Sign Workshop – Sarah Bowman and Liz Little
  • ​​Zones of Regulation Professional Development– Leah Kuypers
  • ​​​Introduction to Intensive Interaction PD – Dr Mark Barber

Marnie is currently enrolled in:

  • DIRFloortime® Intermediate Certificate (DIR-Intermediate) and DIR 202 Course – ICDL
  • More Than Words – Hanen
  • Secret Agent Society Training – Social Skills Training Institute

CLAIRE DWYER

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Claire completed her Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Prior to graduation, she gained experience in school, clinic, and hospital settings, delivering assessment and intervention to children, adolescents, and adults across a broad array of subject areas, including Speech, Language, Literacy, Social Skills, Voice, and Fluency. Claire also completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) at RMIT University in 2013. Following this, she worked as an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapist for 7 years, providing support to both pre-school/school-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder across school, kindergarten, home, and centre-based settings.

Claire’s experiences across each of these domains have led to the development of a well-rounded, thoughtful, and evidence-based approach towards supporting children’s unique communication difficulties. Claire has a genuine, longstanding passion for working with children and adolescents, with a friendly and engaging nature that lends itself well to the establishment of rewarding therapeutic relationships. Claire is particularly interested in early intervention, family-centred practice, and inclusion, and it is with these guiding interests that she consistently aims to achieve the best success stories for her clients.

 Claire has attended a number of rewarding professional development courses, workshops, and conferences including: 

  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (Teaching Strategies and Behaviour Support) – Sue Larkey
  • More Than Words Hanen Program – The Hanen Centre
  • Lidcombe Program Training – Simone Arnott
  • ABA Today Conference – Autism Behavioural Intervention Association
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training – Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia
  • Level 1 ABA Therapist Training – Autism Behavioural Intervention Association

Madeleine O’Reilly

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Madeleine is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist who is passionate about supporting children achieve their speech, language and communication goals. She graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology.

Madeleine has had experience completing assessments and providing intervention for social skills, language, speech, fluency and literacy in a variety of environments including schools, clinics and hospital settings.

Madeleine is committed to using a family-centred approach to ensure therapy sessions are fun, welcoming and personal for each child and their family. She is dedicated to using evidence-based practice within her therapy and will continue expanding her speech pathology knowledge by attending a range of professional development opportunities.

Madeleine has completed:

  • DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic)
  • DIRFloortime® 201 Course – ICDL
  • ​​Zones of Regulation Professional Development– Leah Kuypers