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 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.

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:

  • ‘Best practice in the management of speech sound disorders in children: Making every session count’ – Elise Baker
  • ‘Oral Language Competence in Early Life and the Transition to Academic Success: Lessons Learnt from Vulnerable Young People’ – Pamela Snow
  • ‘The differential diagnosis between cognitive and language disorder: Is it IQ or language?’ – Valerie O’Keefe and Angela Kinsella-Ritter
  • ‘Supporting older school-aged children and adolescents with language and literacy difficulties’ – Julia Starling
  • ‘The Lidcombe Program’ – Brenda Carey and Elisabeth Harrison.
  • Hanen – ‘Learning Language and Loving It”

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.

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

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