Aspire Speech Pathology - Logo

Our Team

All of our Speech Pathologists enjoy working together with families and other professionals, to create a family-centered, personalised and holistic approach to therapy.

They use patience, understanding and bright personality, taking into consideration each client’s unique character, interests and strengths.

We adopt a fun and upbeat approach to speech and language therapy.

Meet Andrea

Andrea Cooper is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Andrea graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays
  • Hanen ‘More than Words’ Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) – Level 1 Training
  • UCLA The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) – PEERS® for Young Adults – Social Skill Program
  • Audiometry Screenings and Assessment Program
  • Key Word Signing
  • Community of Practice: Complex Trauma in Speech Pathology – Applying theory to everyday practise when working with people who have experienced complex trauma – Speech Pathology Australia
  • Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) Workshop – 5 Elements of LAMP, Language connections and Introductions to Implementation – Liberator
  • SLP LIVE: Feel Empowered Treating Speech – Presented by Jennie Bjorem, Amy Graham and Rebecca Reinking.
  • Colourful Semantics Masterclass presented by Marina Hennes
  • The ABC’s of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) by Chyrisse Heine
  • What is Developmental Language Disorder – Speech Pathology Australia
  • Developing Sentence Complexity in Written Expression: Strategies for Students from 8 to 18.  By Jenny Baker
  • How Words Work: Spelling Development, Assessment and Intervention.  By Jenny Baker
  • Social Thinking Training: “Superflex & Social Detective-A Mighty Duo!” Best teaching practices to help children become social observers and to develop their social thinking to improve self-awareness, self-monitoring and self-regulation.
  • “Building Communication: Supporting Parents of Pre-schoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties” by the Hanen Centre
  • “Starting Early: Red Flags and Treatment Tips for Toddlers on the Autism Spectrum” by the Hanen Centre
  • “Teaching Tuning In: Practical Strategies to Promote Theory of Mind for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum” by the Hanen Centre
  • “Blades – Adding Meaning and Interaction to Language therapy for 2-5 year olds” presented by Mellanie Sherwood
  • “Reading Comprehension and Written Expression: Supporting primary and secondary students with written language difficulties” presented by Dr Julia Starling
  • “Reading and Spelling Difficulties in Children: Assessment and Treatment” presented by Dr Saskia Kohnen
  • “Making it a Success – Teaching and Behaviour Support Strategies For Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” presented by Sue Larkey
  • “Speech Sound Disorders – The Basics & Beyond II” presented by Dr Caroline Bowen
  • “Childhood Apraxia of Speech” presented by Dr Caroline Bowen
  • “Accidental Counsellor Training” presented by Rocky Biasi – Human Connections

Andrea loves the variety of her caseload.  She enjoys working with young children to improve their early language skills, working with clients to improve their articulation of sounds and working with primary and high school aged clients to improve their language and social communication skills.  Andrea has a particular passion and extensive experience in teaching literacy skills (including reading, spelling and comprehension of written texts). She has taught many children, adolescents and young adults in this area.   

Andrea has also worked at the University of Newcastle as a Clinical Educator for the Speech Pathology in Schools Program.

Meet Sally

Sally Byrne is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Sally graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Sally is trained in:

  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays
  • Sounds-Write: a linguistic phonics program which uses an evidence-based and highly effective approach to teach reading, spelling and writing.
  • Talk for Writing Program
  • Key Word Signing 

Sally has attended the following workshops:

  • Pragmatic Language Skills: A hard nut to crack, by Lucia Smith
  • Speech Pathology in Schools – A whole school approach, by Speech Pathology Australia
  • Using the Curriculum through Response to Intervention Model, by Speech Pathology Australia
  • Telehealth – ‘Embracing technology in healthcare’ by Charles Sturt University
  • Diagnosing DLD with Confidence – The DLD Project

Sally has a particular passion for working with individuals in the school setting and collaborating with families and other professionals to ensure holistic and individualised services.

Sally has experience working with individuals with disabilities in her previous employment as a support worker and in her final year placement at a support school in Hobart.

She believes in the importance of empowering clients and their families in improving their communication and interaction skills.

Sally is a valued member of our speech pathology team. She has a unique style and connects well with clients in her sessions. The aim is for the client and their family to meet their communication and interaction goals, which Sally does a great job doing.

Meet Emily

Emily Swan is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Emily graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Emily is trained in:

  • Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy – Introduction course by the Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology.
  • Talk for Writing Program

Emily has attended the following workshops:

  •  Speech Pathology in the Literacy Domain: From Prevention to Intervention, by Dr Tanya Serry
  • Hanen ‘Helping Parents Use Routines to Promote Young Children’s Interaction and Language Skills’
  • Making it a Success: Teaching & Behaviour strategies for Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by Sue Larkey
  • Emerging Minds: The impact of trauma on the child
  • Emerging Minds: Supporting children who have experienced trauma
  • What is Developmental Language Disorder, Diagnosis of Developmental Language Disorder and Reporting and Advocacy for People with Developmental Language Disorder – Speech Pathology Australia
  • Creative Strategies for Teaching Social Thinking in Schools, Clinics, Home and Through Tele-Education

Emily gained experience working with children with a range of disabilities and developmental levels in her previous role as a developmental support worker.

Emily enjoys working closely with teachers, educators and families to bring out the best communication opportunities for each child, in a variety of settings.

Using creativity and her bright, bubbly personality, Emily makes speech therapy fun and engaging for children of all ages.

Meet Abby

Abby Murrell is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Abby graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Abby is trained in:

  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays
  • Sounds-Write: a linguistic phonics program which uses an evidence-based and highly effective approach to teach reading, spelling and writing.
  • The Lidcombe Program – Stuttering Program for Children who Stutter

Abby has attended the following workshops:

  • Supporting older children & adolescents with reading comprehension & written expression difficulties – by Speech Pathology Australia
  • Treating Apraxia of Speech – by Prof. Tricia McCabe, Speech Pathology Australia
  • What is Developmental Language Disorder – Speech Pathology Australia

Abby is passionate about working with children with disabilities, and has plenty of experience working in a variety of settings.

She’s great at working with individuals, families, teachers and other health professionals to support and enhance the clients ability to communicate within the community.

Abby’s soft and warm personality helps her clients become comfortable within the session and build confidence to work towards their goals.

Meet Georgie

Georgie Burridge is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Georgie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Georgie is trained in:
  • UCLA The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) for Adolescents
  • Sounds-Write: a linguistic phonics program which uses an evidence-based and highly effective approach to teach reading, spelling and writing.
Georgie has attended the following workshops:
  • Speech Pathology in Schools: A whole school approach’- by Speech Pathology Australia
  • Feel More Confident Understanding and Implementing the Minimal Pairs Approach’- by Rebecca Reinking
  • ‘Telehealth: Embracing technology in healthcare’- Charles Sturt University
  • ‘Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk’- Atkinson Childcare College
  • The Traffic Jam In My Brain – A sensory Processing Approach to challenges associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences
Previously employed as a childcare educator in before and after school care and preschool settings, Georgie has lots of experience working with children and families. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, and loves the day-to-day variety that her role as a speech pathologist brings. She values the importance of taking the time to get to know her clients, their interests and goals in order to provide therapy that is personalised, engaging and fun.

Meet Isaac

Isaac Vanderhout is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Isaac graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Isaac is passionate about developing children’s communication skills so they can reach their fullest potential during their education and beyond. He strongly believes therapy has the most benefits when individuals, families, teachers, and health professionals work together to achieve communication goals.

Isaac has a friendly, caring, and patient personality. He values a positive relationship with his clients and strives to provide engaging, personalised therapy.

Meet Madelin

Maddie is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Maddie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Maddie is trained in:

  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays

Maddie is passionate about improving access to speech pathology services across rural areas, and supporting young children and their families to reach their communication goals through neuro-affirming approaches.

Maddie also enjoys working towards written communication goals with clients, and helping them reach their potential in a classroom setting and beyond.

Meet Meg

Meg Cridland is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Meg graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Meg is trained in:

  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays

Meg is passionate about school projects and the importance of providing accessible speech pathology services to all children and their families. She enjoys working with preschool and school-aged children for speech, language and stuttering.

Meg values the importance of building rapport with her clients and their families to ensure that therapy is engaging and personalised.

Meet Katrina

Katrina Le is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Katrina graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Katrina enjoys working with preschool and school-aged children for speech, language and voice. She is passionate about providing clients with the tools they need to thrive in their learning and aims to deliver these with a warm, friendly and adaptable approach to therapy.

Meet Sarah

Sarah McKinney is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Sarah graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Sarah is trained in:

  • Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme
  • Munchee U Protocols Online and is a certified Munchee practitioner

Sarah has attended the following workshops:

  • Trauma-informed Care

Sarah has a particular passion for working with individuals in the school setting and particularly loves working with children with literacy, language and speech sound goals.

Sarah also has experience with working with a diverse caseload including neurodiverse individuals and people with disabilities.

She is passionate about helping others achieve their communication goals and believes creating a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and their families is imperative in doing this.

Meet Zoe

Zoe Grady – Allied Health Assistant

Zoe is currently studying for her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.

Zoe loves working with preschool and school-aged kids, especially in literacy. With prior experience as a support teacher in this area, this fuels her passion even more. She is deeply committed to fostering the communication skills of children, enabling them to achieve their maximum potential throughout their educational journey and in life. She is dedicated to equipping her clients with the necessary resources to excel in their learning journey, delivering them with a warm, friendly, and adaptable approach to therapy.

Meet Kate

Kate Bevitt – Allied Health Assistant

Kate is currently studying for her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.

She intends to graduate at the beginning of 2025. Kate enjoys working with pre-school and school-aged children and is passionate about helping all her clients to achieve their goals. Kate’s caring and bubbly personality ensures therapy sessions are engaging, fun and beneficial for the client.

SPA

We are bound by Speech Pathology Australia’s Code of Ethics

NDIS

We are registered providers with the National Disability Insurance Scheme