Speech Plus Speech Pathology is a speech pathology practice that aims to help improve the lives of children of all ages, by enabling them to communicate more effectively. We create fun learning opportunities that engage children and stimulate development.
The name of the practice, Speech Plus Speech Pathology encapsulates our philosophy of supporting children who have speech articulation delays and disorders, PLUS children who have a wide array of feeding and communication needs, such as stuttering, comprehension, expressive language, spelling and reading. Speech is just the beginning....
Sam lives in Julatten and is primarily providing services in the Mossman and Port Douglas areas, out of our Craiglie clinic. She graduated from James Cook University in 2014 where she received the JCU academic medal and membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society. She has since worked in the day care setting as both a speech pathologist and Early Childhood Educator.
Sam is looking forward to delving more deeply into evidence-based speech therapy interventions and is pleased to be able to bring a service closer to the Mossman and Port Douglas communities.
Tiarna completed grade 12 in 2020 and is excited to be joining our team as a receptionist. She is looking forward to learning new skills and getting to know all of our wonderful clients.
Tiarna also has interests in photography and animals. She is currently working through an online diploma in photography and enjoys pet sitting.
Director and Senior Speech Pathologist
Kathy has worked as a speech pathologist since 2000, after graduating from the University of QLD. She worked for Education Qld in Cairns before commencing private practice in 2009. Kathy thoroughly enjoys her work with children and loves seeing the improvements and the successes achieved by students. She is committed to working within best practice guidelines and maintains her skill-set by regularly attending conferences, workshops and ongoing professional development. She is trained in the Lidcombe Program for stuttering, the PROMPT technique, for severe speech disorders, and the PEERS Program, for adolescents with social skills difficulties.
Kathy works in all areas of speech pathology and enjoys the variety that the profession offers. In addition to this, she has two special interest areas. She loves the challenge of working with children who have complex speech sound disorders. It is incredible to be part of the journey from unintelligibility to clear speech.
Literacy is Kathy's second special interest area. This is particularly relevant to speech pathology as children with speech disorders in their pre-school years are more likely to have literacy difficulties in their school years. Often by the time parents are seeking help from a speech pathologist, children have already experienced successive failures and have low self-esteem. To avoid this Kathy incorporates literacy strategies into her speech therapy for at-risk students and is involved in developing preventative programs for preschoolers.
Kathy recognises the importance of children enjoying the learning process, hence endeavours to create a positive learning environment for all children.
Ainjali is a Cairns local who studied her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of QLD. She enjoys the challenge and the variety that private practice offers and loves getting to know the children and families who she works with.
Ainjali is committed to extending her knowledge and is particularly interested in specialising in child feeding. She has completed training in the SOS Approach to Feeding (Sequential-Oral-Sensory Approach) and is offering this program to families in Cairns.
As well as feeding, Ainjali also enjoys working with children who have speech, language and literacy difficulties.