ABOUT US

Speech Plus Speech Pathology is a small speech pathology practice that aims to help improve the lives of children aged 3-12, by enabling them to communicate more effectively.  

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 communication needs, such as stuttering, comprehension, expressive language, spelling and reading.

Our Speech Pathologists

Kathy Bruno

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 both the Lidcombe Program for stuttering and the PROMPT technique, for severe speech disorders.

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 normal 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 pre-schoolers.  

Kathy recognises the importance of children enjoying the learning process, hence endeavours to create a positive learning environment for all children.  

 

Kathy has 3 school-age children who also keep her busy.  Being a mother has taught Kathy so much, which has enhanced her clinical practice enormously. 

Natasha Barlow

Speech Pathologist

Natasha graduated Speech Pathology from James Cook University in mid-2017. Her interests in rural and remote health had her returning to her hometown of Cairns to work across a variety of services, including Indigenous Health and Queensland Education. She started part-time private practice work in 2019.

Natasha has experience in a range of fields, including speech, language, stuttering and literacy. She has a keen interest in children and adults with hearing loss and has gained Certificates II and III in Auslan. She is continuing her studies (currently certificate IV), with goals of completing a Diploma in Auslan/Interpreting. Natasha is also engaged with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) nationally, through working and advocacy member, and judge and short lister for the SPA Book of the Year Awards.

 

Natasha also has a keen interest in research. She is currently completing research with adults with a background of stroke or traumatic brain injury. She has received awards for best poster presentation at the Cairns Hospital Research Symposium, and has presented at two national conferences. 

 

Natasha enjoys professional development and has attended many professional development courses relating to child and adult speech, language development, swallowing and culturally appropriate practices.  

Speech Plus Speech Pathology

PO Box 431

Redlynch  QLD  4870

Child Speech, Language and Literacy Specialists
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