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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

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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).

Andrea is trained in:

  • 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
  • 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

Andrea has also attended the following workshops:

  • 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 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 also works at the University of Newcastle as a Clinical Educator for the Speech Pathology in Schools Program.

Meet Sally

smiling Sally Byrne wearing an Andrea Cooper Speech Pathology shirt

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.
  • Key Word Signing 

Sally has attended the following workshops:

  • Telehealth – ‘Embracing technology in healthcare’ by Charles Sturt University

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

smiling Emily Swan wearing an Andrea Cooper Speech Pathology shirt

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 has attended the following workshops:

  • 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.

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

smiling Abby Murrell wearing an Andrea Cooper Speech Pathology shirt

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 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.

SPA

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

NDIS

We are registered providers with the National Disability Insurance Scheme