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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
  • Audiometry Screenings and Assessment Program
  • Key Word Signing

Andrea has also attended the following workshops:

  • “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 Erika

smiling Erika Salmon waring an Andrea Cooper Speech Pathology shirt

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

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

Erika is trained in:

  • Audiometry Screenings and Assessment Program
  • Key Word Signing
  • Australian Sign Language (Auslan) 
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Teaching Strategies & Behaviour Support
  • Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays

Erika has a particular passion for working with individuals who have hearing impairments, feeding and swallowing difficulties. She completed two semesters of Auslan Signing during her university degree.

Erika also completed her fourth-year placement at the Canberra Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Special Care Unit, Breast Feeding Clinic and Cleft Palate Clinic.

Erika is a valued member of our speech pathology team. She is able to bring innovation and warmth to her sessions to ensure that the client and their family is best supported to meet their communication and interaction goals.

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
  • Key Word Signing

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.

SPA

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

NDIS

We are registered providers with the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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