Talking Matters Team of Consultants
Are you looking for someone to support you in helping your child develop communication skills and reach their potential with learning? Our speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologist, disability consultants and support workers are passionate about children's development. The team work with children and families to develop skills and learning across a broad range of areas. Contact us to see how our friendly team can partner with you and your child to help your child reach their potential.
Founding Member & Director
Ba Spath MSPA CPSP Senior Speech Pathologist
Carla commenced working in the practice in 2006 when it was formed. Carla is passionate about the practice and has contributed to developing a practice that offered the type and quality of services she wanted for her own children. Over the years she has worked in schools, provided clinical therapy, contributed to the development of the practice and the team that works within it. Carla managed all of the day to day and longer term business needs of the practice until a Business Manager was employed in 2016. She is Hanen certified to run the "It Takes Two to Talk" and "More Than Words" (TM) parent programs. She has completed Advanced PECS training (Picture Exchange Communication System). She has a special interest in children on the autism spectrum and diagnosis of APD, Dyslexia, attention difficulties and speech sound disorders.
Jodie has a wealth of experience in administration. In 2013 she completed her Diploma in Business Management and fulfills a vital role managing the many administrative requirements of the practice. Jodie manages client services, the admin team, accounts, resources for clients, facilities, technology, first aid and more. She is extremely busy ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible. Her role ensures clients experience a professional service from booking and beyond and that clinicians are supported so they can get on with their job of providing high quality services.
Ba Spath (Hons) MSPA CPSP
Stacey graduated her degree with Honours, completing her thesis on "Pragmatic Development of Children with Hearing Loss". Stacey is engaged at Talking Matters as the Clinicial Manager, a position she earned with her passion and many skills. Stacey provides valuable leadership in the practice, managing the responsibility of the clinical service provision and support of the clinical team. She is also a skilled clinician who works with children both in the office and in a school. She also has specialised skills in supporting fussy eaters and uses these skills in upskilling others, including students on placement from university. She is often a key organiser and contributer to student training, providing workshops, social event organising and all of the 'extra' things Talking Matters does, such as the client Christmas Party. Stacey makes a considerable contribution to the overall running and management of the practice, bringing her positivity and 'can do' attitude to everything she does.
Executive Administration Assistant
Cathy has a wealth of administration and management experience, most recently working with TAFESA. Cathy will be working closely with the management team in providing leadership and support to the practice. Her role will also include assisting the management team with the facilitation of continuous improvement practices.
Shauna De Jong
Ba Health Sc. MA Spath MSPA
Shauna graduated from Flinders University in 2016 with her Masters in Speech Pathology, following a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of South Australia. Shauna developed her clinical skills within a range of placements, Her experience includes time at the Repatiration General Hospital, a Community Childcare Centre, various schools within the Elizabeth region and finally at Talking Matters. Shauna has developed a passion for helping children and their families to develop their speech, language, and social skills. Shauna works from the office, as well as providing services to local schools. She will also be available alternate Saturdays in the Elizabeth Downs office for families who need out of school hours appointments.
Ba Sc (Speech Pathology)
Natalie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) in 2013, before returning to Adelaide to work as a speech pathologist. She joined our team early in 2016. Natalie has gained experience in a number of clinic and school based environments prior to starting at Talking Matters. Natalie is interested in working with the deaf community and has pursued additional training outside of her speech pathology degree in Auslan. She has also been an active member of Girls' Brigade groups and has completed additional studies in Health Administration. Natalie provides services in the office at Elizabeth Downs as well as at a number of schools in the local area.
Ba Spath MSPA
Le completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree at Flinders University in 2016. She has experience in working with children with various speech and language difficulties, feeding difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Le completed her final placement at Talking Matters in 2016 and has now joined us as a fully qualified speech pathologist. She has developed a strong passion for working closely with chidlren to support their communication, feeding and social needs. Le works in the office, including alternate Saturdays, as well as providing services in schools.
Ba Spath MSPA
Michelle completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree at Flinders University in 2015. She has completed several paediatric placements and has a passion for working with children who experience speech, language and mealtime difficulties. Michelle has completed placements at the Women's and Children's Hospital speech and language outpatient clinic and Flinders Medical Centre Fluency clinic. She has also undertaken observations in childcare centres and at schools with the Department of Education. She completed her final placement at Talking Matters in 2015, where she gained experience working with a range of areas including speech, language and literacy. She also worked closely to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delays. Michelle is actively engaged in developing her clinical skills and has undertaking training in PECS, Key Word Sign and mealtime management.
Ba Spath MSPA
Sarah completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University. She spent 18 months working in rural Victoria with a special focus on Indigenous children in kindergartens and schools. During this time she developed a keen understanding of working with families from diverse backgrounds. Sarah has a passion for working with children of all ages on their speech, language and literacy difficulties. She will be working both in clinic and in schools and will provide services on alternate Saturdays.
Kate graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia in 2016. Since her graduation she has been working in aged care along with performing hydrotherapy with children. After participating in placement opportunities, Kate realised her passion and interest was in working with children. In particular, Kate has an interest in the early intervention for children with development delays and sensory processing.
Kate has worked with children with behavioural, developmental, social, communication and sensory difficulties. Kate in enthusiastic and compassionate in dealing with clients and their families and is passionate about a holistic approach and working in collaboration / partnership with caregivers.
Ba Health Sc, MA (OT)
Gael graduated from the University of South Australia as an occupational therapist in 2016 and commenced working at Talking Matters in 2017. She has completed professional development in areas such as social and emotional development, toileting and autism and is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest evidence based practice. With a can-do attitutde and passion for working with children and families, Gael always commits her all to make therapy fun and effective. She has a young family herself and thrives on supporting children to reach their potential. Gael works at Talking Matters four days per week, providing services within the Elizabeth Downs office and in schools.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Ba App Sc (OT)
Jessica joined us mid 2015 after graduating in 2014 from the University of South Australia as an Occupational Therapist. Jessica has a passion for working in paediatrics and has had the opportunity to complete placements as a student. Jessica completed a placement at a special school working with children with autism and other developmental delays. Jessica is a quiet achiever who has shown herself to be thorough in her preparation and management of her clients and is always willing to help out a colleague. Jessica works during the week in the offices and in some schools in the area.
Ba App Sc (OT)
Jillian graduated from the University of South Australia as an Occupational Therapist at the end of 2014 and has been working in rehabilitation within a hospital setting since graduating. Among her placements Jillian completed a placement at the Women's and Children's hospital where she worked in a multi-disciplinary team with children with a range of developmental delays. She is passionate about working with children and supporting them in a holistic way to reach their potential. Jillian has also volunteered in Japan supporting families that were affected by the Tsunamis. Jillian has completed additional time work shadowing Talking Matters occupational therapists to familiarise herself with our processes in preparation to commence with her own paediatric client load. Jillian will be working Monday to Fridays at this stage both in the office and in a number of schools.
Ba App Sc (OT)
Olivia completed her occupational therapy degree in 2016 at the University of South Australia. After volunteering with the Starlight Children's Foundation and completing a final year placement at the Women's and Children's Hospital Olivia knew her passion was in working with children. She has a particular interest in children with developmental difficulties and in providing quality early intervention to her clients. Olivia has worked with children with behavioural, developmental and sensory needs, as well as with difficulties in social and play skills. Her caring and enthusiastic personality assists in developing positive relationships with children and their families. She believes in a holistic, family centred approach to intervention.
BaSocSci, Ba (Psych) (Hons), MPsych(O&HF), MAPS Registered Psychologist
Lauren is a Registered Psychologist with a strong academic and professional background in psychology. During her time at university Lauren was awarded for academic achievement by both the University of Adelaide and the Australian Psychologica Society (APS), graduating from the Master's program in 2013. Lauren has gained experience in a number of fields, including corporate consultancy and EAP support, cognitive research, occupational rehabilitation and community services. She has worked with a number of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients in remote environments, as well as working with children and young people in out-of-home care arrangements, disability and refugee services. Lauren is passionate about working with children and young people to support their learning and development. Lauren relies upon evidence based, best practices research and interventions when working with clients, including CBT and ACT based approaches. Lauren has recently increased her time in the practice, offering appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays.
Autism & Disability Consultants
Autism & Disability Consultant
Dip. T (Primary) & B. of Sp. Educ
Chris joined us in 2015 as an Autism and Disability Consultant. Chris has had a long career as teacher, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal within the Department of Education, spending much of her career working in schools within the northern suburbs of Adelaide. Chris spent a number of years coordinating services for children with additional needs and has worked alongside professionals such as speech pathologist, psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. She has a thorough understanding of the school system, available supports and options for accessing them. She is well skilled in working with teachers and schools to support children and families in schools. Chris works with schools and families and assists with implementing professional recommendations into children's everyday learning environment. Chris works part-time so her availability is limited to specific days. Please contact the Talking Matters office for further information.
Kate works in the office on accounts and general office duties as well as filling in at reception at times. She helps Jodie with organising resource orders and with all the processing and preparation that goes into helping families with NDIA funding to access services. Kate has experience working in similar accounts roles for other companies and has transferred those skills into our allied health practice well. She manages many of the complexities of working in a busy paediatric practice and is a key team member we can rely on to help out when needed. She has a young family herself and works fulltime in our office. Kate makes a valuable contribution to the team.
Hannah works on the front desk at Talking Matters as a receptionist. Prior to joining our team, Hannah worked with a recruitment agency in an administrative capacity. Hannah has completed her Certificate III in Business Administration and would like to continue her studies with the aim to complete a Diploma of Business Administration. Hannah will be greeting people and checking them in as well as managing the various paperwork needed by families. When Hannah isn’t on the reception desk at Talking Matters, she is undertaking renovation projects on her house.
Gillian has worked in previous clerical and customer service positions, and has taken on the role as casual receptionist with Talking Matters. You may recognise Gillian as she was previously the owner of a Play Café in the northern suburbs. When she is not at Talking Matters she is very busy with her little family.