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Speech Therapy Team

The GCFC currently consists of the following highly skilled and experienced Speech Pathologists. 
Sarah Turner
Speech Pathologist

Sarah graduated from Macquarie University in 1996 with a BA (Psychology). She continued studying and graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with a B.Applied Science (Speech Pathology).

 

Sarah has worked in both public and private practice, specialising in paediatrics. She has experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Feeding Difficulties, Language Disorder, Speech and Fluency disorders. Sarah is committed to ongoing professional development and has completed the following training:

 

  • Paediatric Feeding Education Program - presented by Sarah Starr, Melissa Parkin and Anne Rosten

  • Infant Feeding Issues: General assessment and Intervention and the big ‘R’ Reflux - Dr Julie Cichero

  • The SOS Approach to Feeding. Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders. Basic Workshop

  • The SOS Approach to Feeding. Parents as partners - Working with Parents to Maximise Engagement; Feeding the Child on the Autism Spectrum, and The ‘Food Scientist’ Approach

  • It Takes Two to Talk® - The Hanen Program®

  • Achieved mastery in the “Basic course of DIR®/ FloortimeTM”

  • Interactive Metronome Certification Course & Best Practices Course

 

Sarah is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia

Jessica Darcy
Speech Pathologist

Jessica joined the GCFC in 2015. Biography to be added

Peta Walzak
Speech Pathologist

Peta graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from the University of Sydney in 2003. Peta completed a research Masters degree at the University of Sydney in 2009.

 

She has worked in private practice, preschools, primary schools and TAFE. She has experience with children and adults in the following areas: language, speech, fluency, voice, Autism Spectrum Disorder and rehabilitation after acquired brain injury.
 
Peta has implemented group programs in preschools focusing on collaboration with teachers and therapy through play. In addition, Peta has used alternative and augmentative communication in preschool and home environments. Language and articulation programs have also been implemented in primary schools with small groups. She has worked in an early intervention team working with carers, teachers and other health professionals with children who have a developmental delay.

 

Peta is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is committed to ongoing professional development and has completed the following training:
 

  • Certificate IV Breastfeeding Education (Breastfeeding Counsellor) (Australian Breastfeeding Association)

  • Social Thinking – presented by Michelle Garcia Winner

  • LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning)

  • Social Skills (TalkAbout) – presented by Alex Kelly

  • Paediatric Feeding Education Program - presented by Sarah Starr
     

Abby Patis
Speech Pathologist

Abby graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2017.

 

Previously worked in a non-for profit early intervention organisation prior to the Gabrielle Centre for Children. In this time Abby worked in a multidisciplinary team working with teachers, early childhood educators and older health professionals.

 

Abby has experience with children in the following areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder,

  • Downs Syndrome,

  • Cerebral Palsy,

  • speech; and

  • language and fluency. 

 

Abby has an interest area in alternative and augmentative communication and is very interested in continuing to expand her skillset while committing to a continued ongoing professional development.

 

Abby has completed the following training: 

 

  • Complex Communications Workshop by Christine Porter 

  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency by David Fitzsimons 

  • Children with Complex Speech Sound Disorders Workshop by Professor Rebecca McCauley