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About

At Speak Volumes Speech Pathology we are passionate about improving the lives of children and adults with communication and feeding difficulties. We are located in Banora Point, NSW. We also provide mobile services to homes, schools, preschools and aged care facilities across the Northern NSW and Gold Coast, QLD regions.

Our provision of comprehensive services across Northern NSW and the Gold Coast means that access to services for those in rural areas is improved and clients are able to choose a comfortable therapy environment where generalisation of new skills can be appropriately promoted. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide comprehensive and quality services to those living in rural areas who may otherwise have difficulty accessing speech pathology services for themselves or their loved ones. With this in mind, we also provide telehealth services for clients who have difficulty accessing services in person.

We provide family and person-centred services for all clients. This means supporting client and family choices, and the relationships which are important to the clients’ well-being, such as families, teachers, and other health professionals. Our services are flexible, individualised, and responsive to the needs of the client and their families – giving parents, carers, and individuals more control during the assessment and intervention process, while promoting independence.

Amber Allen (B. Sp. Path, CPSP, MSPA) – Director and Principal Speech Pathologist

Amber Allen is the founder of Speak Volumes Speech Pathology and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia. She is dedicated to professional development and participates in the Speech Pathology Australia Professional Self-Regulation Program. She believes that providing evidence based assessment and intervention methods are paramount to optimising client outcomes, and participates in regular workshops and conferences to ensure professional knowledge is up to date with the latest research.

Amber has experience working with children and adults with a broad range of communication needs, including children with speech and language difficulties such as articulation disorders, language delays, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, adults with cognitive communication difficulties, speech and language difficulties of a neurogenic nature (such as those with dementia or stroke related deficits), non-verbal children and adults requiring Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), stuttering therapy for both children and adults, social skill development for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and literacy development for children with reading difficulties. Amber also has a special interest in the area of paediatric feeding, and currently works together with a multidisciplinary team to provide holistic assessment and intervention for children with feeding difficulties.

Amber has completed postgraduate training in Audiometry, the Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ and ‘More Than Words’ programs (for children with language delays), Key Word Sign and the SOS approach to feeding (targeting problematic feeding behaviours in children). She also has experience implementing a number of evidence based programs including PECS (a non-verbal form of communication aimed at improving speech acquisition), the Lidcombe program (an evidence based program for children who stutter) and the Camperdown program (an evidence based program for adults who stutter).

Amber is a passionate and dedicated speech pathologist, who builds strong relationships with individuals and their families to help clients reach their full communication potential. With every spare moment she has, she spends time playing with her two young daughters and watching the wonders of childhood development unfold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherridan Daly (B. Sp. Path, MSPA) – Speech Pathologist

Sherridan joined the Speak Volumes Speech Pathology team in 2016, and has a keen interest in working with both children and adults towards maximising their communication and swallowing skills to their peak potential.

 

With a vibrant and fun loving personality, Sherridan instantly builds relationships and rapport with the families she works with. Sherridan believes in discovering what motivates a child and then using this during therapy to make learning fun and enjoyable. She is an enthusiastic member of the Speak Volumes team, and is committed to continuous professional development – ensuring all clients are receiving the most up to date, evidence based intervention available.

 

Shannon Thomas – Accounts and Practice Manager

Shannon is the friendly, cheerful personality at the end of the phone with whom you wil make contact with initially when contacting Speak Volumes. She strives towards providing an exceptional level of customer care for our clients and their families, and support for our therapists, on a daily basis.

Her role includes: Processing Hicaps, Medicare, Fahcsia and NDIS payments, answering all phone enquiries, Diary Management, Scheduling of Appointments, recruitment, accounts receivable/payable, marketing, advertising, and ensuring all administrative tasks are completed to help the therapists provide the best care they can to their families.

At Speak Volumes Speech Pathology we value the importance of Professional Development and community education. Shannon also works closely with Amber Allen (Director) to organise workshops and events where expert speakers present on various aspects of speech, language, and feeding development.

Having two daughters herself, she understands the importance of celebrating a child’s progress and accomplishments. Combined with a background in accounts and finance management, and strong organisational skills, Shannon is a key member of the Speak Volumes team. She has a genuine interest in making the clinic a comfortable environment for families, and the therapy process as smooth as possible for all clients, often going above and beyond to ensure your experience with Speak Volumes Speech Pathology is positive and well supported.

 

 

  1. Our therapy is both enjoyable and engaging – while at the same time achieving effective outcomes for clients and their families.
  2. We provide family centred services for children, and person-centred services for adults, to encourage a holistic approach to therapy and promote independence.
  3. We provide a long term continuum of care – we are able to provide services from infancy to adulthood – so clients will always see the same faces and attend sessions with therapists who know them best.
  4. We understand that the costs of therapy are a long term investment for the future of our clients communication abilities, and that is why we offer a range of rebate options for Medicare, DVA and private health insurance clients. We also bulk bill (if eligible) and process private health insurance and medicare rebates on the spot – so you only pay the gap (if any)!
  5. We also understand the busy demands of life, which is why we provide both in-clinic services and mobile services in the home, preschool, school and aged care settings with a range of operating hours, including Saturday appointments.

The role of the Speech Pathologist is to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Some examples of the areas that we target include:

  • Speech disorders – these occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently or has problems with the sound of his or her voice or resonance.
  • Language disorders – these may be spoken or written and include receptive language (difficulty understanding others), or expressive language (sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings). Language disorders may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
  • Literacy – this includes reading and written expression. Assessment and/or intervention may target phonological awareness (understanding and manipulating parts of words), auditory processing (how the brain processes auditory input), auditory discrimination (the ability to differentiate between spoken sounds), or use of language.
  • Social communication disorders – these present as difficulties with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication, and may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. Social communication difficulties are found in all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and also with other conditions such as traumatic brain injury.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders – these include organising thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders are often the result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they may also be present from birth.
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders – In children these may be related to prematurity, craniofacial anomalies, reflux, transitioning to solids (including tube ‘weaning’), transitioning to cup drinking, tongue tie, ‘fussy eating’, sensory processing difficulties and developmental disabilities. There are many more reasons why a child may be having feeding difficulties, and it is important that they take part in a thorough multidisciplinary assessment to determine the cause of the feeding issue.
    In adults, dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.
  • Effective communication – speech pathologists may also work with people who do not have a speech, language or swallowing disorder, however they would like to learn how to communicate more effectively. This may include accent modification or other areas of enhanced communication.