Alana is one of the fabulous and delightful Speech and Language Pathologists who work at our Leaps & Bounds Charlestown clinic and she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful working family. Alana is an energetic and vibrant clinician who has a passion for working with children of all ages and their families to achieve their goals in the areas of speech, language and literacy development. Alana absolutely loves being a Speech Pathologist and can't believe she gets to work with so many wonderful and inspiring people each and every single day!
Alana has a wealth of experience providing assessment and therapy to children in their homes, schools, preschools, day-care centres, and community health centres. She is extremely dedicated to professional development and has completed many specialised postgraduate training courses in the areas of paediatric speech and language, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as infant and child feeding. Alana is also trained in using visual strategies to improve communication, behaviour and social skills in Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and related communication challenges.
Alana is a Hanen Certified Clinician with training in the 'It Takes Two to Talk' program (which specialises in Early Childhood Language Delay), ‘More Than Words’ program (for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ‘Target Word’ program (for parents of children who are late talkers). She is also trained in the PROMPT technique (a system which gives input to the muscles of speech by touch and pressure). Alana has also completed further training in the areas of Literacy Difficulties, Stages of Play, Teaching Children to Play, Reading Acquisition and Comprehension, Basic Key Word Sign, Behaviour Management and many different courses in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also passionate about supporting her colleagues through regular mentoring opportunities.
Alana always strives to make therapy for her clients not only fun and engaging, but also tailors each of her sessions to suit each individual child and their family’s needs. Alana's clients all love to see her and she has a warm, caring and captivating rapport with every single one of them.
When she isn’t having lots of fun with her clients, Alana loves spending time with her lovely husband, Dan, their beautiful son, Jack, and their wonderful family and friends. She also loves singing and dancing and regularly performs in local musical and theatrical productions around Newcastle.
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