Melissa (or Mel) is the one of the enthusiastic Speech and Language Pathologists at the Leaps and Bounds East Maitland Clinic and is also our Clinical Director! We are so happy to have her as a part of our wonderful team. She absolutely loves working with children of all ages and adults too! Melissa has previously enjoyed working in a private practice setting; providing therapy to children in their homes, schools and day-care centres. She also has experience visiting nursing homes where she performs swallowing and communication assessments and conducts therapy with adults.
Melissa has a wide range of interests, in particular, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech disorders including dyspraxia, fluency and adults with speech, communication, fluency and swallowing difficulties. Mel is excellent at organising and creating individualised AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) systems of various levels for her clients.
Melissa strives to continue her professional development in all areas of Speech Pathology. She has completed training in Key Word Signing and attended conferences relating to dysphagia, literacy and dyspraxia. Melissa is a Hanen-Certified Speech Pathologist who is able to train parents of young children with language delay ("It Takes Two to Talk"). She really loves using this knowledge with her families. She is also trained in PROMPT (a system which gives input to the muscles of speech by touch and pressure) and loves to use this expertise also.
Melissa is extremely dedicated in ensuring intervention with her clients is family centred. She enjoys building rapport with her clients and their families to ensure optimal success as well as guaranteeing therapy is as fun as can be! Melissa is a warm and caring clinician whose clients love spending time with her in therapy.
After loving her gorgeous Golden Retriever Jessie for 12 and a half years, Mel now has another Golden named Jasmine. Jasmine loves going for walks and loves to be chased while she has her favourite toy in her mouth! She also loves playing with her two adorable sisters, Lily and Daisy.
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