Christine has been working as a speech pathologist with children with disabilities since 1991 and has a special interest in complex communication needs and assistive technology. She has worked in Western Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Central Western NSW with children and young adults with speech, language and/or learning difficulties and with students with complex needs. Aside from a busy clinical load, Christine has consulted extensively with local schools to provide education about speech and language impairment and whole class/whole school resources and strategies within the context of funded projects. She presented a whole day workshop for speech pathologists in 2018 on supporting children with complex communication needs using low and high tech augmentative and alternative communication.
Christine was part of the team researching the use of a personalised story application to increase social interaction for students with severe expressive communication disability in 2012 to 2015, a project that was joint funded by EnhanceABILITY and NSW Department of Education’s Special Schools as Centres of Expertise. Christine presented at the Spectronics, AGOSCI and SEPLA conferences about this research. In 2016 Christine was part of the eCOST (Effective Communication Strategies Resource) Team to assist teachers to facilitate the communicative participation in the classroom for children with speech, language and social communication difficulties in primary schools in Bathurst area. Christine completed a project at a local high school to increase curriculum access and engagement for students with poor literacy outcomes in 2017 and 2018. She has consulted at Carenne School for Special Purposes to assist with the implementation of the whole school communication system in 2018 and 2019.
Christine is passionate about the right of every individual to be able to tell his or her story and to be able to communicate with others for social closeness, friendship and fun. Christine also prides herself on knowing more about technology than her children.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and has experience working in government and non-government sectors including early intervention and special education settings, and community services in both clinical and managerial roles providing support to children and their families.
Alison has extensive experience with working with school-aged children with speech and language difficulties. She joined the EnhanceABILITY team in 2019.