Speech Pathologist, Director
Christine 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 since 1991. Aside from a busy clinical load, Christine has consulted extensively with local schools to provide education about speech and language impairment, whole class/whole school resources and strategies for curriculum access and engagement as part of funded projects with the NSW Department of Education. 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 local schools.
Christine has presented at the Spectronics, AGOSCI and SEPLA conferences and is heading to Hobart to present on working with support teams for children with a severe communication impairment in 2022. She has presented workshops about supporting people with complex communication needs to speech pathologists and teachers. Christine also provides supervision to speech pathologists who specialise in assistive technology prescription.
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.
Occupational Therapist, Director
Catherine has over 25 years’ experience working as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of roles with children and adults. Over the past 15 years Catherine has worked in both clinical and managerial roles providing support to children and their families. She has worked in government and non-government sectors including early intervention, special education settings, and child wellbeing and protection. Catherine is passionate about working with children and their families to assist them in achieving the best possible life outcomes. Catherine has extensive experience working with children with autism, physical and developmental disability. Her special interests are in sensory processing and trauma. Catherine enjoys working within a person/family centred framework in home, school and in community settings, helping and supporting children do what they want to do, need to do or are expected to do in their daily lives.
Catherine has also provided consultancy service to schools, providing educational workshops, assessment clinics, and whole class self- regulation programs and enjoys promoting the benefits of Occupational Therapy.
Alison has extensive experience with working with school-aged children from kindergarten to Year 12 with speech and language difficulties. She joined the EnhanceABILITY team in 2018. Alison has extended her areas of expertise to working with children with social communication difficulties, trauma backgrounds and Autism Spectrum Disorder since joining the team. Alison has also been part of an advisory team supporting students with complex needs in the Catholic Education system. She has an interest in trauma informed practice and supporting students with literacy difficulties and speech sound disorders.
Elise has been on the OT scene since 2013 and started working with EnhanceABILITY at the end of 2021. Elise is passionate about empowering families, fostering curiosity and wonder in the little ones she works with and cultivating self-confidence in their abilities. Elise loves working as an Occupational Therapist because it’s such a diverse role.
When she’s not in the clinic, Elise likes bushwalking, yoga, gardening and watching things grow.
Teagan is currently studying a dual degree in health science and occupational therapy. Teagan has worked in the disability sector for over 4 years, and has a keen interest working with young adults and children. Teagan is an enthusiastic and flexible team member who is enjoying learning valuable skills in delivering both speech and occupational therapy programs.
Administration Support Officer
Chereen has an extensive background in providing excellent customer service. Chereen has also spent time volunteering within the community learning about advocacy, the NDIS and supporting people with a disability and she would like to do further study around Auslan and Key Word Sign in the future. She is the face behind the reception desk and the phone as your first point of contact with EnhanceABILITY.
Administration Support Officer
Linda manages our accounts and payroll. She quietly and efficiently keeps the wheels turning at EnhanceABILITY.