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About

TALK Speech Pathology began in 2000 with 4 colleagues and a vision for creating specialist children’s speech pathology services.

Specialist Professionals

TALK’s speech pathologists specialise in working with children and are actively involved in the education sector. TALK understands that speech pathology for children is integral to developing confidence with learning and socialising. TALK speech pathologists are members of Speech Pathology Australia and must update their training through completion of the Professional Self Regulation Certificate each year. The TALK team is always striving to offer the very best service, so members will do additional training in areas of relevance, for example, autism spectrum disorder and language and literacy issues.

 

Regional Services

TALK Speech Pathology is committed to helping children in regional and rural areas access the services they need. TALK currently offers services in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Murray-Mallee, Mid-North, Upper South-East and Kangaroo Island. For enquiries regarding regional support availability please contact 08 8367 6766. 

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training

Training

TALK can provide on-site (preschool or school) training and development sessions specifically tailored to meet the needs of your staff and/or parents.

On-site training is available in metropolitan and regional areas. To discuss costs and your training requirements contact reception@talkspeechpathology.com.au or call the Broadview office on 8367 6766.

On Site training

Core session topics could include:

  • Phonological Awareness and Literacy – how sounds develop.
  • Language and Literacy
  • An Introduction to Speech and Language Development – working on speech sounds.
  • Speech and Dyspraxia – what is dyspraxia?

  • Supporting Children with Speech and Language Difficulties – in the preschool and classroom settings.
  • Language Delay and Disorder/Specific Language Impairment.
  • Observing, Assessing and Planning for Children with Speech and Language Difficulties.
  • Using iPad Apps for Children with Communication Impairment.
  • Visual Strategies in the Classroom.

funding

Funding

TALK reception staff are trained to assist you with the maze of paperwork that often accompanies funding applications. Please feel free to ask them for help.

The following Australian Government funding initiatives offer support for speech pathology services.

  • NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) – funding support for  children and adults with a significant and permanent disability.
  • Helping Children with Autism Package – funding support for up to the age of 15 years.
  • Chronic Disease Management Program – children all ages with a chronic medical condition may be able to access Medicare rebates to cover allied health services that help manage their condition.

NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency)

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA):  The NDIA is a funding agency whose role is to support children and adults with a significant and permanent disability.  Participants can access speech pathology support through NDIA to achieve their individual goals. TALK Speech Pathologists are eligible providers for clients who have a care plan from the NDIA. More information about this program is available from the National Disability Insurance Agency website.
To check whether your child may be eligible for support through this program please contact your local NDIA office on 1800 800 110.

Helping Children with Autism Package

The Helping Children with Autism Package assists children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) such as Rett’s Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome or childhood disintegrative disorder.

It includes the following components:

  • Medicare rebates for a paediatrician or psychiatrist to diagnose and develop a treatment and management plan for a child under 13 years.
  • Medicare rebates for eligible children to access up to 20 subsidised sessions from eligible audiologists, occupational therapists, optometrists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, psychologists and speech pathologists, after referral from a paediatrician or psychiatrist.

See the Department of Health and Ageing website and contact TALK for more information.

Chronic Disease Management Program

For children diagnosed with a chronic condition by their GP, for example, dyspraxia, severe speech language and/or literacy difficulties.

Formerly known as Enhanced Primary Health Care Plan, this plan requires a referral from the child’s General Practitioner and offers up to five subsidised sessions to a range of Allied Health Professionals each year.

See the Department of Human Services website for more information and call your GP to discuss. Please feel free to contact TALK with any questions.

Private Health Cover

Speech Pathology services are covered by most private health care funds. Please contact your health care provider to check your eligibility for rebates. If your child has special needs, there are some government support options available to help minimise costs. Read the Funding Available page for more information, and please feel free to contact us to discuss.

team

Team

TALK Speech Pathology is located over 3 metropolitan offices and is directed by 4 practising speech pathologists.

TALK's team of speech pathologists and administration staff are enthusiastic, professional and experienced in their work. Most importantly, our fundamental goal is to improve the lives and opportunities of children and their families.

Andrea Ferguson

Andrea Ferguson

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Marney Yeates

Marney Yeates

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Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

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Rachel Althorp

Rachel Althorp

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Lisa Mathers

Lisa Mathers

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Vanessa Thompson

Vanessa Thompson

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Megan Bennett

Megan Bennett

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Nichole Govier

Nichole Govier

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Tahlea Pearce

Tahlea Pearce

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Nicola Briggs

Nicola Briggs

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Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

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Lydia Timms

Lydia Timms

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Andrea Ferguson

Andrea Ferguson

Speech Pathologist / Director
Andrea has worked as a speech pathologist since 1989, specialising in the needs of preschool and school-aged children. Her career commenced with the South Australian Education Department providing services to metropolitan primary schools and building a solid base of experience with young children. In 1996 Andrea and Rachel Althorp established a private speech pathology practice eventually evolving into TALK Speech Pathology with the four directors working together.

Andrea works from the Lockleys and Broadview clinics and is also very involved in providing regional services (including visits to Kangaroo Island and the South East). Andrea oversees TALK’s clinical services with a direction and enthusiasm that brings a smile to the faces of clients and staff alike.

When not at work Andrea devotes herself to family life with her three teenagers. She is also passionate about sport, following AFL, cycling and basketball and regularly attends a gym.

Marney Yeates

Marney Yeates

Speech Pathologist / Director

Marney graduated from Flinders University in 1991 and commenced working with children immediately. During the fifteen years spent working as a speech pathologist for the Department of Education and Children’s Services in Adelaide, she developed a wealth of experience in working in preschool and primary school settings.

Joining TALK in 1997, Marney combines clinic hours with managing TALK’s learning resources. She loves to create fun and motivating therapy games for children to enjoy and particularly enjoys literacy work with those who struggle to take off in the junior primary years. Marney now combines working in private schools and clinic locations and appreciates the importance of parent and teacher liaison when setting goals for children.

Marney visits private sector school sites. When not practising speech pathology she is kept on her toes by her two gorgeous boys.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

Speech Pathologist / Director
Sarah has been practising paediatric speech pathology since graduating in 1998. She has worked in all areas of speech, language and literacy and has undertaken research into dyspraxia while employed with South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services.

Sarah conducts private school visits in Adelaide’s south-western suburbs, together with overseeing TALK’s accounting portfolio. Her enthusiasm for research and discovery is matched by a passion for helping children and their families.

Rachel Althorp

Rachel Althorp

Speech Pathologist / Director
Rachel has been practicing paediatric speech pathology since 1990, working for the Education Department (still) and beginning private practice in 1996 with Andrea Ferguson. Rachel is always exuberant and has a special way of getting the most out of the children with whom she works.

Rachel and her family moved to the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in 2005. Since then Rachel has provided speech pathology services through TALK to children from Yankalilla to Goolwa at local schools and kindergartens. Rachel is also an approved diagnostician for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Rachel has gorgeous twin tween boys who keep her smiling and fit. She currently works for TALK on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Lisa Mathers

Lisa Mathers

Lisa has been a Speech Pathologist since 2004 and has experience in a range of areas including speech and language delays and disorders, literacy, stuttering and Autism. She was born in England but has been living in Adelaide since 2008. Lisa is Lidcombe trained and enjoys working with children of all ages. She has a caring and compassionate approach to therapy with children and their families and works from 16 Unley Road, Unley and from the O’Halloran Hill office. Lisa enjoys being part of the speech pathology team and when not seeing clients and being a busy mum she loves spending time with her husband, children and friends.

Vanessa Thompson

Vanessa Thompson

Commencing with TALK in 2005, Vanessa brings an exuberance and positive manner to her work with children. Clients and their families enjoy her capacity to create fun and engaging therapy. Vanessa has considerable experience in the areas of: Autism, Down syndrome, augmentative communication, PECS, play therapy, speech, language and literacy. She divides her time between TALK’s O’Halloran Hill office and school visits.

Megan Bennett

Megan Bennett

Megan started with TALK in January 2014 and is currently working in the Lockleys clinic and school based settings. Megan has previous experience and particular interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder, augmentative communication, speech, language and literacy. Outside of work Megan enjoys cooking, going to the beach with her dog and shopping.

Nichole Govier

Nichole Govier

Nichole joined the TALK team to provide much needed in-school service. She has experience in the area of Auditory Processing Disorder, and her continued part-time work with David May, Audiologist, from Adelaide Hearing Consultants, gives her considerable expertise in working with hearing-impaired children.

Tahlea Pearce

Tahlea Pearce

Tahlea commenced with TALK in July 2015 and will be working at the Broadview and Lockleys clinics in addition to a school setting. Tahlea has previous experience working in rehabilitation services and kindergartens. She is excited to be joining the TALK team, to make a difference in children’s lives and help them to succeed in their classroom environment. She is particularly passionate about the areas of speech, language and literacy. Her outside interests include singing, travel, enjoying food from a variety of cuisines and regular visits to the gym.

Nicola Briggs

Nicola Briggs

Nicola returned to the TALK team in 2014 after a number of years spent working as a paediatric speech pathologist in the Northern Territory and Queensland. She graduated from Flinders University in 1994 and has considerable experience working with preschool and school age clients in the areas of speech, language and literacy. She is currently based at TALK’s O’Halloran Hill Office.

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

Lauren joined the TALK team in 2014 following her relocation from the USA. Lauren obtained her Bachelors degree from Michigan State University followed by her Masters degree at The University of Vermont. Post university, Lauren completed her clinical fellowship in Seattle, Washington at a multidisciplinary practice specializing in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Lauren has a broad range of experience across a variety of ages and diagnoses. She also enjoys continuing education and researching. Lauren is currently based at TALK’s Broadview clinic, as well as consulting at primary and secondary schools in the area. When Lauren is not working she enjoys staying active and traveling with her partner.

Lydia Timms

Lydia Timms

Speech Pathologist

Doctor Lydia Timms
Lydia has relocated from Perth where she spent recent years teaching speech pathology students, working in schools to improve children’s literacy skills and completing her doctorate on literacy outcome in Indigenous Australian children with ear infection and hearing loss. She is currently employed as part of a Deakin University research team implementing aspects of the disability justice plan in SA. She thoroughly enjoys motivating children to learn and develop communication skills with a particular interest in families that are vulnerable due to cultural, socioeconomic or health circumstances.

contact

contact

Broadview Clinic

630 Regency Road, Broadview 5083
Phone: 8367 6766
Fax: 8367 6877

Lockleys Clinic

3 Rowells Rd, Lockleys 5032
Phone: 8367 6766
Fax: 8367 6877

O’Halloran Hill Clinic

83 Main South Road,
O’Halloran Hill 5158
Phone: 8367 6766

Unley Clinic

16 Unley Road
Unley 5061
Phone: 8367 6766

School Visit and Accounts Enquiries

Email Reception
Phone: 8367 6766
Fax: 8367 6877

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Broadview Clinic
630 Regency Road, Broadview, South Australia, Australia
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Lockleys Clinic
3 Rowells Road, Lockleys, South Australia, Australia
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O'Halloran Hill Clinic
83 Main South Road, O'Halloran Hill, South Australia, Australia
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Unley Clinic
16 Unley Rd, Unley, South Australia, Australia