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19 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
From Speaking Words to Writing Stories Webinar
We are excited to announce we are running an online 3 hour workshop called “From Speaking Words to Writing Stories” on Friday 1st October. Megan Ingram and Charmaine Owen will be presenting this workshop perfect for Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Developmental Educators, Allied Health Assistants and General Educators working with children and families. Megan and Charmaine are not only magically skilled and experienced clinicians they are also energetic educators, begone the tiresome lecture style presentation with these two! Be prepared for an honest, down to earth, evidence inspired and super practical professional development session. What you will discover: There are so many skills involved in getting kids to get their thoughts out of their brains and onto paper. We don’t spend enough time thinking about all of those different skills and how interconnected they are We talk about the reading rope all the time, focusing on the different components that we need to produce a really strong reader but we don’t focus enough on writing which deserves this equal kind of conversation When kids are having a writing difficulty we really need to pick apart and really look at what's going on for them Writing is a super complex skill and it takes regular more neurotypical kids years to master it yet some of the little kids that we serve they’re kind of expected to get it in the same timeframe, on top of everything else that they're working on developmentally Thinking about this transition from speaking to writing and all of the opportunities that it brings for a therapy team to work around because everyone bring skills and passion to the package Seeing writing as such a critical life skill for kids Developing a little bit more understanding as to how we can really support parents There are strategies that we use to make everybody's journey into writing just so much stronger and smoother Making this a really efficient kind of process for kids Who brings which skills to the child's learning program and how the team actually work together to get consistency Focusing on the team, where we really do bring our best work together with Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, teachers and parents The objective is for therapists to gain confidence around the complexity of writing and the components that sit in it Links: BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY (Don't miss out!) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
On the podcast today we have our lovely guest, Lillian Colley, a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), owner of Lillian Colley Speech Pathology - a mobile private practice on the Mornington Peninsula, providing home and school based services to children and their families. Lillian has worked in the public, private and school-based systems in both Australia and the UK and has a strong interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and working with children and young people who have complex disabilities. Lillian is a PODD presenter and is also trained in PROMPT therapy. In this episode we chat about: Working with families and children with really complex communication What to look for in AAC devices How to introduce a child or person to a new communication system Where Lilian does her therapy sessions What Lillian’s caseload looks like Using different strategies and sometimes even rules to help the child be understood Key takeaways and advice for clinicians wanting to start out in the AAC space What Lillian’s go-to communication systems or vocabularies are Why you should review the AAC device yearly for the child Why you just can’t use an iPad as a substitute Using social media as a tool to give you a better insight into different parent groups and community groups Links: Lillian Colley Speech Pathology Facebook See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Our lovely guest on the podcast today is Helen Dimond, a Speech Pathologist and Owner of the practice Joyful Little Voices based on the Sunshine Coast. Helen has worked in paediatrics for the last 20 years. Helen particularly enjoys therapy using AAC, has a passion for learning, teaching and supervising. In this episode we get into: Helen’s experiences as a Speech Pathologist working with children How Joyful Little Voices came about What transdisciplinary practice is Multidisciplinary versus transdisciplinary What transdisciplinary practice looks like across government funded or private services Key aspects of delivering care in a transdisciplinary way that clinicians need to know about Strategies about how clinicians can decide what sits in their bucket versus what could be shared cross their team What the benefits are of the keyworker model What the barriers or some of the challenges are in clinicians or therapists picking up this model and starting to use that kind of a model The steps or specific strategies therapists could take to try and move towards that end goal of transdisciplinary care in their practice Links: Joyful Little Voices Website Joyful Little Voices Facebook Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention Key Worker Online Course See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
On the podcast today we welcome our guest, Delia Weston. Delia is a passionate, determined, thoughtful (and as she describes herself, a little bit ‘cheeky’) physio. Delia started her life in the USA and through several happy accidents has found herself putting down roots in the Sunshine Coast in QLD where she and her business partner Jamine Gardener (OT) have recently started a private paediatric therapy clinic called More Than Able Therapy. Delia was lucky enough to grow up with her sister Amber, who had Cerebral Palsy, and from a young age she knew that she was meant to be a physiotherapist supporting children like Amber. Delia pulled on her real-life experiences growing up with a sister who had Cerebral Palsy to develop her unique therapy style and holistic approach to supporting children with complex disabilities. In this episode we chat about: Delia’s story as a therapist - what made her decide to get into physiotherapist, and what her experience has been as a paediatric therapist so far Delia’s experience growing up with her sister who had a disability What Delia thinks the value was that her sister needed and what she would have liked the world to have understood better What it was like having a lot of healthcare professionals come in and out of your house as a child What therapy looked like back when her sister was receiving therapy What could have made a difference for her family that could have helped them to be less overwhelmed in dealing with her sisters’ disability What is better about therapy services in the world that we're practicing in today How her sister’s disability has shaped Delia as the therapist that she is today What therapists can do to improve their skills so that they are better able to read and understand their clients with more complex disabilities What Delia’s approach is to treating children with complex needs What the purpose is of therapists being involved in these children’s lives What the bigger picture is that therapists need to consider when they're working with these children with a complex disability and for their families Delia’s advice to therapists on how they can give families a really positive experience based on what she knows both as a sister of a sibling with a disability and as a therapist Links: More Than Able Therapy Website More Than Able Therapy Facebook More Than Able Therapy Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Ashleigh Blake is our awesome guest on the podcast today. Ashleigh works as an Occupational Therapist across the private and public sector, with children and their families. In this episode we get into: How Ashleigh manages two part time OT roles and also the difference within those two roles What the pros and cons are to both of these roles How Ashleigh’s skill set has grown by having exposure to both private and public sector Ashleigh’s tips from working in a team vs that single profession practice How Ashleigh gets the balance right, about being on the edge where she is learning and challenging herself but not sitting back in that comfort zone How important it is to have a good mentor Practicing good time management and being really mindful of how she uses her time What her important piece of advice is when networking and connecting with other allied health professionals The benefits of really knowing what you need to know and knowing when to refer Links: Kids and Community See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
On the podcast today we chat with Jacqui Broadbridge, a Lecturer (Practice Education) in Occupational Therapy, in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Griffith University. She currently coordinates student practice education experiences across all years of the program. With over thirty years professional experience, including management roles within vocational rehabilitation & injury prevention, her teaching and research passions focus on the transformative learning experiences of practicums together with creating innovative solutions to a constantly changing industrial and stakeholder landscape. In this episode we get into: Where Jacqui’s career started What is involved in working with students and student placements at the University How those student placements have evolved especially during the pandemic The push at the moment is to do more, rural, regional and remote placements How the undergraduate training has changed over the years How Jacqui thinks workplaces can best support that contemporary student and contemporary model of OT training What Jacqui sees as the benefit to services and having students What a good placement looks like for students What students as graduates are looking for in a job Links: Griffith University Website Griffith University Facebook See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
On the podcast today we chat to the lovely Rachel Hull, a Senior Speech Pathologist at Therapy Matters, a paediatric Speech Pathology practice in West Burleigh on the Gold Coast. Therapy Matters provides in-clinic as well as offsite services to children and young people with a range of communication needs. Rachel's having a chat to us today about her pathway into Speech Pathology and some other interesting experiences and insights around changes to caseload and stepping up into senior positions. In this episode we chat about: What led Rachel into Speech Therapy Which skills from Rachel’s previous career life translated across into her role as a Senior Speech Pathologist Stepping up into a leadership role - Rachel’s hot tips for transitioning from clinician to clinical lead Rachel’s pivotal moments in her career and experiences that shaped or influenced how she operates as a clinician Other things Rachel has learned in her time at Therapy Matters Rachel’s advice, based on her experience and reflections that she gives to others dealing with those really complex social circumstances with children What “accidental counselling” is all about The changes that Rachel has seen in her caseload and the mix within her caseload over the time she has been working as a Speech Pathologist How Rachel supports her team of therapists in varying stages of their career Rachel’s advice for therapists starting on their own pathway Rachel's prediction for what we're going to see into the future in the world of Allied health and disability Links: Therapy Matters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Today on the podcast we welcome the lovely Margo O’Callaghan, Co-Director and Speech Pathologist at Peninsula Speech Plus. Margo has over 25 years experience and began her career working with communication and swallowing in adults. After moving to the Mornington Peninsula her area of practice expanded to include paediatrics. In this episode we chat about: The discovery of Orofacial Myology Where Margo did her training How working together with dentists, orthodontists and ENT’s you are able to support a client and get a much better outcome How we need to be talking to families more about sleep What they look for in a child that may present with Orofacial Myology How powerful our tongue is and the impact that that has on speech An interesting thumb-sucking story Who are Margo’s core team members Recommendations for somebody who's just starting out on this journey All the different websites and resources associated with Orofacial Myology Links: Peninsula Speech Plus Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
On the podcast today we spoke to Registered Music Therapist Monica Zidar from Music with Monica. Monica delivers powerful Music Therapy programs for children with special needs, using techniques informed by well-established neurologic research. In this episode we get into: How Monica with Music all started What Music Therapy involves What different settings you will find a Music Therapist in The difference in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Registered Music Therapy (RMT) What an average music session would involve The use of singing, instruments and games during a session Learnings from working within an allied health team What the difference is between Music Therapy and music education Where Music Therapy is heading in the future When the right time is for referring a child to Music Therapy Where to find Registered Music Therapists in your area Links: Music with Monica Website Music with Monica Facebook Music with Monica Instagram Australian Music Therapy Association See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
On the podcast today we have the fantastic Angela Kinsella, Consultant Speech Pathologist at Pearson Clinical. Angela specialises in paediatric language and literacy and the impact it has on academic achievement. Her extensive experience includes senior roles in community health, disability services and private practice. Angela has worked with children of all ages and abilities and implements Best Practice standards and the most current evidence-based research in her work. In this episode we get into: The assessment process and some of the considerations that ‘speechies’ go through when meeting a young person for the first time Unpacking a case study on a young 3 year old boy The initial process starting with the information gathering observation process before considering any standardised assessments Gathering as much information just from sitting chatting to the parent and child and observing what he’s doing and what he’s not doing. How clinicians are really good at engaging the child How the process is all about functional skills and functional communication Engaging with the parents as they have so much information to offer but making sure they don’t just tell us what we want to hear Working to get everybody on the same page As a Speech Pathologist, wanting children to thrive in different environments because this is going to set them up for life Why it is important to observe the child in different environments outside of the clinic and how they interact with other family members and friends Setting the child up to hit the ground running when they start formal school so that they don’t struggle love learning, become curious engaged learners and thrive Not needing to sit down and subject the child to all the standardised assessment in one sitting if it’s not warranted Tailoring the assessment process based on the information you have gathered Angela’s assessment hack Why it is important for speechies to communicate really well to parents about this process as well, and why each of these steps is so important Links: Pearson Clinical Assessment Angela Kinsella LinkedIn See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Our guest on the podcast today is Meaghan Peck, a Mum of three, in a wonderfully Neurodivergent household. Meaghan is a passionate neurodiversity advocate who works as a Practice Manager at Peninsula Speech Plus. Meaghan loves working with families and her team to achieve outcomes for their community. We chat about: What it is like being a mum of three brilliant autistic children How Meaghan’s kids were all diagnosed and how it all came about What Meaghan's life changing moment was with the lead up to the diagnosis How Meaghan changed as a person and advocated for her children The people in Meaghan’s life who were life changers for her and her family The basic things that can really help kids, teaching them to use their voice, advocate for themselves and be respectful, their choice on how to identify themselves What masking is Which spectacular Australian groups are reframing autism Links: Reframing Autismhttps://www.facebook.com/reframingautismhttps://www.reframingautism.org.au/ I CAN Networkhttps://www.facebook.com/theicannetworkhttps://icannetwork.online/ Kristy Forbes – Autism and ND Supporthttps://www.facebook.com/inTunePathways/www.intunepathways.com.au Hello Michelle Swanhttps://www.facebook.com/HelloMichelleSwan/https://hellomichelleswan.com/ Autism Level Up (Not Australian)https://www.facebook.com/AutismLevelUPhttps://autismlevelup.com/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Tash Lincoln & Jess Georgy
In this podcast episode we have not one but TWO fabulous clinicians from Peninsula Speech Plus. We've got Tash Lincoln, Occupational Therapist and Jess Georgy, Speech Pathologist sharing with us their experience graduating during a global pandemic. What we get into: The difficulties and benefits of finishing their fourth year in the middle of a global pandemic The benefit of practising Telehealth and becoming very adaptable The daunting feeling of not honing in on practical skills which are a really key part of occupational therapy What fields they wanted to explore Not always having the placement opportunities that they had hoped for and the missed opportunities of experiencing more varied placements throughout their university degrees due to the pandemic The confronting feeling of being faced with clients for the first time, which they have learned about in theory, or done in an assignment but have never actually practised in person The frustrations of not being able to organise their own placements The difficulty of managing your time when you start in the workforce Their advice for other new graduates looking at the marketplace for a job Links: Peninsula Speech Plus See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
On the podcast today we welcome Principal Psychologist Daniel Baldacchino from the Northern & Hawthorn Centre for Child Development. Having worked in a variety of roles over the course of his career, Daniel has had extensive experience working in complex forensic disability settings as well as in supporting the mental health of athletes through the AFL. Daniel also works closely with schools to support student wellbeing. More recently, Daniel has applied his educational and developmental knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents at NCCD. In this episode we cover: Where Daniel’s experience started Daniel’s extensive career including working with forensic disabilities in the prison system, working in the sports domain with AFL and more recently paediatrics How paediatrics has helped him create positive shifts and a point of connection relatedness with parents Daniel’s favourite resources to use in sessions Daniel’s advocacy with mental health in supporting athletes What Daniel’s ultimate therapy room would look like Daniel’s career highlights including of how being a person of influence in a positive manner leaves a lasting impression with his clients Advice Daniel would give himself if he could go back to when he was a newly registered Psychologist Links: Northern & Hawthorn Centre for Child Development See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
On the podcast today, we welcome our guest Sarah Wood, an Educational and Development Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor with extensive clinical and research experience in the area of ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis). Sarah has worked with Learning for L4Life for over 10 years, providing behavioural consulting for children, families and educators throughout the Melbourne school system and into rural Victoria. In this episode we chat about: How Sarah got into a career in Psychology The types of clients Sarah deals with What Learning For Life do How Sarah works with teachers, aides and parents to assist children in their own school environment What ABA is all about and how it can be utilised What resources Sarah likes to use and what her ideal therapy room would look like Sarah’s career progression and highlights How Sarah practises self-care Links: Social Skills Express - TBC Learning For Life Autism Centre - TBC See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
39 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Dr Georgina Cox
Today on the podcast we welcome Dr. Georgina Cox, a Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in the department of Neuro Development and Disability as well as a Senior Research fellow at Monash University in the paediatric department. Over the past 10 years, she has undertaken a variety of research and clinical roles in the area of child and adolescent mental health, in both private and public inpatient and outpatient settings and has a wealth of academic knowledge. In this episode we chat about: Dealing with challenging client sessions Celebrating and learning from the mistakes Why the whole supervision process is important in your career Learning how to not only manage the child but the parent as well Using resources during sessions Her dream for every pediatric practice to have some expertise around parental mental health How to practice self-care Who she admires clinically See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15 minutes | May 31, 2021
UPCOMING WEBINAR: Using a Coach Approach with Team and Clients
We are currently doing a lot of work with practice managers and a lot of work with clinical leaders as well and what we picked up last year was how powerful using a “coach approach” was. The “coach approach” absolutely was one of my biggest survival tools for delivering online services across last year which is why we are running our successful webinar again this year “Using a Coach Approach with Team and Clients” on Friday 25th June from 12pm-4pm (AEST). If you are wondering what you will take away from the webinar, we will look at: What coaching is and what coaching isn't The International coaching federation core coaching competencies A couple of different coaching theories The growing model and what the acronym means Coaching, counseling, consulting, training and mentoring supervision and what they are Coaching and the social model of disability Co-creating the relationship communicating effectively with listening questioning and direct communication Facilitating learning and results, creating awareness designing actions planning and goal setting Managing progress and accountability A team leadership mindset A deeper understanding of the mechanics of coaching and how you can very effectively added to your communication and therapeutic toolbox toolbox Putting powerful questioning into practice This webinar is perfect for allied health business owners, practice managers and clinicians. Links: BOOK YOUR SPOT for the webinar See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | May 21, 2021
Our wonderful guest this week is Charmaine Owen, Director of Kids & Community. With over 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist Charmaine shares with us: In this episode we cover: All about her illustrious career and how it started Her decision to take the “non-traditional” path of becoming an OT Why good mentors are important The reasons behind starting her own business Kids & Community The impact of the NDIS and how services have changed for families over the years How Kids & Community support graduates and early career professionals Links: Kids & Community See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8 minutes | May 7, 2021
Welcome to Therapy Team Talk
Welcome to the first episode of the brand new podcast for therapists, by therapists….Therapy Team Talk. Megan Ingram and I started the Therapy Team Talk program many years ago. Our program is all about professional development for therapists who are serving children and families. Every month we feature a niche topic with great speakers. Our members get access to a portal full of resources, shownotes and recordings. You can join live, ask questions and contribute. Our aim is to get Australian paediatric therapists talking together to progress clinical excellence and best lives for children, which is why we have launched this podcast. In this episode we cover: Who this podcast is for Capturing paediatric therapist’s thoughts on how things have changed or even how the allied health scene really should change Australian podcast which features a whole multi-disciplinary team approach Who our presenters will be We are looking for guests and their pediatric therapy adventure - could this be you? The current Australian pediatric therapy scene Links: https://therapyteamtalk.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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