S.P.E.E.C.H. Pty Ltd is a private speech pathology practice started by Anne Walker and Karyn Johns. Both Karyn and Anne had worked for a number of years for education, health and other private agencies before establishing their unique partnership in 2008.
All therapists working with S.P.E.E.C.H. Pty Ltd are members of Speech Pathology Australia.
After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1998, I moved to the Gold Coast to begin my career in speech pathology. It was in my first job with Education Queensland that I met Karyn and we remained friends and colleagues while I worked across education, health and private practice settings on the Gold Coast and in Northern New South Wales. In 2007, we founded S.P.E.E.C.H. Pty Ltd feeling motivated to create a family friendly service that could also provide education, training, and therapy services to the whole community as well as raising the profile of our profession.
I enjoy connecting and interacting with children and have a special interest in working with children who have severe speech disorders, developmental delays and disabilities. There is nothing more exciting than seeing children say their first words and being able to join them on the journey to becoming verbal communicators. I have been a PROMPT Instructor since 2005 which has also allowed me to meet and train speech pathologists across the country as well as throughout Australasia.
I love spending time with family. My two children teach me new things everyday about development and communication. I’m an avid reader, a regular at Pilates and a play shooter in the local social netball scene.
Company Director / Speech Language Pathologist
After graduating in Perth in 1989 I set off for a rural and remote job in outback South Australia. Following this I worked in ACT before landing on the Gold Coast in 1998, working with state and private schools. I co-founded SPEECH Pty Ltd with Anne Walker in 2007. Together we have created a successful and exciting business which has extended our skills, knowledge and given us the opportunity to offer family friendly and accessible services for the community. I am passionate about sharing information and strategies with families, teachers and early childhood professionals that support language, literacy and social skills development.
SPEECH has enabled me to pursue a special interest in community development and working in partnerships that build capacity in the community to deliver quality activities and services that support children and families. This led to the development of a number of successful community programs including Read and Grow, which was funded under the auspice of the Communities for Children initiative. For this work I was awarded the 2015 Elinor Wray Award by Speech Pathology Australia for outstanding community contribution to the profession.
Apart from my professional career I enjoy being active in many sports and keeping fit. I have 2 adult children and one delightful granddaughter, who reminds me everyday of the joy of play, laughter and learning.
Speech Language Pathologist
After graduating from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2002 I have worked with children and their families in both Regional Victoria and on the Gold Coast in Non-Profit organisations, public and private educational settings. I have been part of the SPEECH Pty Ltd team since 2008 and I enjoy the continuity and partnerships that can be formed between children, families, therapists and schools. I love to see children reach their full potential in the educational setting and working collaboratively with parents and teachers to ensure the best outcomes for students.
I have an interest in, and have developed skills in working with children with speech, language, social skills and/or literacy difficulties as well as those diagnosed with specific disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder and Intellectual/Learning Difficulties. I enjoy working with both individual clients and with school-based groups.
In my spare time you will find me exploring local Gold Coast cafes and parks with my family or pirouetting my way through a dance class.
Speech Language Pathologist
Growing up in Perth, I completed a Bachelor of Psychology in 2005 before moving to the Gold Coast. A desire to help children with developmental disabilities lead me to work as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in early intervention. In 2012 I continued my studies with a Masters of Speech Pathology at Griffith University and proudly joined the team at S.P.E.E.C.H. in 2014. I have valued being able to use my knowledge of behavioural therapy to help children with developmental delays become effective learners and communicators.
I have developed an interest and skills in working with school age children with language and literacy difficulties and Dyslexia. I have completed training in Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) based on the Orton Gillingham MSL approach to teaching reading. I have also been involved in delivering Read and Grow workshops in the community, as well as facilitating Read, Say and Play group therapy program for developing communication skills prep-ready children.
In my spare time you will find me on road trips with my young family, spending time with friends and keeping fit at Pilates. I have a passion for children’s books and literature and have dreams of one day writing a children’s book of my own!
Speech Language Pathologist
I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist who joined the SPEECH team in 2020 after completing a Masters of Speech Pathology at Griffith University. I love working with children to provide early intervention for speech delays and language difficulties as well as collaborating with parents and teachers to promote literacy development. With my multicultural & multilingual background, I am most passionate about the promotion and development of all languages in a child’s life. I am also keen on helping children with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and general Learning Difficulties realise their full potential both at school and at home. If I had to choose the most amazing thing about my job, it would be the positive and long-lasting difference we can make to the lives of children and their families.
Outside of my professional life, you can find me lifting weights in the gym or cooking in the kitchen. I enjoy keeping active and healthy and spending time with friends and family- especially my little nephews!
Speech Language Pathologist
I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist who joined the S.P.E.E.C.H team in 2021. I am passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families to reach family-centred speech pathology goals.
My previous experience has equipped me with a variety of clinical skills, including skills in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, early language development, early infant feeding, phonological and articulation disorders, and literacy. I enjoy working with children of all ages, who present with all levels of communication skills. When working with children I employ a strengths-based approach, and enjoy tailoring therapy to suit each individual child’s learning style.
In addition to my Bachelor of Speech Pathology, I have completed additional training in:
– PROMPT (Introduction level)
– Alternative and Augmentative Communication (Low and High Technology)
– Early infant feeding
– Key Word Sign
On the weekends, you’ll find me at the beach with my spoodle, Sully, or at the gym attempting to learn Muay Thai.
Speech Language Pathologist
I graduated from Southern Cross University in 2020 and was fortunate enough to secure my first “speechie” job at S.P.E.E.C.H. after spending time working in admin at the Coomera office and as an assistant in the Talk and Play groups in the final few months of my course.
My clinical experience has consisted of working in a range of settings such as regional primary schools and rural and remote private practice in outback Bourke. These placements solidified my passion for working with children and making a positive impact on the lives of both my clients and their families through the delivery of person-centred care. I also gained valuable knowledge of the NDIS and the ways in which it is supporting young ones to access services such as speech pathology.
In my free time I love to exercise and am one of those annoying early morning people hitting the gym before work. I also love adventure which is evident through having already lived in three states and a territory over the last 15 years, exploring our beautiful big backyard.
“I am really looking forward to meeting more of the wonderful families at S.P.E.E.C.H.”
Amy Reilly is a recent addition to the administration team at SPEECH Pty Ltd. She comes from a background in the Allied Health services having worked in dental, physiotherapy and now speech therapy practices.
Having recently completed her undergraduate studies in psychology, Amy is strongly passionate about the care and service of others. After she completes an internship in general psychology she intends to specialise in paediatric trauma.
When Amy isn’t working, she enjoys reading, learning new skills, jigsaw puzzles and spending time quality time with her giant fur baby. She looks forward to meeting you in clinic and helping with your enquiries.
Marketing and Administration
I am part of our administration team and joined SPEECH Pty Ltd in 2019. I have a Marketing and Advertising background and have worked in Community Services for the past 7 years.
As a mother of two children and through my work I have seen firsthand the importance of early intervention and the benefit for children and their families.
“A child’s ability to communicate, to share ideas, their feelings and needs, has such a profound impact on all aspects of their life. It’s very satisfying to know, no matter which area of the clinic you work in, the work we do can make a lifelong difference in a child’s life.”
Alicia Van Laarhoven
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Southern Cross University and am dedicated to becoming a caring, skilled, and fun Speech Pathologist. I enjoy playing cooperative games, which I believe helps with social skills. The best way to describe me is gentle when interacting with children, which I hope makes them feel instantly comfortable and safe, but also knowing when they need a more loving push to help them achieve more.
I am committed to spending time getting to know all our SPEECH families and am ready to assist whenever you need it. I have a passion for sport, especially soccer having played since early adolescence. Something unique about me is that I have two different coloured eyes.