An introduction.

I would love to take a moment to introduce myself.

I live in Queensland, Australia and at the moment the Jacaranda trees are blooming which looks amazing. For all those at university it signals the need to have started studying!!

A few points about me:
• I have four children (17, 15, 13 and 11), whom are my greatest teachers, greatest cheerleaders and greatest ‘button pushers’.
• I have been a speech pathologist for 24 years.
• I have always worked with children and their families.
• I have two dogs, 3 cats, 10 chickens and over the years we have had rats (they were terrifyingly large), mice (they were not as cuddly as my daughter had hoped), and fish. At one point we had 7 cats when the kitten we re-homed declared she was pregnant. That was a wonderful experience for us all and cat mummas are extraordinary.
• We try hard to live and work in close proximity to each other.
• I love online courses especially in relation to business and food. I have realized I love learning. Action taking not always my strong point and I am working on that.
• My family once walked 64km in 4 days when we walked the Overland track in Tasmania. This was a life changing experience and I was by far our weakest link.
• I believe that all care should be person centered and so for me that means the child and family are front and centre. Our family has been on the receiving end of extraordinary care as well as ordinary care. When it is delivered from the place of where we were at it was hands down the better and richer experience.
• I am developing Small Connections to be an online Speech Pathology portal. Where you can feel heard and receive information you need to be making decisions regarding your young child’s communication development. I see it as a triage space.
• I will not see people in a physical location, only in the online space.
• I believe groups offer wonderful learning opportunities. Someone always has the same question as you and it is nice to feel you are not alone in your thoughts and concerns.

I am offering 4 spaces for one on one work in October. If this is for you then please head to this page.

It is school holidays here in Queensland. I love school holidays. I love the relaxation of routines. My kids have been indoctrinated with the ‘we go nowhere and do nothing’ until you can get along when bored. I also think boredom for kids is critical!

If you are looking for some support in understanding your young child’s speech then I am very happy to help.

Sometimes you just want to check in with someone…

Last week, I put my ‘baby’ girl (she is 15) on a plane and she went to France for 10 months. She has dreamt of this for years, begged us to allow it to happen and been so focused and excited about it. Then the reality hit all of us.

Let me tell you planning and organising this exchange is infinitely easier than putting her on the plane and letting go.

In the days leading into her departure, woah, big feelings, big emotions and lots of physical symptoms. I found myself calling in the ‘experts’. The professionals who could support our understanding of what she was experiencing. I am ever so grateful to have these people in my Universe.

It reminded me of my intention with Small Connections. I can support families to gain understanding of early communication development and give them tools to support their young children.

I don’t need to take control and be the ‘expert’. I believe to the bottom of my heart that parents are the experts of their children.

This was called into play for me last week.

My expert knowledge of my daughter, combined with professional opinion allowed us the freedom to move forward in a positive, productive and informed way.

As such, I am opening up 10 sessions in September to work with families one on one. Where you can share your thoughts and concerns and we can ‘mash them up’ with my professional expertise around early communication development.

All the sessions will be online. My goal is to increase your understanding of what you are seeing in your child in your day to day.
To allow you the freedom I experienced as I called in the professional expertise to be able to plan and move forward.

I won’t be working with your child but I will be working with you.

You are without a doubt the best person to do the work. I can help you understand what your child is doing and how you can make some changes that will support their talking.

If you want someone to help you:
• Understand your child’s communication development;
• Give you some tools and strategies to implement so you can take action as soon as we finish;
• Support you to create a plan for the next step.

Then I encourage you to have a look. 

I know that parents are the key and essential ingredients to growing strong kids.
I also believe that all care should be parent and child focused.

Your concerns will be my drivers for supporting your understanding.

You can book the session here.