Team Leader/ Occupational Therapist
I joined the TalkLink team at Wellington in January 2009. Prior to this, I studied sports and therapeutic massage, and sport and recreation in Hawkes Bay. Ultimately deciding to study Occupational Therapy, I subsequently graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2008
As the senior Occupational Therapist on the TalkLink Lower North Island team, I am involved in assessing the functional abilities of clients in regard to supporting their independent access to both written and spoken communication technology. I provide support to staff with my Occupational therapy expertise.
Team Leader/ Speech Language Therapist (Parental leave)
I am a Speech and Language Therapist who initially joined the TalkLink Lower North Island team in 2012 after a clinical placement at TalkLink that sparked my interest in AAC. I went on my OE to London in 2014 where I worked for the NHS in a range of paediatric settings including AAC.
When I returned to New Zealand in 2016 I was very excited to re-join the TalkLink team and to work in the area I am most passionate about.
I strongly believe that just because someone can’t talk, doesn’t mean they have nothing to say. My favourite part of my job is problem solving with clients and their teams to find the best tool to enable the client to communicate.
I am an AAC activist and I am dedicated and motivated to educate the community about AAC.
Speech Language Therapist
I completed my initial speech-language therapy training in 2013 at the University of Canterbury. Following this, I began to work for the Ministry of Education where I mainly supported students with complex communication needs. During this time, I also gained experience working with adults in hospital and community settings. My experience in these settings piqued my interest in AAC, which lead to further study. In 2018, I completed my Masters degree in Speech Language Therapy, which focused on the experiences of educators who support students using AAC.
I joined the TalkLink team in late 2018 and I am excited to be working in such an interesting, ever-changing field. I am passionate about supporting all individuals to access their voice, to enhance independence and participation in everyday activities. I look forward to working with our clients and their teams to identify the best tools for functional communication.
Office Administrator and Equipment Support
Following my career as a social worker involving the support of children, youth and families I joined TalkLink in 2012. My role includes reception, the management of the client referral process and providing general administrative functions for the office and for all team members.
Speech Language Therapist
I have worked in a range of settings with both children and adults with communication delays, communication disorders and complex needs. This has included working in healthcare settings/hospitals and with the Ministry of Education, with preschool and school aged children. I have experienced a range of communication and learning needs and worked with a number of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. I am from Wellington and graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Education. I also studied at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy (Hons).
I joined the TalkLink team in September 2015 on a part time basis and have enjoyed the challenge of working and completing further study. I graduated with my Bachelors of Occupational Therapy in 2014, then went on to complete my Honours degree in 2015. Since graduating, I have worked in older adults’ rehabilitation in acute hospital settings before joining TalkLink.
My role in TalkLink mainly involves providing support to clients in the processes of equipment assessment, trials, training, and client support. I work with individuals who have difficulties accessing technology and controlling their environment, such as computers, phones, TV’s, and gaming consoles. Utilising technology in Occupational Therapy is a particular interest of mine, and I value the role that technology can play in helping people to be independent with their daily activities.
As well as working at TalkLink, I am also currently completing a Masters’ research project as part of a team where we are developing a robotic exoskeleton glove for upper limb stroke rehabilitation.
I create low tech communication books and resources. My background and training is in graphic design.
Speech Language Therapist
I completed my Masters of Speech and Language Therapy at Canterbury University, following which I worked in the health care sector in hospital and community settings with adults with neurological conditions. Prior to this, I worked in a variety of settings and roles with adults and children who required communication support. In the UK I worked as a Special Needs Teacher with young adults in a residential college. This gave me insight into the importance of a fun, holistic and inclusive plan for achieving communication goals. I enjoy working with clients and their wider support group to identify the best tools to support communication and to empower them to achieve communicative independence.