Meet our therapists
Alice Slaven, Speech Therapist
Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science, Macquarie University (2014)
Master of Speech and Language Pathology, Macquarie University (2016)
I have been working in speech therapy since completing my master’s degree in 2016 and am passionate about maximising the quality of life for children with disabilities.
I love working with families and other therapists as part of a team. I work closely with positive behaviour support clinicians and occupational therapists to complete and put into practice, positive behaviour support plans.
I am skilled at using both low and high tech assisted augmented communications (AAC) technology to support children to communicate. I also love working closely with children and families on managing mealtimes.
Bachelor of Applied Science – Speech Pathology, the University of Sydney (1998)
I have been working as a speech therapist for 20 years. I decided to specialise in working with children when I spent a year working in London schools, focussing on developing children’s communication skills within the school environment.
After a number of years in private practice, I was asked to work for SDN in 2015 as they began to transition into the NDIS.
I am passionate about allowing each child to develop to their full capacity. It is important to look at the child’s environment to determine possible barriers to a child developing their full potential, and problem solve with all people involved to reduce the impact of these barriers.
I am also passionate about building each parent’s capacity – to see how important their role is in their own child’s life and how it is possible to make small changes in their lives to achieve big changes in their child.
Training and professional development
- Key Word Sign presenter
- Trained Hanen presenter (It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, Talkability, Learning Language and Loving It).
- PROMPT and Traffic Jam in my Brain training
- Routines Based Therapy,
- Motivational Interviewing,
- Zones of Regulation, and
- Building Resilience.
Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational therapy, Western Sydney University (2016)
I speak English and Romanian.
Throughout university, I worked in early childhood education and various crèche’s. I was also a volunteer carer with Muscular Dystrophy NSW (MDNSW) respite camps and kids programs. This involved working in a team to care for children living with Muscular Dystrophy conditions and helping them engage in different camp and leisure activities.
Most of my experience has been working as a part of a transdisciplinary team providing a range of therapeutic occupational therapy strategies to assist the development of children and support families in their daily lives and routines. I work with children and families in a variety of settings including the home, the clinic and the school environment.
I’m passionate about helping families and their children reach their full potential and enhance the quality of their family life. I am particularly passionate about helping children with sensory processing challenges, developing children’s fine motor skills and gross motor skills. I’m constantly about learning more about the transfer, mobility and assistive technology and equipment to support families to participate in daily life activities to help improve quality of life.
Training, skills and experience
- I have skills and experience in sensory processing disorders and developmental delays – previously worked in a Sensory Gym
- I also have some experience with equipment prescription and working with powered wheelchairs.
- I am very experienced in the use of transfer and mobility equipment including hoists, slings, commodes and wheelchairs.
- Trained in Zones of Regulation, and attended various workshops around ASD including:
- Developing a child’s emotional regulation skills
- Connecting Kids with ASD: How to enter the child with autism’s world and invite them into your world
- The zones of Regulation
B.App.Sc. Occupational Therapy completed in 2007 at The University of Sydney
Since graduating from the University of Sydney I have worked with infants, children, adolescents and adults in a range of settings. I have experience in working with children who have fine and gross motor coordination difficulties, handwriting difficulties, Learning Difficulties, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Chromosomal Deletions and many other diagnoses.
I am passionate about working with children and their families to meet their individual needs and goals. Growing up and living in rural areas around NSW has also fostered my beliefs that where you live should not be a barrier to accessing high quality, evidence-based health care and this is exactly what I aim to provide. Outside of work, you can find me baking, spending time outdoors and keeping active with my family or planning our next adventure.
Master of Speech and Language Pathology, Macquarie University (2014)
I speak English and Basic Cantonese.
I have worked with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome and Intellectual Disability in private practice, disability, day centre, school, and childcare settings. I am Hanen Trained in the ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Program, utilised both low-tech Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) approaches as well as high-tech AAC approaches including proloquo2go in intervention, attended the LAMP training course and am familiar with developing Speech Pathology goals that are aligned with the NSW school curriculum and syllabus. . I am a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
I am passionate about how the ability to communicate through other modes of communication and/or verbally helps to significantly increase one’s quality of life. I provide a personalised and family-centred approach to intervention and know that collaborating with families and support networks will help produce the best possible outcome for children. I am currently learning more about the best way to use AAC approaches to enhance clients’ communication skills.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Hons. Class I., University of Sydney
I worked as an Early Childhood Educator in South West Sydney for 8 years, completing my Honours research with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre
I’ve also worked as a Research Assistant for a speech pathology project of Charles Sturt University. I am certified to deliver Hanen's More Than Words workshops for parents of children with ASD and have also completed SleepAbility training, promoting positive sleep practices in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. I am also trained to deliver Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapy.
I am passionate about supporting children to engage with the people around them and express themselves freely through verbal speech or the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I love empowering parents, educators and teachers to play an active role in helping their child or student to achieve their developmental goals. I am most passionate about supporting vulnerable children and their families as they confront the challenges associated with having a disability or developmental delay.
Bachelor of Applied science (Speech Pathology) The University of Sydney (2013)
I speak English and Sinhalese.
I have had experience working with children with disabilities since 2013 in the home, school and clinic-based settings. I am Hanen certified for It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words. I am particularly experienced with the implementation of Augmented Communication supports for children. I am a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia.
My passion is for supporting families and children to achieve their goals through a collaborative and holistic approach. I particularly enjoy working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), the University of Sydney
I speak English and Tagalog.
I have been trained in Hanen and also have had specific training to assist children with sleep (Sleep Ability).
I’m passionate about helping children to grow and become independent in a fun and motivating way. I also want children and their families to feel proud of their achievements. I believe that often children are capable of doing more than we think they can.
Bachelor of Applied science (Speech Pathology) The University of Sydney (1994)
Working in the disability sector since 2005, I have extensive experience working with children and families in schools, preschools and homes. I am trained in Hanen (it takes two to talk and More than Words) and also in communication systems.
I am passionate about supporting families to develop their children’s skills during daily routines and interactions.
Bachelor of Applied science (Speech Pathology) The University of Sydney (2013)
I speak English and Cantonese.
I am passionate about making a difference for both clients and their families. A small change might not mean much to us but for them, it’s a gigantic step towards reaching independence in life.
It is this mindset that has driven my work since I graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Speech pathology) in 2013.
Throughout my career, I have worked with a mixed caseload of clients (mostly children) with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, William’s Syndrome and Autism.
I have experience in providing language, literacy, speech and fluency goals and with high and low tech AAC devices.
I love to work collaboratively with families, carers, teachers and other health professionals in a range of settings (e.g. preschools, schools, nursing homes and homes).
The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Speech Pathology)
I speak English and Mandarin.
I am most passionate about building strong trusting relationships with families by actively listening and understanding the role I play in their lives.
I believe in making therapy fun and engaging for children, and making sure that children enjoy the time they have in therapy. I’m passionate about making a positive impact on families’ lives and advocating for speech and language therapy, as every child has the basic right to communication.
My experience in both Sydney and in rural settings such as Broken Hill has allowed me to work alongside children and families who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
I have helped support children with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and children with a range of speech, language and social skills difficulties, and those who need support for functional communication, such as expressing their wants and needs.
I have also applied highly effective stuttering programs, such as the Lidcombe Program with children with fluency problems. I use the best available evidence to apply to my practice and continue my professional learning independently and also through supports available on Speech Pathology Australia.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Otago Polytechnic
Throughout my career I have specialised in working with children, first in children’s education and care, specialising in children with intellectual disabilities, before re-training as an occupational therapist.
I enjoy having new experiences and thinking outside of the box and include creative thinking, being adventurous and problem-solving into my everyday work. Before studying occupational therapy, I studied fine arts and I love engaging children within creative therapy sessions. I also have a professional interest in sensory integration theory.
In my spare time, I volunteer with an art gallery for intellectually disabled adults and suicide prevention trust.