Karen Ulyett - Speech Pathologist
We welcome Karen to the Speech Results team in early 2020. Karen has 13 years experience as a Speech Pathologist specialising in early childhood development, with a particular focus on children aged 0 – 8 years. She has experience working in a range of settings including Early Intervention, Mainstream and Special Developmental Schools, Kindergartens and Community Clinics, both in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Karen prides herself on her ability to quickly gain rapport with children and their families and to pitch activities at a level suited to the child’s needs. This creates fun and engaging therapy sessions for all involved.
Karen accepts referrals for a range of presenting problems including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (diagnosis and therapy)
- Global Developmental Delays
- Language Delays/Disorders
- Late Talkers
- Speech Sound Delays/Disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
- Pragmatics and Social Skills
She has also completed additional training in the Hanen More Than Words program and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), as well as having experience using Key Word Sign and Auslan in her therapy.
Karen is a strong believer in providing family centred therapy, meaning that parents/carers are heavily involved in the entire process, from assessment and goal setting to the hands-on intervention with their child. This enables the family to continue providing therapy between visits, maximising the outcome of the sessions.
Mariam Mangioros - Speech Pathologist
Mariam completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, graduating in 2003. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in the Professional Self-Regulation program. Mariam joined the Speech Results team in August 2015.
Mariam began her clinical experience by working in the field of Complex Communication Needs & Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with school aged children and adults. She then took this experience and diverged into Early Intervention, specialising her skills for the last 10 years at Specialist Children’s Services and at the Royal Children’s Hospital Early Intervention program, Uncle Bob’s Child Development Centre. Over this time, Mariam has collaborated with teams of professionals to work with preschool children who have a range of developmental disabilities and delays, learning difficulties and complex communication needs, including children with autism spectrum disorders, global developmental delay & language delays, Cerebral Palsy, complex and high medical needs and sensory processing difficulties. She is trained in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and the Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She also has a special interest and wealth of experience in working with children who have complex feeding difficulties, including fussy eaters and tube feeders, and has completed both the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Feeding and the SOS Approach to Feeding Workshop.
Mariam is a sensitive therapist, who naturally engages with children and provides motivating activities to support the development of their learning, language, social skills and communication through play. She strongly advocates the importance of family participation in the child’s development, both in clinic sessions and most importantly in the family home. Mariam endeavours to equip families with the knowledge, tools and strategies to progress their child’s learning of language and communication within their natural environment and daily life and also to help families be better engaged with and cued into their child’s communication strengths as well as their needs.
Erin Ward - Speech Pathologist
Erin completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Latrobe University graduating in 2003. She has gained a wealth of experience in various settings including the public hospital sector, Early Intervention and Community Health.
Erin has a strong foundation in early childhood development and has worked within a multidisciplinary team for the majority of her career. She has extensive experience working with developmental language disorders, articulation and phonology disorders, stuttering in children and global developmental delay. Erin is trained in PECS, the Paediatric Feeding Education Program, Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and the Lidcombe Program. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in the Professional Self-Regulation Program.
Erin is a warm, friendly and engaging Speech Pathologist. She enjoys getting to know each child’s unique personality and uses play, music, art & craft and games as part of therapy sessions. Erin invites parents to participate in all aspects of their child’s sessions and provides practical and functional strategies for the home setting.
Morgan Hurst - Speech Pathologist
Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Australian Catholic University. Since then, Morgan has gained experience across a diverse range of settings, including early intervention and school settings across Melbourne.
She has had experience working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), global developmental delay, speech and language impairments and hearing impairments. Morgan has also had extensive experience in implementing alternative and augmentative communication systems including PECs and speech generating devices.
Morgan is passionate about working with children and their families to support communication and language development. She contributes her valuable expertise with assessments and therapy and ensures that each session is tailored to the specific needs of a child. Morgan works with the upmost commitment to help children and families with the process of diagnosis and early intervention.
Morgan is dedicated to continuing to develop her professional skills with further training in Hanen More Than Words, Key Word Sign, PECS and Little Learners Love Literacy.
Morgan strongly believes in close collaboration with parents and families to ensure a holistic therapy model that can be used in all environments; including home and school life.
Elissa Dunn - Speech Pathologist
Elissa graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 2003 from La Trobe University. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Elissa worked for over five years in the Catholic primary and secondary school system. During this time she worked in partnership with parents and teachers to assist children with a range of communication difficulties to achieve their full potential within all settings, including the classroom.
Prior to joining our team, Elissa spent three years working in Early Intervention, with preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities, including Autism and Downs Syndrome. Elissa gained invaluable experience working in a team with other professionals and parents to ensure the best communication outcomes for children, whilst also ensuring intervention was fun and family-centred.
Elissa highly values ongoing Professional Development. She has completed training in the Lidcome Program, PECS, the Hanen training programs It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words, as well as DIR/Floortime training.
Elissa is a highly committed therapist who enjoys working with preschool and school aged children with speech and language difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders and literacy difficulties. Elissa is passionate about parent training and involvement in therapy, helping parents to focus on their child’s communication skills in everyday routines and play. Her therapy sessions are engaging, motivating and designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family.
Stephanie Rickard - Speech Pathologist
Stephanie has over 30 years' experience as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist. Her early working experience included Hospitals, Community Health services, Early Intervention and Specialist Children's Services. She worked in the United Kingdom for two years and gained invaluable experience working in a Language Unit with school aged children with severe language and learning disorders.
Stephanie established the practice in 1997. It has been located in Ivanhoe since 2006.
Stephanie is a dedicated Speech Language Therapist who enjoys working with families in the long-term. She works with a wide range of children with communication, speech and language difficulties. Her special interests and expertise are Developmental Language Disorders, Stuttering in young children, Literacy issues in School-aged children, and Articulation and Phonological disorders. While working directly with the child, Stephanie’s focus is always on parent education and involving parents in the therapy process, to ensure that they are able to work with their own child to attain the best communication skills possible.
Stephanie has also been trained to deliver the Camperdown Program, a stuttering treatment program for adults and adolescents.
Stephanie is committed to continual Professional Development. She is a Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.