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South Coast Speech Pathology is an innovative, community orientated practice based on the beautiful South Coast of NSW. We proudly service the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven districts. An experienced Speech Therapist can visit you in your home, school, child care centre or aged care facility. Alternatively you can visit us at our Moruya or Nowra clinics.
South Coast Speech also provides outreach services for those in remote and rural areas. Where appropriate these outreach services can be supported by teletherapy (yes, we’ll provide fun, interactive and engaging speech therapy over the web!)
Claire Price - Director & Speech Pathologist
BBehavSc(Psych), MSpPathSt, GradCertEd(LrngDiff), CPSP
Claire is the Director of South Coast Speech Pathology. She has worked in private practices and not-for-profit organisations across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and now calls the South Coast home. Claire holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), a Master of Speech Pathology Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Learning Difficulties.
Claire is passionate about building relationships with her clients and creating a community of support around clients and their families. Her clinical experience and post-graduate training assist her to create individualised and holistic therapy sessions that help children and adults reach their potential. Claire is also an advocate for the Speech Pathology profession and supporting early career Speech Pathologists. She is currently the co-Branch Chair of Speech Pathology Australia’s ACT/NSW Branch.
Claire has completed additional training in a number of evidence based programs:
- The SOS Approach to Feeding
- Ellyn Satter: Division of Responsibility in Feeding
- Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
- The Lidcombe Program for stuttering
- The Spalding Method
- MULTILIT: Reading Tutor Program
- Sounds Write
- Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing Program
- Circle of Security – Parenting
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training
- DIRFloortime® – Basic DIRFloortime® Provider
- Talking Mats
Kate Patten - Speech Pathologist
A graduate from The University of Sydney, Kate relocated to the beautiful South Coast of NSW in 2018. Kate holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Throughout her studies, Kate worked with paediatric clients both around Sydney and in Darwin. She has experience working in the public hospital system and a specific interest in providing speech pathology assessment and therapy to adult clients.
Kate has a passion for working with clients post stroke and clients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. She has experience across a range of practice areas including dysphagia management, speech, language and voice interventions. Kate has completed additional training in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – Loud (LSVT). Kate enjoys building rapport and working collaboratively with her clients and their families, in order to ensure client-centred practice.
When Kate is not working, you’ll find her exploring outdoors, playing sport or cafe hopping.
Ellen Karp - Speech Pathologist
BPrimEd, MSLP, CPSP
Ingrid Mason - Speech Pathologist
BA, BPrimEd, MA (Cognitive Science), MSpPath, CPSP
Ingrid holds qualifications in Primary School Education, Cognitive Science and a Masters of Speech Pathology and is a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Ingrid brings a passion for working with strengths and building resilience in the clients and families that she meets. She has worked with both children and adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and strongly believes in the value of working with the individual, family and community in a holistic way to meet the needs of people with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Ingrid is also a parent and fully understands the juggling act of providing support whilst caring for others. When not working, she can be found bush-walking with the family or relaxing on the balcony watching over her growing herd of guinea pigs.
Kirsty Nairn - Allied Health Assistant
Kirsty is currently studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and is in her final year. She will be relocating to the South Coast when she completes her degree mid-2021. Until then, Kirsty will support the SCSP community as an Allied Health Assistant providing Telehealth services.
Kirsty has lived most of her life in rural NSW and understands first-hand the barriers to accessing health services that are faced by people living in regional and rural areas of Australia. She is extremely excited to be able to work with these communities and improve their access to Speech Pathology services.
Throughout her clinical placements as a student Speech Pathologist, Kirsty has supported paediatric and adult clients to achieve their communication and swallowing goals. She loves building rapport with her clients. Kirsty is a movie fanatic, and also enjoys the beach, reading, and catching up with friends.
South Coast Speech Pathology (SCSP) aims to support individuals of all ages and all abilities to gain independence and confidence. We believe that everyone has the right to be an effective communicator.
South Coast Speech Pathology sees value in a local service that links individuals to their community and like-minded organisations. We aim to be a familiar face that empowers families and caregivers. SCSP strives to provide clients with friendly, flexible, and quality support throughout their lives.
How can a Speech Pathologist Help?
Some babies have difficulties with breast and bottle feeding, or transitioning to puree and finger foods. Speech Pathologists can help babies to eat and drink safely from birth.
Communication begins from birth and babies learn to interact through smiles, cooing, and copying actions like waving, pointing and clapping. Speech Pathologists support the development of early communication skills such as eye contact, babbling, gestures and those memorable first-words.
Children and Adolescents
Language difficulties can impact on a child’s ability to understand what is said to them, to follow instructions, to ask and answer questions, and to share their thoughts and feelings. Speech Pathologists support children and adolescents to improve their receptive (understanding) language and expressive (using) language.
Some children say their words incorrectly because they have difficulty pronouncing speech sounds. This can impact on their ability to get their message across, particularly if they are talking to unfamiliar people. Those closest to them are often excellent translators! Speech Pathologist help children to improve their articulation and clarity.
Stuttering occurs when an individual repeats sounds or words, and finds it hard to get their words out smoothly. This can be a normal phase of development, especially during periods of rapid vocabulary growth, however, stuttering often requires therapy to ensure that it does not stick around. Speech Pathologists help children and adolescents to reduce their stutter.
Difficulties chewing and swallowing can impact on a child or adolescents ability to eat and drink safely, and some children only eat a very small variety of food. Speech Pathologists can support safe eating and drinking, and increasing the different kinds of food that children eat. They can also provide strategies to help encourage positive family mealtimes.
Some people need to use signs, symbols or electronic devices to communicate. These may be used to support limited verbal communication, or to replace verbal communication. Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) may be a short term approach to help people while they strengthen their verbal communication skills, or it may be something that is used throughout their life. Speech Pathologists help children and adolescents to develop communication using the most effective system for them.
Some children and adolescents find it difficult to interact with their peers. They may need support to understand body language, to play games, take turns and to have a conversation. This is particularly common in children on the Autism Spectrum. Speech Pathologists help children and adolescents to learn appropriate ways to engage with their peers.
Learning to read and write can be difficult for many children, particularly if they have other language or speech difficulties. Speech Pathologists can help school students to read and spell, and to develop their reading comprehension and written expression.
Adults can have difficulty with communication due to challenges they had as a child, or as a result of injuries or illnesses acquired in adulthood (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis). Speech Pathologists can help adults with understanding and using language, speaking clearly, reducing stuttering, and supporting verbal communication with alternative and augmentative communication.
Swallowing difficulties can impact on an adult’s ability to eat and drink safely. Swallowing difficulties may be present from childhood, or may arise after an injury or illness. Speech Pathologists help adults to eat and drink safely, and support families and caregivers to implement mealtime strategies.
Many adults did not receive effective literacy instruction in childhood, and still continue to have difficulties with reading and writing. Speech Pathologists can support adults to develop their skills in reading, spelling, reading comprehension and written expression.
Adults who speak English as a second language may find that they have difficulties being understood (especially in corporate environments) due to a strong accent. Speech Pathologists can help non-native English speakers to be better understood.
Telehealth speech therapy for rural and remote areas
Your Speech Pathologist can use real-time Telehealth to do assessments and therapy over the internet. South Coast Speech Pathology views Telehealth as the perfect solution for supporting families and individuals who live in rural and remote areas and can’t access regular in-person appointments.