I graduated as a speech pathologist in 1992 and began working with clients who have an acquired neurological condition in varied roles including: acute care; rehabilitation; and domiciliary services. I worked as a case manager with a national occupational rehabilitation provider in their specialist brain injury services team before joining Access Brain Injury Services in 2002.
In my role as a speech pathologist I see children and adults who have neurological difficulties with:
- Speech (acquired motor speech disorders)
- Language: verbal expression, auditory comprehension, reading, and writing
- Social communication skills, e.g. having successful conversations with friends, family and co-workers
- Cognitive communication skills, e.g. problem solving, empathy, flexibility of thinking
- Eating and swallowing
My case management experience for the past 20 years has involved working with people with an acquired brain injury. My case management experience has given me extensive exposure to working with people with a varying severity of brain injury. I have experience working with people from early post injury (e.g. at time of discharge from rehabilitation) through to clients who may be several years post injury.