Practice Principal and Occupational Therapist
Rebecca is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who joined Early Start Australia with a strong disability background in physical, neurological and developmental conditions. She has worked in community, non-government and tertiary paediatric hospital settings, working with variety of children including those with a diagnosis of Spina Bifida, brain Injury and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy) in 2004 at the University of Western Sydney. In 2017, Rebecca presented at the Spina Bifida World Congress in San Diego on Early Cognitive Development in Children with Spina Bifida.
Rebecca has a keen interest in early intervention, the benefits of play and helping children and families achieve all their goals and more. She believes in a family centred approach where the children and families have the most important role to play.
Currently on Maternity Leave
Yonit has experience working across a variety of areas including early intervention, school-aged speech and language and children with disabilities. Yonit has worked in a wide range of settings including within the public and private sectors as well as within schools. Yonit believes in contiunuous professional development and is trained in PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System and the Hanen program “It Takes Two to Talk”.
Yonit’s dedication to the profession and to her clients is invaluable. She is passionate about providing individualised therapy approaches for her clients. She believes in working in partnership with parents to achieve the best outcomes for their child and seeing children grow and achieve their potential.
Ashleigh graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Health Sciences (Hearing and Speech) and a Master in Speech Language Pathology. She is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Ashleigh has worked with children with a range of backgrounds and abilities. She has a passion for working with children of all ages, with a particular interest in early intervention and disability. Ashleigh enjoys the dynamic nature of therapy and finds it hugely rewarding to see children make continuous progress. Ashleigh has a strong dedication to the profession and continues professional development. She is trained in PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System and the Hanen program “It Takes Two to Talk”.
Ashleigh is driven by her enthusiasm in tailoring therapy according to a child’s individual needs. Her role as a speech pathologist gives her the opportunity to empower children and their families and to support a child’s ongoing development.
Analise graduated from Macquarie University with a Master in Speech Language Pathology and is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Analise has experience in a range of settings working with children, particularly in the disability sector. This has included multidisciplinary teams, and she has also spent a year abroad in the UK working for the NHS. Analise has a particular interest in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) with experience in systems such as PECS, PODD, Proloquo2go, LAMP, Unity, TouchChat, Word Power and switches. Analise believes that everyone should have the right to communicate to their fullest potential and it is a matter of finding which system suits the individual to achieve the best result.
Analise has experience in a range of areas within speech pathology including language, speech, AAC, fussy eating and voice. She believes in treatment that looks at a person holistically and has experience in providing support to others including parents, teachers and other health professionals.
Cassandra completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney and is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Cassandra has experience working with children and adolescents in the areas of language, speech, literacy, fluency, voice and disability. She has a strong interest in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) such as Proloquo2go, PECS and PODD to support children with complex communication needs. Cassandra is trained in PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System and Key Word Sign.
Cassandra strives to provide high quality, evidence-based therapy in a client and family centered manner. She is committed to helping each child reach their potential and making therapy and learning a fun and enjoyable experience.
Genevieve is Lift Off’s friendly administration assistant and clinic manager. Her role is to meet and greet all our lovely clients at Lift Off and to assist with all things administration to make the clinic and our client’s experience run smoothly.
Genevieve has a background in Human Resources Management. She is also a busy mum to two very active children who are both in primary school.