Kate completed her Bachelor of Business at the University of Tasmania (2008) and her Masters of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland (2012) and is the Director of Speechcare. Kate is experienced in a variety of clinical areas and family-centred treatment models, including individual assessment and intervention, training and coaching for parents and professionals and tailored group therapy. Kate is a strong advocate for neurodiversity and developing greater community awareness of communication difficulties and Autism.
Kate provides individual and group therapy, as well as education and support to teachers, workplaces, families and organisations in the areas of disability inclusion, autism and social communication and neurodiversity.
Kate spent three years in the UK working in the education sector in a training and clinical role, where she provided assessment, intervention, group and individual therapy for school-aged children with Autism, and training for teaching staff and families in the areas of Autism and Social Communication and Social Language Development.
Kate has supervised student Speech Pathologists and is trained in Hanen More than Words, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, SOS Feeding, Social Stories, LAMP Words For Life, SCERTS, Colourful Semantics, the Lidcombe Program and Sounds-Write, an evidence-based literacy program.
Kate delivers family-centred therapy and has specific interest, experience and training in the following areas:
- Speech, play and language delay
- Paediatric fluency
- Early language and literacy skills
- Communication and social development in autistic children and young adults
- Communication development in children and young adults with developmental disabilities
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Autism
- Assessment and treatment of sensory feeding disorders
Kate delivers the Bridges in Social Understanding Curriculum, which focuses on education, long-term social learning, and empowering people with social communication difficulties to make informed choices about their learning and relationships.
Kate is dedicated to collaborating with families to achieve their goals and to ensure that therapy is tailored her clients’ needs, wants and aspirations.