Our clinic, located in Newcastle, is committed to making speech pathology fun so every child can be set free and have fun!
Amy is the founder of Dragonfly Speech Pathology.
She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with 12+ years of experience. She is also a Mum to two beautiful boys and knows the reality of raising children. Amy is constantly seeking a connection to her wider community within her work and believes that all children should have access to speech pathology to help find their voice.
Amy has a special interest in working with children with hearing loss as she has had her own personal journey with her son having experienced conductive hearing loss. Amy is exceptionally lucky to be working with some of the leading Ear Nose and Throat surgeons from Hunter ENT. This creates a collaborative approach that Amy thrives in and provides the best possible service for her clients.
Amy has always worked in Private Practice and co-owned a successful speech pathology business for 9 years prior to starting Dragonfly Speech Pathology. Amy created Dragonfly Speech Pathology to return to what she loves, improving children’s communication skills and working with their families.
Amy’s approach to speech pathology assessment and intervention is creative, fun and warm. She uses the latest evidence in all that she does to ensure that the child is getting the best outcomes. Amy loves working with families as this creates the biggest ripple effect for improving a child’s communication system.
Qualifications & Training
Amy graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2009. Amy has a passion for working with children with all communication disorders and has undertaken extensive additional training and professional development. Amy is a certified practitioner in MULTILIT and Sounds Write, two evidence based literacy programs. She is also certified in the Hanen program, It Takes Two to Talk for late talkers and is certified in PEERS, which is a social skill program for teens with social challenges. Amy has also had extensive additional training for children with Autism and AAC users, including LAMP Words for Life, Intensive Interaction and DIR Floortime. Amy has also attended workshops and additional training in the areas of Phonological Disorders and Fluency.
Amy comes from a professional acting background, having trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts prior to completing her speech pathology degree. She has worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company as a professional actor. This brings unique skills and confidence to her role as a speech pathologist and presenter.
Amy was invited to present at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in 2017 on the social skill groups she created, “Teaching Children with Autism Movie Making Skills”. This was a highlight in Amy’s career and a true testament to her creativity.
Amy has worked with the Newcastle Business Centre presenting on how to navigate the NDIS when working in private practice. Amy has also presented to many schools across the Lake Macquarie and Hunter Region about School Readiness from a speech and language perspective. Amy is a regular presenter for the Lake Macquarie Council, “You’re Kidding Me” programs and has presented topics such as “Babbling Babies”, “ASD and Visuals”, and “Developing Language at Home”. Amy has also presented at the Breast-Feeding Association about early speech and language development.