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Sarah is our guru in all things disability! Graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2013, Sarah has gained extensive experience in the disability sector, and has had the pleasure of working with a range of individuals, including those with: ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ODD and ADHD. Sarah understands that communication is about so much more than speech, and her therapy programs often focus on functional communication skills, targeting a mix of speech, language and social skills. Sarah is passionate about helping each client find a way to communicate, and has clinical experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.
Like all valued members of our team, Sarah has a vital role in supporting our therapists with their disability clients and caseloads. We always say that two Speechie heads are better than one! Another reason why Sarah is a vital team member here at Pop, is because she is trained in: PODD, ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis), Hanen More Than Words and Talking Mats. She has worked closely with families who use a range of AAC systems including: PECS, PODD, Proloquo2Go, LAMP-WFL, Key Word Sign, Snap and Core and Cough Drop.
Sarah loves to work with her client’s unique interests, to make therapy engaging and meaningful. Working with clients who benefit from visual communication aids, Sarah is not shy about having her photo programmed into communication devices, used on visuals/flashcards, used in social stories, or even about featuring in therapy modelling videos!
Growing up in the country town of Dungog, NSW, Sarah understands the barriers faced by families with limited local services. She is passionate about equal access to services, and empowering her clients and families to reach their communication goals.