Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and Director of Buzzwords Speech Pathology
BAppSc Speech Pathology, BA Psychology
Catherine is passionate about helping children become confident and effective communicators so that they can access every aspect of their lives; from building relationships to learning the curriculum at preschool/school.
Catherine works with children of all ages from early childhood right through the final years of high school; helping them reach their true communication potential.
In 2010, Catherine established a successful Private Practice (Catherine Downs Speech Pathology), focusing on paediatric Speech Pathology services in the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney. In 2018, Catherine changed the business to "Buzzwords Speech Pathology", with a team of Speech Pathologists who have the same passion and commitment to helping children and adolescents communicate to the best of their ability. Speech Pathologists at this practice, like Catherine, work with children and their families & teachers to help them communicate as best they can.
At the core of our service are our values of Communication, Connection and Collaboration.
Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney.
Catherine's qualifications and experience give her a unique set of skills for dealing with clients who are having communication, literacy and learning difficulties. Catherine maintains ongoing Professional Development to keep her skills up-to-date and science based.
Catherine has completed additional training in many areas, including: Makaton, AUSLAN, PECS, Voicecraft, PROMPT, DIR / Floortime approach, School Readiness (Phonics), phonics based reading/spelling instruction, feeding (“Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing”, Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP), The Lidcombe Program (Stuttering), Dip. Counselling and Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Catherine is a Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association (ASHA).
Experience: Catherine has over 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents (0 - 18 years) who have communication delays and disorders, including, but not limited to:
• Developmental Language Disorder
• Literacy – reading, written expression, spelling
• Learning difficulties
• Childhood Apraxia of Speech
• Phonological Disorders
• Developmental Delay • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
• Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders (ADD / ADHD)
• Hearing Impairment
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
MSpchLngPath, BHlthSc (Speech & Hearing)
Tara graduated from Macquarie University with a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Sydney University.
Tara has worked at various Allied Health practices and she is highly competent in implementing diagnostic communication assessments and interventions. Tara has experience in implementing a broad range of evidence-based approaches and she has successfully assisted clients with a range of mild to severe communication difficulties and disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, global developmental delay, speech and language delays/disorders, specific language impairment, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, literacy, pragmatic and social skill difficulties.
Tara is committed to providing evidence-based interventions with a focus on strengthening children’s ability to cope and thrive within their environment by stimulating their communication skills. To effectively achieve this, she is dedicated to implementing family centred practice principles which involves collaboration with each client and their family to set holistic and functional goals. To continuously expand and update her skills, Tara is actively involved in professional development activities.
Tara is a certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and attended the Speech pathology Australia National Conference in 2017. She is also a PROMPT certified Speech Pathologist and has completed The Lidcombe Program workshop. Tara has also completed the Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk Certification Workshop.
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
BAppSc Speech Pathology
Galia provides holistic child and family centred therapy, working collaboratively with each child’s family and with other professionals to achieve their communication goals.
Galia graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Speech Pathology (Hons) from The University of Sydney. Since graduating, she has worked as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist in Sydney whilst also maintaining a commitment to ongoing professional development. Galia is registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.
Galia is highly skilled and experienced in the provision of assessment and therapy services for children, from toddlers to teenagers. She is dedicated to helping children overcome their difficulties with language, learning, articulation, stuttering, social skills, pre-literacy skills, school aged literacy (reading and writing) and others areas of communication.
In terms of professional development, Galia has completed various professional training courses to complement her BAppSc degree qualifications in Speech Pathology, such as;
• Literacy: MultiLit, The Spalding Method for teaching reading and writing, Sounds Write.
• Early communication: Hanen training in “It takes Two to Talk” and the principles of “More than Words.”
• Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC): Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
• Social Skills Training for children with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Secret Agent Society (SAS)
* The Speech Pathologists at Buzzwords Speech Pathology take a Synthetic Phonics approach to teaching reading & writing and we use decodable readers in our work with children. This is the approach recommended by SPELD NSW.