Our Team

Catherine Downs

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and Director of Buzzwords Speech Pathology.
BAppSc Speech Pathology, BA Psychology.

Catherine is registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association (ASHA).
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 is PROMPT Certified and has had training in the DIR / Floortime approach to intervention.

Catherine has competed the “Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing”, presented by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP.

Catherine is a mother of three who is passionate about helping children become confident and effective communicators. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents (0 - 18 years) who have communication delays and disorders, including, but not limited to:

• Developmental Language Disorder
• Stuttering
• Literacy (language in print), learning difficulties (incl. Dyslexia, reading, spelling & written expression) *
• Childhood Apraxia of Speech
• Phonological Disorders
• Developmental Delay
• Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
• Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders (ADD / ADHD)
• Hearing Impairment
• Voice

Tara Taylor

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.

Galia Aron

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.

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