Our Team

Catherine Downs

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

Member of Speech Pathology Australia (MSPA), Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (Assoc MAPS) and International Affiliate of American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine is passionate about helping children become confident and effective communicators so that they can participate in every aspect of their lives.

Catherine holds a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney and a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). These 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 evidence based.

Catherine has substantial experience in working with children from birth through adolescence who have complex communication needs. From helping toddlers learn to communicate to assisting older children with speech, language, literacy and social communication difficulties, Catherine is committed to maximising their communication ability.

Her approach is child centred, utilising the most suitable strategies to develop skills, while also keeping activities fun, practical and easy to replicate at home. Being a mum of three children, Catherine knows just how busy life can be and will work with you to help you fit strategies in to your daily life that will help your child's communication develop.

Catherine is a Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine has completed additional training in many areas, including:
• Makaton (Key Word Sign)
• Voicecraft
• DIR / Floortime
• School Readiness (Phonics)
• Phonics based reading/spelling instruction
• Feeding
• Stuttering - The Lidcombe Program (Stuttering)
• Cert. Counselling
• Youth Mental Health First Aid

Catherine's experience working with children and adolescents (0 - 18 years) who have communication delays and disorders, includes, but is not limited to:
• Developmental Language Disorder
• Early Intervention
• Stuttering
• Literacy – reading, written expression, spelling
• Dyslexia
• Learning difficulties
• Childhood Apraxia of Speech
• Phonological Disorders
• Developmental Delay • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
• Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders (ADD / ADHD)
• Hearing Impairment
• Voice
• Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

Catherine established Buzzwords Speech Pathology with the aim of providing excellent Paediatric Speech Pathology services in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Our Speech Pathologists are on a mission to help children and adolescents communicate to the best of their ability. We advocate for each person's right to communicate.

Call us on 0499 150 333 to book an appointment for your child.

* The Speech Pathologists at Buzzwords Speech Pathology take a Synthetic Phonics approach to teaching reading and spelling, and we use decodable readers in our work with children.