Meet The Team.
Meet the team behind Speech Language and Learning.
Sue Park: Founding Director
M.Sp.Path., B.Sp.Thy., MSPA;
Sue is the Founding Director of SLL which has been operating since 2004. She has over 40 years of experience working with a wide range of clients, in on -line and management positions. Speech Pathology positions held include the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Queensland Cerebral Palsy League, (also Speech Pathologist In Charge) the Pre-School for Deaf and CHI.L.D. Association/ The Glenleighden School (Senior Speech Pathologist & Outreach Manager). Sue is also now on the Board of Directors of CHI.L.D. Association. She is also a co- rep for the Speech Pathology Australia -Queensland Private Practice Network and sits on the executive of the Queensland branch of Speech Pathology Australia. She is also on the panel of advisors for the Australian Catholic University Speech Pathology Department.
Sue is highly experienced in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents who have speech and language delays and disorders, childhood apraxia of speech/ developmental verbal dyspraxia, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit and auditory processing disorders, oral motor, eating and drinking difficulties, hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, neurological head injuries as well as literacy and learning difficulties. She has a particular interest in childhood apraxia as her Master’s research project was based on researching a program she has developed to facilitate speech and literacy development for these children from an early age.
In 2004, Sue was invited to consult and treat children with speech, language and literacy difficulties in some private schools, as she was starting her independent practice. This has continued and grown, with more schools acknowledging the assistance we can provide for children in educational settings, and our ability to network with teachers and support staff in understanding and supporting each individual student’s area of difficulties. She has developed a number of programs which reflect evidence-based research and these have become specific to SLL consultants, particularly in language and literacy development.
As the Australian trainers of a well-known, popular UK language program, the Derbyshire Language Scheme, Sue and Janet Eales (Learning Steps- see Our Network) have formed ‘Language Literacy and Learning’ to provide training and in-service to speech pathologists and other education and health professionals and parents wanting to use ‘the most popular commercially produced language program for children under 7 years in the UK ‘(Better Communication Research Project, 2008).
In 2013, Sue and Janet founded an app development company, called Language and Learning Steps, gaining entry into the University of Queensland / Uniquest iLab’s Germinate program where they developed their first language app, ‘Key Word Kids’. This app is a language program in an app as it reflects the principles of the Derbyshire Language Program, based on the notion of Key Words used in a sentence, that a child is required to understand or produce. They now have a 2nd app, called ‘Key Verbs with Steffy and James’ which helps children understand and use past tense action words appropriately. Both apps are very popular in Australia and in a range of English speaking countries.
Angie France: Senior Consultant
Angie is our ‘much loved’ and ‘sought after’ Senior Consultant with SLL. She has over 16 years’ experience working as a Speech Pathologist, both in primary and secondary HealthCare, within the community, early childhood and kindy settings as well as in state and private school settings in urban, regional and rural Queensland and the UK.
Angie worked with Sue at CHI.L.D. Association / Glenleighden and then worked in the UK. She was appointed manager of an Early Years Speech and Language Service in the UK and has extensive experience leading teams in Early Childhood settings and coordinating early intervention and prevention projects.
Angie is highly experienced in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents who have speech and language delays and disorders, childhood apraxia of speech/ developmental verbal dyspraxia, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit and auditory processing disorders, oral motor, eating and drinking difficulties, hearing impairment as well as literacy and learning difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with very young children, supporting their families and Early Childhood professionals but says she loves working in schools where she can make a difference for students, working alongside their teachers to achieve both speech language and educational goals so they can reach their potential.
Sarah Ryan: Consultant
B.Sp.Path (Hons ), MSPA
Sarah is our newest team member and her contribution to SLL has been warmly welcomed, initially in a Full Time Locum position then as a Part-Time Consultant as she is invaluable to our team. She is currently overseas traveling but we look forward to her return late in 2017 or early in 2018. Sarah graduated as valedictorian of her Therapy cohort, with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours 1) from the University of Queensland, completing research in the area of head injury following sporting accidents. She was awarded the Speech Pathology Australia Student Award for 2014.
Sarah has additional certifications in BLADES language training, the Lidcombe Program for early stuttering and SALT language analysis. She says she is passionate about early intervention for children & enjoys working with children in the areas of speech, language, literacy & fluency. Her particular areas of interest are paediatric brain injury & paediatric feeding/swallowing. Sarah has had experience in working in regional and rural Queensland working alongside other health professionals & schools to offer Speech Pathology services to families & their children. In this role, Sarah also worked with indigenous children and their families. Sarah loves working as a Speech Pathologist with children & their families to empower them to be effective communicators.