She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, in Speech Pathology. Initially her focus was in community health settings around Sydney, and in an audiology clinic in Southampton, United Kingdom. She has been in private practice for over 20 years and works exclusively with children.
Fiona is a member of Speech Pathology Australia (M.S.P.A.) and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist CPSA. The letters signify she is registered with the National Australian Organisation, Speech Pathology Australia, and participates in a variety of professional development activities each year.
Fiona has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of:
- Speech sound disorders, in particular children who are difficult to understand
- Delayed language development or what‘s commonly called, ‘late talkers’
- Preschool language disorders and preparing children for the language required in their first year in school
- Stuttering disorders in children and adolescents, and for intervention in young children uses the ‘Lidcombe Program’
- Literacy difficulties in children and adolescents
- Comprehension of spoken and written material in older children and adolescents, utilising the ‘Visualising and Verbalising Program for Language Comprehension and Thinking’.
By working with hundreds of children and alongside numerous occupational therapists, Fiona understands how the roles of sensory and visual processing affect spoken and written communication development. Fiona finds that many children attending speech therapy also benefit from occupational therapy.