Celine Lowe Pascual
B. Applied Sci. (Speech Pathology) Honours Class 1
Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist
Days Working: Tuesday – Friday
Celine started working at Western Sydney Speech Pathology in July 2011. Celine’s clinical practice ranges from supporting families with young children with language and speech delays, school readiness and early literacy. Celine is also experienced in working with upper primary and high school reading comprehension and writing.
In addition to working in Blacktown, Celine also completed a two-year tenure at Lithgow District Hospital where she had gained experience in working in a diverse allied health team. During this time she had participated in the “First Steps” Program which focused on supporting families with children at-risk of developmental delays and developed an interest in paediatric feeding difficulties. In addition to this, she gained experience with working with children in rural and remote areas and children in out-of-home care.
Celine is also dedicated to advocating for people with communication disabilities. In 2014 she was invited to speak at the Senate Enquiry into Speech, Language, Communication and Speech Pathology Services at Parliament House in Sydney. She has also led initiatives to raise awareness about communication delays in the Blacktown Community during events such as the Blacktown Festival, and has created awareness raising displays for Blacktown Library. Celine is also an active participant in Speech Pathology Australia’s NSW Branch.
- Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist
- SOS Approach to Feeding
Get to know Celine
Why did you become a speech pathologist?
After I graduated high school I decided to start a Business Degree at the University of Technology Sydney. While I enjoyed the subjects, I knew that I wasn’t very passionate about what I was learning so I sought the support of a careers counsellor at the University. The counsellor had me complete a battery of tests that took about 30mintues to complete and it spat out “You should become a speech pathologist”. I enrolled for the speech pathology course at the University of Sydney for the following year.
I was very unsure whether or not this was the job for me, until my second year when I met my first patient; a 5 year old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As his language improved throughout the term, I knew then that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
What do you love most about your job?
I love sharing my knowledge with parents and seeing the progress the kids make. There’s something really satisfying about helping parents figure out how to implement a homework routine or seeing a young child get a really difficult sound on their own for the first time.
What is your favourite children’s book?
All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket. It’s a really weird, funny crime fiction story that has a moral about the importance of looking after the environment. I’d say it’s mainly for kids aged 8+ years.
My favourite book for children under 5 is Mem Fox’s “Where is the Green Sheep?”