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Meet Desiree

Speech Pathologist

Days Working: Monday – Friday

Desiree joined the team at Western Sydney Speech Pathology in August 2017. Her clinical practice ranges from supporting families of young children with language and speech disorders, to older children with learning and literacy difficulties.

As our primary liaison with the University of Technology Sydney, Desiree developed our “Student Clinic Program” that allows us to provide quality training for future speech pathologists as well as offer our community greater access to our services. In addition to this, Desiree is also the clinical lead for our groups focusing on early literacy development.

Desiree is passionate about working with children from bilingual families and has completed additional qualifications to gain a better understanding of the language abilities of bilingual children.

Desiree is bilingual and can offer services in both English and French.

Education and Qualifications

  • MSLP, B. A. (Psychology)
  • Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist
  • Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist (It Takes Two to Talk)
  • Sounds-Write Registered
  • Certificate in Francophone Practice for Speech Language Pathologists
  • Attended Introductory Workshop for DIR Floortime
  • Certified in the Shape Coding System (Part 1)

Why did you become a speech pathologist?

I’ve wanted to be a speech pathologist since a family member suggested it when I was in high school. I knew I wanted to work with kids, and it was important to me to find a career where I could contribute something to others. I knew right away that it made sense and was a good fit for my personality – I love to talk, read, and write! – and the more I researched it, the more excited I became about the idea. After some time working in this field, I know that I made the right decision.

What do you love most about your job?

I love being around for the big moments. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a child reach a goal they’ve been working toward, or when they have a moment where things finally ‘click.’ Seeing a child gain confidence in their skills is a really special thing to be a part of.

The people I work with also make this one of my favourite places to be. I love being part of such a tight-knit team, and there’s never a dull moment being around kids all day!

What is your favourite children’s book?

At the risk of being a little sappy, I am going to say “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. It’s a great example of turning something tragic into something amazing, and I think that people from all walks of life can relate to it.