MEET OUR SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS
Clinic Director and Principal Speech Pathologist
Kate graduated from Curtin University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) with First Class Honours. She was awarded the Speech Pathology Australia award for the Most Outstanding Clinical Performance by a Final Year Student and was also awarded a position on the Vice Chancellor’s List for performing within the top 1% of all students at Curtin University. Kate is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist as recognised by Speech Pathology Australia. She currently sees clients at the clinic on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
During her career, Kate has worked primarily in the private sector, providing services to children and adolescents with a diverse range of speech, language and literacy difficulties. Kate has a particular passion for early language development and speech sound disorders, and has extensive experience working with children from birth to six years. In addition to her private clinical caseload, Kate works as a Clinical Educator through Curtin University, supervising final year speech pathology students as they undertake practical placements in schools. She also serves on the Executive Committee as a representative member of the Private Speech Pathologists Association of Western Australia (PSPAWA).
Kate is a PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained therapist and a Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist for the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk® program. She has completed additional early intervention training including basic DIR/Floortime training for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, BLADES language therapy for 2-5 year old children, and the assessment and management of feeding, speech and oral motor function in young children. Kate is also a Lidcombe Trained Speech Pathologist for the treatment of stuttering in young children. Kate is a Sounds-Write Certified Speech Pathologist and is trained in Talk For Writing. She is registered as a Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) Early Intervention Service Provider for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Kate believes in fostering ‘connection through communication’ and is a strong advocate of play-based learning to ensure that children can develop functional, real-world communication skills through meaningful experiences and interactions with others.
Annique graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology). She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist as recognised by Speech Pathology Australia. Annique works at the Pursuit Speech Pathology clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Annique has significant experience supporting preschool and school-aged children with a broad range of speech, language and literacy goals. Annique previously worked as part of a large multidisciplinary practice, supporting clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD) and other developmental disabilities. In addition to her time at Pursuit, Annique also works at Fremantle Speech Pathology Services, where she supports children and adolescents with their language and literacy development, including children diagnosed with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in reading (Dyslexia) and writing (Dysgraphia). Annique is also a Clinical Educator for final year speech pathology students as they complete their clinical placements in schools.
Annique is committed to ongoing professional development to ensure relevant, evidence-based practice. She is a PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Lidcombe (for stuttering) trained therapist. She is also a Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist for the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk® program for young children with language delays, and the Hanen More Than Words program® for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and social communication difficulties. Annique is also trained in Sounds Write, an evidence-based, structured synthetic phonics program for teaching children to read and spell. She has also completed training in Talk For Writing and Colourful Semantics.
Annique is passionate about her work and is dedicated to making a difference to the communication abilities of children through evidence-based, family-centred care.
Jess graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology). She is a provisional Certified Practising Speech Pathologist as recognised by Speech Pathology Australia. Jess works at the Pursuit Speech Pathology clinic on Saturdays.
Jess trained as a student under our principal speech pathologist and clinic director, Kate Brown, and was so fantastic that Kate immediately asked her to join the team as a qualified speech pathologist! She was awarded the Speech Pathology Australia award for the best clinical performance by a final year student.
Jess has experience supporting preschool and school-aged children with a range of speech, language and literacy goals in both clinic and school settings. She is already trained in Sounds Write and Lidcombe (for stuttering), and is committed to ongoing professional development and learning to ensure evidence-based clinical practice.
Jess consistently goes above and beyond for her clients, planning and implementing innovative sessions that cater to each child’s unique interests and needs. Jess enjoys collaborating with parents, teachers and other professionals to enhance children’s communication, participation and learning at home and at school.