Speech Pathologist

B.Psych (Hons), MSpPath, MSPA, CPSP

Alissia comes to Therapy Matters with a distinguished academic record across two degrees, earning a University Medal from Flinders University for her Bachelor of Psychology Degree (First Class Honours) and an Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University in the final year of her Master of Speech Pathology degree. In between her two degrees, Alissia worked for several years in the child protection and community services sector supporting the well-being of complex young people from mental health and trauma backgrounds. This experience shaped her strong passion for supporting vulnerable young people to reach their potential.

Alissia is an empathetic, diligent and dedicated speech pathologist who strives to tailor each therapy session towards each child’s needs and likes. She is an enthusiastic, lifelong learner who works hard to deliver the best evidence-based, child-centred interventions that she can while also making sure that the intervention is responsive and meaningful to the whole family. Alissia is looking forward to helping children across a wide variety of communication, language and literacy areas.

Alissa became a qualified speech pathologist in 2022.

She has additional training in:

  • Sounds-Write
  • Key Word Sign

Alissia works on Tuesdays (fortnightly) and Wednesdays at Somerset College and on Mondays (fortnightly), Tuesdays (fortnightly), Thursdays and Fridays at our West Burleigh Clinic.

What’s your favourite toy?

“Pop-Up Pirate is one of my favourites, particularly for therapy on speech sounds (but other goals can also be integrated as well!).

Changing how we speak is incredibly HARD and time-consuming work! Pop-Up Pirate can provide ‘fun currency’ in my sessions. It helps motivate children to practice their sounds again and again, and in exchange, their hard work is acknowledged and reinforced with a suspenseful game that always generates lots of giggles and excitement.

No matter how many times I play this game, the surprise ‘pop’ of the pirate always makes me jump, which always adds to the fun for everyone!”