the TEAM

Alison Jackson | Director

In a few words: I love working with all my clients to achieve the best possible communication outcomes. I enjoy working with children who are delayed in speech and language development and with people of all ages who have a stuttering problem. I also particularly enjoy leading Hanen parent and teacher training programmes.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Therapy (UQ); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist ( Speech Pathology Australia); Hanen trained Speech Pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More than Words, Talkability, Learning Language and Loving It and Teacher talk.

In times past: I worked at the Mater Children’s Hospital, seven years as the senior Speech Pathologist.



Kate Ledingham | Associate

Kate completed her Bachelor of Business at the University of Tasmania before pursuing warmer climes. She completed her Masters of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland.

Kate has practiced in Queensland and the UK in private practice and in the education sector. Kate is experienced in a variety of clinical areas and treatment models, including individual assessment and intervention, training and coaching for parents and professionals and tailored group therapy.

Kate is dedicated to collaborating with families to achieve their goals and to ensure that therapy is tailored her clients’ needs, wants and aspirations. She is focused on empowering clients and their families. Kate works with private and NDIS clients.


Kate has specific interest, experience and training in the following areas:

  • Speech, play and language delay
  • Paediatric fluency
  • Early literacy skills
  • Communication and social development in autistic children and young adults
  • Communication development in children and young adults with developmental disabilities
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Autism
  • Assessment and treatment of sensory feeding disorders


Kate has completed training in the following Programs and implements the models/evidence-based practices in her therapy:

  • The Lidcombe Program
  • Hanen More Than Words Parent training
  • LAMP Words For Life
  • SOS Feeding
  • Bridges in Social Understanding Curriculum
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Attention Autism
  • Social Stories


Emma Bray

Emma joined Speechcare in 2011 after graduating from the University of Queensland with a Master of Speech Pathology Studies in 2009. Emma has previously completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Griffith University).  

Emma has worked in both private and tertiary education settings where she has developed an excellent reputation for her strong commitment to improving the lives of people who stutter. Emma has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who stutter. Emma is also very interested and experienced in working with children with speech, language and literacy difficulties.  

Emma is a Speech Pathology Australia Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, meaning that she ensures her professional knowledge remains current and evidence-based.  Emma has experience using a variety of treatments for stuttering including the Lidcombe Program, Syllable Timed Speech, Self-Imposed Time Out, Stuttering Modification and Speech Restructuring (Camperdown Program, Smooth Speech Programs). Emma is also a Certified Hanen Therapist having completed Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk. 

As a mother of 2 young children, Emma understands and appreciates the difficulties faced by many parents and provides an empathetic and supportive approach to empower them in every possible way throughout the therapy process. Emma believes that building a strong relationship with clients and their families is integral to a successful outcome in treatment. 

 Emma also works as a clinical educator and casual lecturer at the University of Queensland, teaching and educating students in stuttering across the lifespan.  

Terese Fullerton

Terese Fullerton is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, with over 25 years of experience working with children through to adults with communication and feeding difficulties. Terese graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Therapy in 1992.

In her career, Terese has worked in the hospital setting in Victoria and overseas with acute in-patients (paediatrics and adults) with feeding and communication issues. She has also worked extensively in community health and early intervention settings with children with disability.

Terese has a special interest and training in working with dysphagia and other sensory-motor feeding issues, autism, as well as other developmental and neurological disorders. She has also worked as a clinical educator and mentor for Speech Pathology students and new graduates. 

Terese has trained in the use of the SOS feeding Program, Social Stories, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Key Signing and Sounds-Write. She has many years of experience in working in a family-centred and collaborative way. She believes that working on goals that will make a difference to the lives of her families on a day to day basis will have the most impact. Terese has worked in multi-disciplinary teams acting as the key worker and advocate for families and the client with additional needs.

Terese is passionate about the importance of communication and the right of all people to be able to communicate using speech, supportive technology or alternative means (signing, picture communication, high tech voice output). She is skilled in using and building visual communication supports and utilises visuals in all sessions.

Beth McBride

In a few words: My passion is helping children and adults to get the most out of life by supporting their speech, language and literacy development, as well as healthy voice production. Supporting parents to support their kids is a big part of the process.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with First Class Honours (University of Queensland, 1995). Although Speech Pathology is my ideal profession, I couldn’t resist following my interest in singing, so I have since studied a Master of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Opera. 

In times past: As a Speech Pathologist I’ve worked in various private practices (Speechcare is my favourite), the Education Department and briefly in Disability Services. As a Singer, I worked for 3 years as a Young Artist at Opera Queensland and delivered Music Education workshops in metro and regional high schools.

Rachel McKenzie

In a few words: I enjoy helping clients and their families to reach their goals. I am always pleased to celebrate successes and gains with clients. I love my job and particularly enjoy working with school age children who have language, speech, literacy and fluency needs.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (University of Queensland). I have attended professional development courses including the Lidcombe Program for stuttering, Speech and Language Assessment Administration and Interpretation by Pearson, and the implementation of Assistive Communication Devices (Proloquo2Go).

In times past: I have worked with young children in a childcare setting and school age children through the ACT Government. I have worked with mainstream clients as well as children with severe disabilities and complex needs. I enjoy working across all areas.

Claire Scott

In a few words: I love working as a Speech Pathologist because I love working with children and adults and their families. I love getting to know families and supporting them through their communication or swallowing concerns. I especially love working in early speech and language development and providing health promotion presentations for childcare and kindergarten teachers to help with early identification of speech and language concerns in children. 

My credentials:  I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009. Since then I have trained in the LSVT program and in the Hanen "It takes two to talk" program along with attending a number of other training events in paediatric speech and language.

In times past: I have worked for 6 years for Queensland Health at Dalby Hospital providing adult and paediatric speech pathology services. I have worked in a broad range of clinical areas from early language development to end of life swallowing management.


janet McKee (formerly sheehy)

In a few words: I love working with adults, whose personal and social well-being and quality of life is affected by a communication disorder. I have a lot of experience in helping people with aphasia, dysarthria, or cognitive – language problems associated with brain injury or early-onset dementia. I also have experience in helping people with hearing impairment, stuttering and voice difficulties. In my work, I like to include communication partners in the family, who also feel the effects of the communication problem.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland.  I have continued to develop my qualifications and special interest areas with regular professional development. I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP- Speech Pathology Australia).

In times past: Throughout my career, I have had extensive experience in hospital settings, both in outpatients and in rehabilitation units - most recently for 20 years at the Mater Adult and Private Hospitals. As well, I have worked with the Mater (Adult) Cochlear Implant Clinic team.


Belinda wade

In a few words: I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the children and families I work with.  I enjoy working with children of all ages and have a special interest in young children with delayed speech and language development, children on the Autism Spectrum, children with complex developmental needs, infants and children with feeding and mealtime management difficulties and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I also love to lead Hanen parent training programs.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (UQ); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia); Hanen trained Speech Pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More than Words, You Make the Difference. I am also trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Lidcombe stuttering program, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, and Triple P.

In times past: I have worked in a variety of settings including Education Queensland, special care nurseries, hospitals, community health and private practice.



Joy-Ann Hart

Joy-Ann Hart is passionate about working with children and their families in achieving functional communication skills. Joy has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and working with families with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

Joy has extensive knowledge in developing individualised treatment plans for children to suit the  family’s needs. Therapy sessions are structured around the child’s interest and goals. Family members are provided with feedback and guidance on how to replicate results in the home environment.

Joy has worked in a range of roles as a Speech Pathologist with an autism speciality. This includes working in transdisciplinary settings, clinic settings, leading multidisciplinary teams, leading teams of Speech Pathologists, developing individualised plans and developing therapy strategies, as well as hosting workshops.

Joy holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland, (graduated 2014) and Masters of Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Monash University, (graduated 2019).

Joy is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.

Joy is trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Language Acquisition Motor Planning (LAMP), Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) and has attended multiple professional development events on the implementation of Proloquo2go.

Joy is also trained in the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme.


Vivien Wood

In a few words: I’m passionate about working as a Speech-Language Pathologist to support and facilitate the communication of my clients. I enjoy working with my clients and their families to make their experience at the clinic both rewarding and fun!

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) from the University of Queensland. I am also a Registered User of the Derbyshire Language Scheme which supports early language development.

In times past: I have experience working with the Department of Education to support student communication and participation in the classroom and access to the curriculum.



Shaun Ziegenfusz

In a few words:  Shaun provides speech pathology services for young people from 0 to 18years and their families. Shaun conducts assessment, intervention and training to develop speech, language, literacy and mealtime strategies. 

As a parent of two young children, Shaun understands the hustle and bustle of family life and will tailor support to suit your needs

My credentials: Shaun graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Speech Pathology Studies (2007) and completed a Master of Special Education at Griffith University (2012). He has extensive experience working with young people and families in early childhood and school settings.

Shaun is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia, as well as an editorial committee member for a peer-reviewed journal and representative for Australia/New Zealand on the Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) International Committee. Shaun is currently enrolled at Griffith University as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate where he combines his interest and experience in speech pathology and education to research students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

"My vision is to improve the educational outcomes for all students with DLD in Australia. I am currently researching the needs and necessary supports for students with DLD from the perspective of key stakeholders.  My passion is blending clinical experience and research to support young people, families, professionals and schools."

Follow Shaun on Twitter | @shaunziegenfusz
Follow his research on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter | @DLDEdResearch


Simone Hohaus

In a few words: I love working with kids every day because at heart I still am one! I am passionate about upskilling parents to be the best language teacher they can be for their child. I have particular interest and training in supporting families with children on the Autism Spectrum or who have Complex Communication Needs. I also enjoy working with adolescents and adults to identify and reach functional outcomes that have a real impact on their day-to-day quality of life. 

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (UQ); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia); Hanen trained Speech Pathologist qualified to lead More than Words and Talkability; PODD (Pragmatic Organised Dynamic Display) Introductory and Alternative Access, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Level 1 and LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) trained.

In times past: Initially, I worked for the Department of Education and Training for a period of 4 years providing speech pathology services in the Toowoomba and Chinchilla areas. I then moved into private practice in Toowoomba and on the Gold Coast supporting clients accessing the NDIS prior to joining the Speechcare team.

Alyse Marshall

In a few words: Speech Pathology is a fantastic and rewarding career as you are always helping people work towards important communication goals.  I enjoy working across all areas of Speech Pathology but particularly enjoy working with school-aged children with language and literacy difficulties.

My credentials: I graduated from the University of Queensland with first-class Honours.  Speech Pathology is my second career – I also have a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Masters in Clinical Physiology.  I worked as a Cardiac Scientist before becoming a Speech Pathologist!

In times past: I have previously worked for an NGO in the Gulf of Carpentaria, servicing rural and remote communities within a multidisciplinary health team.  I have also worked for Children’s Health Queensland in a Health Promotion role and in a Private Practice in NSW.

Dr Nicole Watts Pappas

Dr Nicole Watts Pappas is a certified practicing Speech Pathologist with 24 years experience working in educational, hospital and community health settings and now private practice.  Nicole completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, a Master’s degree at the University of Sydney (where she majored in fluency and speech sound disorders) and a PhD at Charles Sturt University which was focused on working with families of children with speech sound impairment. Nicole has lectured in speech sound disorders and early language development at Charles Sturt University and Griffith University and has served as the editor of the The Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology. She has written numerous peer reviewed journal articles as well as a book – “Working with Families in Speech Language Pathology”.

Nicole has a special interest in working with children with speech sound production difficulties and their families. She also enjoys working in the areas of stuttering, early language and literacy. Nicole is a trained presenter of the It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More than Words and Talkability Hanen programs. She has also completed training in the Lidcombe program for children who stutter, PROMPT and  the Nuffield program for children with developmental verbal dyspraxia, the Sounds-Write program for children with literacy difficulties and has completed the Queensland Children’s Hospital’s training program for paediatric feeding difficulties.

The thing Nicole enjoys the most about working as a Speech Pathologist is seeing a child’s whole world improve with the ability to communicate and empowering parents with the confidence to assist their child now and in the future. She also enjoys playing with the toys…

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