Director and Speech Pathologist: Samantha White
Samantha completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours at La Trobe University (Melbourne) in 2000. She is a is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. Since graduating, Samantha has worked across a diverse range of settings, including:
- early intervention;
- mainstream and special schools (including Glenroy Specialist School);
- adult day services and community rehabilitation.
In her 20 years as a speech pathologist Samantha has worked exclusively with children and adults who have complex communication needs and dysphagia arising from a range of severe and multiple disabilities including:
- Cerebral Palsy;
- Rett Syndrome;
- Muscular Dystrophy;
- Angelman Syndrome; and
- other rare neurological and genetic conditions, as well as co-existing sensory, behavioural and learning challenges.
Samantha is passionate about supporting clients with complex communication needs to develop their autonomous communication. She has extensive experience in the assessment, prescription, customisation and implementation of Assistive Technology for communication, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems (no tech, light tech and high tech).
Samantha works in partnerships with individuals and their support networks to find the communication solution that best supports their language development, communication, play and learning. She is experienced in providing ongoing support and training for communication partners (including staff in education settings) to implement communication systems to maximise individuals learning, communication and participation within their daily life.
Samantha has a wealth of experience working with children who have complex feeding difficulties, including tube feeding. This includes conducting assessments, developing mealtime plans that address safety and skill development and providing training and ongoing support for care givers and support staff.
Samantha provides clinical supervision and peer support and mentoring to allied health colleagues and provides medicolegal consultancy services throughout Victoria.
Samantha is committed to ongoing professional development and has completed additional training in:
- Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) communication books
- Key word sign
- Hanen ‘It takes two to talk’
- The Four blocks literacy approach
- Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding
- Graduate certificate in paediatric feeding
- Dysphagia Disorders Survey