Francine Meedendorp (Director - speech pathologist)
Francine Meedendorp is a highly qualified and very experienced speech-language pathologist with a commitment to excellence, innovation and families-centred services.
Having worked as a speech pathologist for 26 years, Francine has extensive experience working with children of all ages ranges who present with a range of speech, language & developmental challenges. She has a particular interest in treating autism spectrum disorders using developmentally based approaches to intervention (which involves play based social communication, Hanen "More Than Words" & "It Takes Two to Talk", video-modelling, Picture Exchange Communication, PODD, Proloque2Go, social skills training, Social Thinking Curriculum & naturalistic intervention). Francine has been in many varied roles in speech pathology over the past 25 years which has included working in the South Australian Education Department as a curriculum consultant, providing therapy across child care centres and preschools in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide, being instrumental in starting up the Speech and Language Programme at Smithfield Plains Kindergarten. Francine is passionate about what she does which is evident through her warmth, endless energy and her ability to connect with children and families. Francine is trained and accredited in DIR Floortime at the Fellows Level (a developmental approach to the treatment of autism), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Hanen 'It Takes Two to Talk' & 'More Than Words', PODD (basic certification)and Sounds-Write synthetics phonics programme. Francine is also trained in PROMPT for restructuring oral muscular phonetic targets (speech development). She uses the Social Thinking Curriculum (developed by Michele Garcia-Winner) extensively in her treatment of older children with autism spectrum disorders and social communicative challenges. She considers one of her strengths to be in the provision of family based innovative therapy where she can 'think outside the box' in order to provide intervention that is specific and tailor made to the individual child and family concerned.
Sue Glover (speech Pathologist)
Sue has been working with students for many years. Having worked as a primary school teacher and special education support worker for more than 20 years. Sue is keen to work with children and their families in all areas of speech pathology. She is passionate about language and literacy development in children and helping them to better access the curriculum. Sue is a mum and this enables her to relate particularly well to parents and care givers and she can quickly build wonderful rapport with children and their families. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, family and friends. Sue is trained in the Sounds-Write approach to literacy development. This is an evidenced-based synthetics approach to reading and writing remediation.
Joanne Pearce (speech pathologist)
Joanne graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the end of 2015. Her interest in Speech Pathology began at age 10 and has continued to grow ever since. Joanne loves to work with children of any age and their families to help them become the best communicators they can be. Joanne has trained in Key Word Sign, Auslan & Sounds-Write and she has experience with the treatment of stuttering & selective mutism. Joanne is trained to as a DIR practitioner (certification level) and she has also received training for the treatment of social-communication challenges using the Social Thinking Curriculum.
Joy Chok (speech pathologist)
Joy has completed degrees in Clinical Psychology and Speech Pathology. She has had experience working in private practice with the treatment of stuttering, literacy intervention & early intervention for speech and language disorders. Joy has special interest in areas of using alternative augmentative devices (AAC) as a vehicle to give children ‘a voice’ through the use of Proloque2Go. On top of that she has also received training in Key Word Sign. In her free time, Joy loves to cook and collect specialty mugs.
Maria Radimissis has had experience working on-site in schools, with the treatment of stuttering, literacy intervention & early intervention for speech and language disorders. She is formally trained in the Sounds-Write evidenced-based approach to literacy development. Maria loves what she does and this is reflected through her enthusiasm & the energetic approach she brings to her work. In her spare time Maria enjoys teaching Sunday School for the Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Prophet Elias, Norwood. She is also Secretary and committee member of the Central Youth Committee of South Australia (under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia).
Stacey Sullivan (Administration)
Stacey Sullivan has a very vital role in the running of North East Speech Pathology on a day-to-day basis. She loves greeting clients as they come through the door and she is committed to every client, doing her best to make every child feel comfortable when they visit the clinic. She has a particularly strong interest in people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, having had lots of experience with this in her own life. Stacey is a vivacious and outgoing person who brings to the job an uplifting and positive attitude in all that she does. Stacey works closely with the NDIS in order to answer the plethora of questions that our clients have pertaining to matters of funding and service plans.
Andrew Gordon (Reading Specialist)
Andrew Gordon is a specialist in reading & spelling intervention and has worked for over 35 years as a Guidance Officer (psychologist) within the Education Department in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide. He provides intensive 1:1 support for students who require explicit, effective and direct intervention to address a range of literacy issues. He also works closely with parents in relation to how they can maxmise their child's learning in the home environment. In his spare time Andrew loves to spend time cycling and travelling to exotic parts of the world such as the French Alps to stretch his cycling capacities to the maximum. Andrew has been a lieutenant commander in the Australian Navy which has seen him involved in some high profile positions such as training Australia's navy clearance divers. Andrew is highly dedicated to his work and is highly committed to helping children reach their full potential as competent and resilient learners.