Liz Withers

Liz is an experienced paediatric speech pathologist with a special interest in the areas of early speech and language development and feeding.  Before joining the team at The Speechie Spot, Liz worked in the public sector first with school age children in Melbourne and for the past 15 years with young children and their families at Queensland Health’s Child Development Service.

Liz has expertise in working with children with delayed language, training as a Hanen It Takes Two to Talk early language program facilitator in 2003.  It Takes Two to Talk is a research based early intervention program and through this Liz has supported families to understand their child’s language challenges and enabled them to support and grow their child’s language development.  Over the years Liz has added to her repertoire of Hanen programs to include Target Word – a Hanen program for Late Talkers and more recently More Than Words and Talkabilty – Hanen programs for children with Autism and Social Communication difficulties.

Since having her own children, Liz has developed an interest in early feeding challenges, including fussy eaters.  She has completed further training in feeding programs including Picky Eaters v’s Problem feeders – The SOS Approach, Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility and Feeding the Whole Child – A Mealtime Approach by Suzanne Evans Morris.

Liz has maintained current practices in speech sound disorders with recent training in differential diagnosis and treatment of Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and speech difficulties related to Cleft Palate.

Liz is trained in the gold standard Lidcombe approach to stuttering intervention and has supported many families with a child who stutters.

With a passion for working with children and their families, Liz sees children as part of the whole family and social environment in which they live.  This includes considering their functioning and participation within the family and daycare/school environments. Liz looks forward to building relationships with families and supporting them to identify and achieve their goals with their child.

If you would like to know more about what Liz, or would like to book a consultation, check out The Speechie Spot or call Pathways to Expression on (07) 3261 2909 

After working for many years in various parts of Australia, Asia and Central America as a teacher, lecturer and researcher of language, Kerry’s unrelenting passion for language and communication now finds her a privately practicing Speech Pathologist of more than 10 years.  Throughout her journey, she has acquired a deep knowledge of literacy development, and of both language acquisition and language loss.  She also has a personal and professional interest in stuttering and aphasia rehabilitation.


Today, Kerry is found at the Speechie Spot, in Pathways to Expression. She meets with clients of all ages and backgrounds, partnering with individuals and their families to not only set personalized, achievable goals to address difficulties in the areas of communication and swallowing, but to work alongside clients in therapy and thorough consultation to see targets met.

 
Kerry’s caseload spans from short-term assessments to meeting with long-term clients in order to maintain their progression toward their goals.  Her years in the Speech Pathology field has seen Kerry work with children and adults of all ages across a wide range of needs, such as speech/language/social skill deficits, literacy deficits and learning disorders, neurological impairments, and swallowing disorders.


All appointments are individualized  to ensure the client's needs and goals are met.
Kerry is also accredited to deliver the following programs:
LSVT® LOUD Program
Hanen® It Takes Two to Talk
The Listening Program®
The Lidcombe Program®

Kerry maintains CERTIFIED PRACTICING SPEECH PATHOLOGIST status in her registration with Speech Pathology Australia.



If you would like to learn more about what Kerry, or would like to book a consultation, check out The Speechie Spot or call

Pathways to Expression on (07) 3261 2909 

Kerry Townley-O'Neill

Speech Pathology