About Sound Bites
Sound Bites (Speech and Feeding) is an Adelaide-based Paediatric Speech Pathology Service which specialises in feeding and communication from birth to adolescence.
We have a mix of experience and enthusiasm designed to help you and your child reach their goals.
At Sound Bites we keep our client numbers low, to enable us to offer a quality individualised service.
Alison Spurr is an experienced Speech Pathologist who has worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Craniofacial Department and Allied Health), Department of Education and is now a Senior Paediatric Speech Pathologist at Flinders Medical Centre. Alison has been a Clinical Educator for Flinders University for nearly 10 years and currently lectures in the areas of cleft lip and palate in the Masters, Undergraduate and Audiology programs.
Rhianna Cheney is an empathetic and passionate Speech Pathologist who will work closely with you and your family. Her genuine and caring interest in supporting people with communication difficulties guides her to build trusting relationships with each person that she works with. It is this that has driven Rhianna to enjoy over three years working in private practice across a range of settings, including homes, schools, kindergartens and in-clinic. Whilst she was studying, she also travelled to India to work in a special school, and competed placement through the Department for Education and Child Development in Port Augusta. Rhianna’s motivation and ongoing dedication to learning, supports her to seek the most appropriate evidence based approach and to ensure that therapy is tailored to suit each individual and their needs. She has developed a particular interest in supporting children to develop their literacy skills and has completed the Sounds-Write training program. Rhianna also has completed specific training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication including PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) and Proloquo2Go. Rhianna also enjoys supporting children with their social interactions and so completed further training presented by Michelle Garcia Winner on “Using the Social Thinking Methodology to Support Social Learning”.
Janie has previously worked as a Speech Pathologist for the Department for Education in a range of rural and remote preschools and schools across both mainstream and special class settings. She has experience in working closely with teachers, parents, early childhood workers and student support officers to conduct dynamic assessments and implement intervention programs for a variety of speech and language delays and disorders as well as early literacy skills. She has advocated for children who have complex needs such as identified trauma, autism and global developmental delay. Working in regional communities that are culturally and linguistically diverse has enabled her to develop an excellent set of problem-solving and communication skills.
Janie is committed to supporting children and their families through ongoing professional development and the provision of quality, evidence-based practices. She has completed training in CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech), Augmentative and Alternative Communication including PODD and Proloquo2Go and is currently finishing a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion. Janie has worked at Flinders University as a research assistant and has also presented her own research about parent knowledge regarding early childhood health, wellbeing and development at Speech Pathology Australia’s National Conference. This knowledge and awareness of parental voice is something which she continues to incorporate into her daily practice.
Tara is a passionate speech pathologist and has a dual qualification in education. She has worked as a speech pathologist in the disability sector which enabled her to develop knowledge and experience facilitating assessments and interventions in social communication, speech, language and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC). Tara has previously worked as a junior primary teacher in rural and metropolitan South Australia. She has a special interest in Specific Learning Disabilities (dyslexia) and has completed training in systematic synthetic phonics programs. She works closely with parents, teachers and other professionals to develop individualised interventions and is committed to using current evidence based practice.
Accounts manager Sue Vardas has worked in banking and small business book-keeping for many years. Her efficient record keeping and meticulous attention to detail are complemented by her empathetic and caring nature and her ability to communicate effectively.