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 four years working in private practice across a range of settings, including homes, schools, kindergartens and in-clinic. 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 Research Assistant for Flinders University as well as a Speech Pathologist for the Department for Education in rural and remote preschools and schools. She has worked across a range of practice areas including speech, language, feeding, literacy, social communication and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is committed to supporting children and their families through ongoing professional development and the provision of quality, evidence-based practices. Janie has completed training in CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech), PODD, Proloquo2Go, Sounds Write and in 2020 received a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion.
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.