Our People

Here at Communicare we pride ourselves on lifelong learning and gaining new skills to assist our clients to achieve their best. Amongst other approaches, we are trained in:

  • It Takes Two to Talk® – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays
  • More than Words® – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Picture Exchange Communication (PECS®)
  • Key Word Signing
  • Paediatric Dysphagia – Swallowing and feeding difficulties in children
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualising and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® (V/V®)
  • Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech (LiPS®)
  • MULTILIT – Making Up Lost Time in Literacy
  • The Spalding Method®
  • The Sounds-Write Program – An evidence based phonics approach that supports clients in achieving their literacy based targets in both reading and spelling.
  • Talk for Writing – An approach to support students with learning and language difficulties to develop stronger writing skills.
  • Blades – Language Approach to aid children with language delays
  • Shape Coding – Teaching Grammar to School Aged Children
  • PROMPT – Stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to speech therapy, which means that the speech-language pathologist uses touch cues on the client’s face (vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement of these articulators. Through these specialized touch cues, the speech-language pathologist is able to guide the client through a series of syllables, words or phrases. This hands-on approach assists the client to plan, coordinate and produce speech sounds. Touch cues are faded as the client’s speech production improves. PROMPT©-trained speech-language pathologists take into account, not only the physical aspects of speech production (how to physically make the sounds using the lips, tongue, etc.), but also the other areas of the child’s development, such as language development, as well as social and emotional implications. The result is a holistic approach to the child’s speech-sound delay, with an emphasis on practical activities and vocabulary.

OUR PEOPLE ARE WHAT MAKE US


Kate Montgomery

BAppSc (SpPath), CPSP MSPA

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Kate graduated from Speech Pathology in 2002 and has worked with clients from toddlers to adults in the areas of receptive and expressive language, pragmatics (social skills), speech, literacy, stuttering and dysphagia (feeding and swallowing difficulties).

Kate has worked within a range of settings in Australia and the UK where she lived and worked for almost a decade.

Her experience includes working with children who have a broad range of needs including autism, developmental delay, severe language disorder, articulation and phonological disorders as well as literacy difficulties.  Kate has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with specific language impairment and collaborating with education professionals to ensure that these students reach their academic potential. She has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of children with specific language impairment, phonological disorders and reading and writing difficulties/disorders as well as educating professionals in daycare, school and TAFE settings.

Kate is a published author with an article in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

Ebbels, S.H., Nicoll, H., Clark, B., Eachus, B., Gallagher, A., Horniman, K., Jennings, M., Montgomery (nee McEvoy), K., Nimmo, E., Turner., G. (2012). Effectiveness of semantic therapy for children with word finding difficulties in pupils with a persistent language impairment: a randomised control trial. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47: 35-51.Winner of the 2012 IJLCD Article Prize

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When not at work, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


Tyler Russell

M.S. CCC SLP, CPSP MSPA

Tyler trained in the USA, gaining her Bachelor Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Delta State University and a Masters Degree in Communication Science and Disorders from The University of Mississippi.

Tyler enjoys working with both adults and children.

She is an engaging, dynamic therapist who loves working with clients of all ages and their families and seeing them achieve their goals – big or small, “The clients are the best part of the job!”

Tyler is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia and has further training in:

  • PROMPT – Stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to speech therapy, which means that the speech-language pathologist uses touch cues on the client’s face (vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement of these articulators. Through these specialized touch cues, the speech-language pathologist is able to guide the client through a series of syllables, words or phrases. This hands-on approach assists the client to plan, coordinate and produce speech sounds. Touch cues are faded as the client’s speech production improves. PROMPT©-trained speech-language pathologists take into account, not only the physical aspects of speech production (how to physically make the sounds using the lips, tongue, etc.), but also the other areas of the child’s development, such as language development, as well as social and emotional implications. The result is a holistic approach to the child’s speech-sound delay, with an emphasis on practical activities and vocabulary.
  • The Sounds-Write Program – An evidence based phonics approach that supports clients in achieving their literacy based targets in both reading and spelling.

She relocated to Sydney in  2017 with her Australian husband and enjoys all that Australia has to offer.


Cherine Graham

BAppSc (SpPath), CPSP MSPA

Cherine graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney in 2000. 

Cherine has worked in acute hospital settings as well as outpatient & private clinics, home and school settings. She is proficient in Cantonese & Mandarin.

With over two decades of experience, Cherine enjoys providing assessment and therapy services to children and adults with difficulties in the areas of swallowing, receptive and expressive language, articulation, stuttering, accent modification, social communication (pragmatics) and literacy. She focuses on tailoring her therapy to meet the needs of the client and their family.

When not at work, Cherine enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and is an active member of her local community.


Lily Partridge

BAppSc (SpPath), CPSP MSPA

Lily is a dual qualified speech and language pathologist and primary school teacher.

Her warm nature and fun approach to therapy helps to engage her clients and keep them motivated to work towards their therapy goals.

Lily enjoys working with children and young adults who are experiencing barriers to their learning and communication. She particularly enjoys the one-to-one opportunity to support clients in targeting speech sound disorders and literacy difficulties.

Lily completed her Masters in Speech Pathology at the University of Technology Sydney and has further training in:

  • PROMPT – Stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to speech therapy, which means that the speech-language pathologist uses touch cues on the client’s face (vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement of these articulators. Through these specialised touch cues, the speech-language pathologist is able to guide the client through a series of syllables, words or phrases.
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This hands-on approach assists the client to plan, coordinate and produce speech sounds. Touch cues are faded as the client’s speech production improves. PROMPT©-trained speech-language pathologists take into account, not only the physical aspects of speech production (how to physically make the sounds using the lips, tongue, etc.), but also the other areas of the child’s development, such as language development, as well as social and emotional implications. The result is a holistic approach to the child’s speech-sound delay, with an emphasis on practical activities and vocabulary.

  • The Sounds-Write Program – An evidence based phonics approach that supports clients in achieving their literacy based targets in both reading and spelling.
  • Talk for Writing – An approach to support students with learning and language difficulties to develop stronger writing skills.

When not at work Lily can be found in the great outdoors with her Husband, family and friends.

St Luke's Parish Centre    |     Level One     |     4 Heydon Street    |     Mosman     |     NSW     |     2088

Provider Number: 4384253W