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
  • Gestalt Language Acquisition
  • 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
  • DownsEd reading approach
  • 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
  • ReST – Rapid Syllable Transition Program
  • PROMPT – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
  • Lidcombe Program for stuttering
  • Syllable Timed Speech – Intervention for Stuttering.

OUR PEOPLE ARE WHAT MAKE US


Kate Montgomery – Speech Pathologist

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.


Alyssia Pycraft – Speech Pathologist

MSpPath, CPSP MSPA, BA

Alyssia pursued speech pathology as it combines her passions for language, science and helping others. 

She completed her Masters degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Technology Sydney following completion of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics.

Alyssia enjoys working with both adults and children. Her friendly and dynamic nature helps her to connect with clients and their families.

Whilst not at work, Alyssia enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her two cats, getting creative with arts and crafts and watching both women’s and men’s English football games. 


Cherine Graham – Speech Pathologist

BAppSc (SpPath), CPSP MSPA

Cherine has over 20 years experience as a speech pathologist since graduating 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.


Laura Kean – Speech Pathologist

BAppSc (SpPath), CPSP MSPA

Laura is a speech and language pathologist who studied at The Australian Catholic University. Thorough experience as a disability support worker with both children and adults as well as being a piano teacher allow her to bring her creativity to the therapy that she provides.

Laura’s calm and patient nature is appreciated by clients and families alike.

Laura loves meeting new clients and drilling down on how she can make a real difference with their development. Her special interests are in early intervention and providing support for those with complex disabilities.

When not at work Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Lily Partridge – Speech Pathologist

MSpPath, CPSP MSPA, BEd(Prim)

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.

When not at work Lily can be found in enjoying the great outdoors with her young family.

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

Provider Number: 4384253W