Speech Pathologists

Jenna Ward-Hawkes

Speech Pathologist

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Jenna Ward-Hawkes is a passionate and creative Speech Pathologist whose primary focus has been working with children who have been diagnosed with any Speech, Language or Pervasive Developmental Disorder as well as with their families in both a public and private setting.  Jenna completed her Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) and her Masters of Speech Pathology at Flinders University.

Jenna has had extensive experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.  Jenna has provided over thousands of Adelaide families and interstate families with Speech Pathology intervention and behavioural early intervention and assessment.  She has been an Applied Behavioural/Verbal Therapist for 9 years and she worked at Headstart for 8 years as an ABA consultant then as a Speech Pathologist.   She also worked within the child development unit team at Lyell McEwin Hospital.  For 3.5 years Jenna was a senior therapist and Clinic Manager at the Flinders Early Intervention Research Program.  Jenna has also co-ordinated and presented conferences/workshops across South Australia, in Darwin, regional New South Wales and in Mildura with the aim to train professionals and caregivers in behavioural strategies and communication supports.

Jenna is recognised by The Autism Association of SA as able to provide diagnostic services for children, adolescents and adults suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Currently Jenna is able to offer the following Speech Pathology services:

• Diagnostic services for children, adolescents and adults suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Assessment of your child’s speech and language skills

• Assessment for school age children also includes evaluation of their phonological awareness (literacy) abilities which relates to their reading and spelling

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Tim Kittel

Speech Pathologist

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Tim Kittel brings over 15 years of speech pathology experience working in the UK and Australia to Headstart Intervention Services.
Tim diagnoses a range of developmental disorders including Language Disorder, Social Communication Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the 5 years spent working in health sites across London, he delivered a range of assessments and evidence-based programs to children aged 0-5 years of age. In Australia he’s worked in a range of health and disability settings, and chiefly in senior roles within the education sector. Tim profiles clients’ abilities to understand and use language, and constructs relevant, attainable and individualised strategies to assist them, their families and teachers in the classroom and at home. 
Tim’s work with upper primary and secondary students is highly regarded across South Australia. Using action-based research, he set up sustainable models of speech pathology service provision in a number of high schools, working in partnership with principals and teachers. He is regularly invited to present lectures to students at Flinders University on “Adolescents and Language Disorder”, in which he describes the significant impacts of language disorder later in life and role of speech pathology in teaching vital strategies. Tim has also designed and presented a range of workshops for teachers and other professionals on establishing support for students presenting with language disorders.
In addition to a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, he holds an Honours Degree in English Literature. 
Tim consults from the Wayville Office.
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Georgia Hank

Speech Pathologist

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Georgia is a caring and enthusiastic Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with paediatric and adult populations. In particular, she has experience working with those who have autism spectrum disorders, fluency concerns, literacy difficulties, language goals, speech sound production errors and those who are picky and fussy eaters. She completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in 2015. 

Georgia previously worked as an Allied Health Assistant at Headstart throughout 2015 while studying at university. This saw her traveling to the homes of families with children with an autism spectrum disorder to provide speech pathology services specific to the individual’s and families goals. 

Georgia has experience working with children from an early age of 0-5 years through to school aged children and adolescents, as well as adults in rehabilitative contexts. Georgia is certified and trained in using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding intervention.  This is an approach to feeding therapy that works towards increasing the variety and range of foods in a child’s diet. Georgia is also recognised by The Autism Association of SA as able to provide diagnostic assessments for children, adolescents and adults suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Georgia is passionate about speech and language, particularly working in collaboration with schools in providing the best service for children and their families. She has had experience delivering speech pathology assessments and intervention programs that are individually tailored. Georgia ensures she meets the goals of the family by collaborating with other professionals to support their child’s needs. 

Georgia consults from our Wayville office from Monday to Friday.

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Sophie Orchard

Speech Pathologist

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Sophie is an energetic, caring and compassionate Speech Pathologist with a specific interest in working with children and adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families. She completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in 2016. 
Sophie has experience in working with children aged 0-5, school age children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of speech and language needs. Sophie has a specific interest in providing intervention around social problem solving and behaviour management for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Social problem solving is a skill that is often challenging for people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Sophie aims to help clients develop appropriate strategies for navigating tricky social solutions.  All inall, this helps clients to develop perspective and build relationships with others.
Sophie aims to provide clients and their families with evidence-based, individualised intervention that best facilitates their participation in everyday life. She enjoys building strong therapeutic relationships with parents and schools to ensure clients get the most out of therapy.
Sophie consults from Gawler on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
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Kirsty Jones

Speech Pathologist

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Kirsty is a compassionate and committed Speech Pathologist with a particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in 2016.

Kirsty has experience working with children in early intervention and primary school settings, with a focus on speech, language, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also worked with adults within a rehabilitation setting. Kirsty has experience collaborating with schools and other professionals to meet the goals of her clients and their families. While in her final two years of university, Kirsty worked as a Speech Pathology Assistant. This involved implementing home-based Speech Pathology intervention programs to support children with communication difficulties.

Kirsty is passionate about working closely with clients and their families to provide tailored, evidence-based speech pathology services that suit the individual’s needs.

Kirsty consults from Gawler.

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