After working in a variety of practices for many years Anja Kalbus started CommuniKIDS, with practices located in the Sutherland Shire and St George area, dedicated to Speech Therapy for children and adolescents.
The dream was to create a family friendly practice where they could work collaboratively with parents and professionals to help children overcome speech and language problems in a caring and fun environment.
Their innovative and caring approach is extremely effective, the results speak for themselves. The enthusiasm and passion for what they do is infectious, it’s not surprising that children are motivated to attend and participate in their speech therapy lessons.
Anja Kalbus the director and principle speech pathologist of communiKIDS.
She is an experienced, highly motivated speech pathologist, who specialises in working with the paediatric population. Anja has previously worked for private practices, not-for-profit organisations as well as providing in-home care for children with a disability.
Anja has completed training in ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Connect Therapy (for children on the Autism Spectrum), Makaton (sign language) and SCERTS (a social communication approach for children on the Autism Spectrum).
Anja’s clinical skills include the diagnosis and management of children with auditory processing difficulties, speech sound disorders (including dyspraxia), oral language disorders, learning and literacy difficulties and stuttering. She has a special interest in working with children who have additional needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Encephalitis, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome and Down Syndrome. Anja is bilingual, being proficient in English and German.
Suzi Madzoski is the Practice Manager at communiKIDS.
She understands and appreciates the difficulties faced by many families and provides an empathetic and supportive approach. With her positive attitude, she is dedicated and strongly committed on building a friendly environment for our clients and our therapists.
Suzi has extensive experience with over 11 years in administration and managerial roles and is passionate about delivering high quality service. She supports and encourages open communication between families, therapists, schools and other health professionals to assist our clients in meeting their goals. ‘The rewards of seeing a child grow confidence in the face of communication challenges is why I enjoy working at communiKIDS.’
Kristina Vulkanovski is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.
She is a highly motivated and passionate Speech Pathologist, who enjoys helping children of all ages to manage problems with their communication. Kristina aims to provide a family-centred approach to therapy and tailors her sessions to suit the needs of her clients.
Kristina graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She has worked with children in a variety of different settings including schools, preschools, community health centres and home visits in Sydney and Darwin. She is skilled in clinical areas of early intervention, speech and language delay, stuttering and literacy. Kristina loves to work within a multidisciplinary team, liaising closely with Occupational Therapists, Special Education teachers, Psychologists and Paediatricians.
Kristina is a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is committed to furthering her professional development and maintaining evidence-based practice through training workshops and ongoing professional development courses. Kristina has a particular interest in reading and spelling difficulties.
Sumiyya Alam is a Certified Speech Pathologist and a practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Sumiyya completed her Bachelors of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from The University of Sydney. Sumiyya was driven to becoming a Speech Pathologist given her love for working with children, helping others and making a difference to peoples lives. Previously, she worked as a private tutor and learning support assistant to children of varying ages and abilities.
Sumiyya has provided Speech Pathology services in a range of settings, such as preschools, primary schools, homes, and private clinics. She has a range of experiences in delivering therapy for language stimulation, language intervention, literacy difficulties and social skills, with a particular interest in stuttering and speech sound disorders.
Sumiyya is multilingual- fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. She is personally driven as a clinician, with a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. She has completed a variety of workshops, including Keyword Sign (Makaton), Sign Language (AUSLAN) and Voicecraft.
Whitney Tran is a qualified Speech Pathologist registered with Speech Pathology Australia.
Whitney graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), and has a passion for helping children and families achieve their goals. As a speech pathologist, she has experience working with families and children in rural and metropolitan schools, preschools and private clinics, providing both assessments and treatment in areas of expressive and receptive language, speech sound disorders, articulation difficulties and stuttering. In these experiences, Whitney has worked closely with teachers, paediatricians, learning support staff and families.
She is a highly dedicated and caring Speech Pathologist who always strives to provide the best quality service to her clients and their families. Whitney always believes in the children that she works with and understands their unique differences and needs. She tailors her therapy sessions to suit each child and their family, and always aims to make it as fun as possible. Whitney also has a positive attitude towards her own learning as a Speech Pathologist, and is always looking to develop her own clinical skills to benefit the families with whom she works with. She has participated in professional development activities that are focused on Key Word Sign, Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and Cultural Awareness Training. Whitney’s commitment to communiKIDS stems from the rewards of being able to support children and their families in reaching their goals, no matter how big or small.
Michelle Rossiter is passionate about working with children and their families to provide a tailored and quality service.
Michelle believes the learning process for children should be dynamic and engaging to ensure the best results. As a speech pathologist, Michelle can provide a wide range of services treating speech sound disorders, articulation difficulties, expressive and receptive language delays, stuttering, voice disorders and literacy difficulties (reading and writing).
Michelle graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Previously she has worked with children as a camp counsellor in a summer camp. Michelle’s approach to therapy is based on the belief that all children are unique and can often learn in different ways. Knowing this she endeavours to customise therapy sessions for each child. Michelle is committed to her own ongoing education as a member of the Speech Pathology Australia organisation, as well as through attending seminars and participating in special interest groups concerning early intervention and school age populations.
Tahnee Westbury – BAppSc(Occupational Therapy) AHPRA Registered OT
Senior Occupational Therapist and Director of HOPALONG Occupational Therapy for Children
Tahnee has significant clinical experience working with children and their families as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in Sydney, London and rural England since 2003.
She has a passion for and works extensively with students with a variety of learning and motor skill difficulties, individually and in groups while managing the team of occupational therapists across HOPALONG Occupational Therapy for Children, Peakhurst and North Strathfield Centres.
At HoPALoNG we are not limited to offering one type of therapy service. We combine therapeutic techniques with a play-based, fun approach to therapy, to ensure the goals most important for your child are successfully achieved. Therapy options are based on the latest research and designed to meet your child’s unique needs. Our purpose built facility boasts a therapy gymnasium that is designed to integrate therapy services to support your child through their program while building their skills and confidence.
Our therapists make occupational therapy fun! Through enjoyable play based activities and positive interaction, our Occupational Therapists skilfully guide your child through a process of discovering how their body works and what it can do to improve their skills, confidence and success.
Hopalong is registered for funding and rebates through Medicare (CDM, Mental Health Plan and Helping Children with Autism) as well as DSS funding for Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with a Disability. Private Health rebates may also be accessible. http://www.hopalong.com.au/