SLT, Owner of Speak To Me, Specialist in Speech Sound Disorders
I am a New Zealand trained speech-language therapist with a Masters in Speech-Language Therapy Practice and have been practising for over fourteen years. My clinical passion is to work with children who have speech sound disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). In 2021 I decided to embrace this passion and to start to specialise in speech sound disorders. I love learning all about how to treat speech sound disorders with the most up to date evidence based practice.
What do I mean when I say speech sound disorders and does this apply to my child? I work with children who have articulation delay, lisps, difficulties developing their phonological system (organizing their speech sounds into a system of sound patterns) and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
I am also the mother of two boys (Xavier 5 years & George 4 years), one of which, is currently receiving speech therapy for phonology errors (saying his K sounds as T, saying his G sounds as D, and mixing up consonant clusters clean = pwean). This gives me great insight into how to offer you realistic and practical ideas for follow up practice at home.
I intend to use both my experience as a mother and my extensive years of practising as a speech language therapist to assess your child, set specific goals for your child and to provide you with all the tips and techniques you need to make your child become the best communicator they can be.
I am only accepting new referrals which meet the speech sound criteria.
My name is Gemma Gasson and I am a NZ trained speech-language therapist at Speak To Me. I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy as a Massey Scholar, and received the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association (NZSTA) Student Achievement Award. I have enjoyed seeing a wide range of children and adolescents in my career, spanning over seven years, in both the public sector at a special school and privately in their homes, preschools, schools and our clinic.
I am also a proud mum of my beautiful fighter baby Elle who was born extremely prematurely in 2017. Through her journey, I have developed further appreciation for the significance that medical complications have on children and their families. One of my main passions is engaging holistically with families and understand the individual journey of each child. So, while it has been difficult and emotional at times, I am so grateful that it has allowed me more insight some of the challenges families face. This is important in my goal to personalise therapy strategies that effectively support each child’s development.
I have experience working with children of all ages and adolescents who present with; speech delay, speech disorders, language delay, language disorders, learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, developmental disorders, hearing loss, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, stuttering, phonological awareness and auditory processing difficulties.
I have trained extensively in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to support children who are non-verbal or have limited verbal communication to express their ideas using gestures and signing, iPad applications, a picture exchange system (PECS), visuals and communication boards.
I am passionate and determined about providing a fun, engaging and holistic therapy service to support you and your child. This includes working one-on-one with your child and you to develop the tools and strategies to achieve best possible communication outcomes.
Gemma is currently on maternity leave and not taking on any clients.
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