My name is Rosie Dwyer and I am the owner of Speak To Me. I am a New Zealand trained speech-language therapist who graduated from the University of Auckland with a Masters in Speech-Language Therapy Practice. I have over fourteen years of experience working with a wide range of communication needs both in the public (New Zealand Ministry of Education) and private (Dubai Community Health Centre & Speak To Me) sectors.
I am also a mother to two amazing boys, Xavier (4 years) and George (3 years). One of my most favourite parts of being a mum has been watching and listening to both boys say their first words and learn how to talk. Their communication fascinates me both as a mother and a speech therapist. As a parent we have a great influence on how our child develops their communication skills. As a speech-language therapist my main goal is to teach and empower you with the tools needed to positively impact your child’s speech and language development.
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.
In my clinical experience I work with children of all ages, in many different settings, who present with speech delay, speech disorders, language delay, language disorders, learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, development delay, developmental disorders, hearing loss, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, stuttering, phonological awareness and auditory processing difficulties.
I am trained in the following therapy programmes; Hanen "It Takes Two To Talk" (this is language building programme which helps parents to identify their child’s communication style and stage and to use everyday activities and situations to improve their child’s language skills), the Lidcombe programme (this is an effective evidence based practice used to help pre-schoolers who stutter), Makaton signs, and the Picture Exchange Communication System “PECS” (this is a picture based communication system used to help children develop a functional form of communication and for some children a bridge to verbalisation). I am also registered with the UpsideDowns Education Trust, as are the other therapists at Speak To Me.
I enjoy delivering presentations to schools, preschools, General Practitioners and Parent Centres, on typical speech and language development and possible ‘red flags’ to look out for. I am particularly motivated to help serve the needs of the community and to raise awareness in regard to typical speech and language development and strategies to enhance children’s communication skills.
One of my clinical passions is to work with children who have speech sound disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). I will set up a comprehensive therapy programme for these children and use evidence based therapy practices to motivate and support their speech development. I love using Bjorem Speech Publications products with children who need help with their speech, as these products are engaging and easy to use! In 2020 through to 2021, Rosie was chosen as one of 15 international speech-language therapists as a Bjorem Speech Brand Ambassador, and has had lots of fun using these materials in her sessions.
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.
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