Meet Esther

How long have you been with DWSP?

I’ve been working at DWSP for 4 and a half years now.

In a couple of sentences, talk us through your role at DWSP

My role is a Senior Speech Pathologist.  This means I provide Speech Pathology services to a wide range of people from preschoolers through to adults, in the clinic and also out in the community.

I support the Speech Pathologists in the team through mentoring, supervision, and training, as well as taking a leadership role in the practice, developing policies and new ways of delivering care. 

What is your favourite part of your role?

I really enjoy working with families who have preschool children on the Autism spectrum. One family wrote a book about me saying “my name is Esther, my job is playing with kids”! I believe in play-based learning where everyone has fun and where kids can build their communication skills naturally.

I have also taken on running some of the preschool music programs this term, while our Music Therapist, Laura is on maternity leave.  I am loving combining my passions of singing/songwriting and speech pathology with the families in the group.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up just across the ditch in Christchurch, New Zealand.  I’ve lived in Melbourne for over 12 years now, so I consider myself to have 2 homes.

Before DWSP, what was the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever had?

I was a tea lady in a nursing home for 4 years while I was studying at university. That was quite high pressure, you never want to mess up someone’s cup of tea preference!

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I like being in the bush, growing vegies and doing a bit of very basic crochet.

If you could be a superhero, what would your superpower be?

I’d like to be able to speak all the different languages in the whole world! That would be amazing fun.