Esther Bird

Esther Bird

Assistant Clinical Director – Speech Pathology

Esther currently holds the position of Assistant Clinical Director – Speech Pathology. She has worked in the sector for over 20 years and is a Senior Therapist at DWSP. Esther has extensive experience in disability, early intervention and educational settings.

Esther is committed to using her therapy to improve communication skills and quality of life for her clients. She has had a wide range of experience working with children and adults who require augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) systems, including LAMP, Tobii Dynavox devices, eye gaze access, PODD, low-tech communication aids, Key Word Sign, ipad apps etc. She is experienced in supporting adults and children with complex communication needs and is a member of AGOSCI.

Esther employs music as a part of her therapy sessions. She is skilled and experienced in teaching Key Word Signs, language and social skills through the use of music. Esther is enthusiastic about music in her therapy and she feels that it contributes greatly to her clients’ progress.

Her therapy sessions support children with pre-verbal skill development, early social interaction skills and early speech and language development. She is committed to the principles of neurodiverse affirming practice. 

Aside from her clinical work, Esther leads the SP leadership team to coordinate continuous service improvement and learning for all our speech pathologists. She also trains and mentors staff. She is particularly skilled at helping people think outside of the box.

Prior to DWSP Esther held the position of Senior Speech Pathologist at ComTEC (Yooralla). There she supported individuals and families throughout Victoria with complex communication needs.

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