SPELD NSW has strong connections to the speech pathology profession and in recent years has fostered ongoing relationships with leading speech pathologists to support the organisation’s mission and develop its suite of professional learning programs. SPELD NSW is pleased to have experienced speech pathologists on our referral database supporting families and children in NSW.
Due to continuued demand for professional learning, SPELD NSW is delighted to welcome our first speech pathologist to the team, Talia Silberstein.
Talia has worked as a Speech Pathologist across the continuum of speech and communication disorders, both in Australia and England in health care, community health and school settings.
A Masters in Public Health has also been the basis for organisational roles in service delivery and change management. Most recently she worked at an independent school in Sydney, providing small group and individual intervention to students with a variety of language and literacy disorders while also providing advice on Tier 1 best practice instruction.
During this time, she supported students with their learning in the classroom. This gave Talia first-hand experience with the discrepancy that can occur between the ‘clinic’ setting and the classroom and some of the strategies that are effective in mitigating the impact on achievement.
Talia has experience with a number of the comorbidities that occur with Dyslexia such as Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Developmental Language Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder and how they can impact learning.
“I am passionate about providing early intervention to young students in those critical early years to foster a love of books and reading and to support students to reach their full potential. Empowering parents with the tools and understanding to best help their struggling reader is a fundamental part of my approach. Commencing work for a not for profit like SPELD NSW is an exciting opportunity and I am looking forwarding to connecting with teachers, parents, and other professionals to raise the achievement standards for children with specific learning difficulties,” said Talia.
As a member of Speech Pathology Australia, Talia recommends their fact sheets and has provided them numerous times over the years particularly The Sound of Speech for Preschool and School Aged Children and Stuttering to teachers and parents. The Communication Milestones Kit provides easily accessible information for parents and carers regarding the talking and understanding milestones for children aged 1-5 years.
Talia’s go to children’s author is Julia Donaldson whose books are well known, but her favourite is The Snail and the Whale about a unique and unlikely friendship, bravery, and the power of asking for help.
“A book with a different feel but equally touching is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein which she could rarely get through without tearing up. Also, about a unique relationship and what truly brings us happiness, it is written simplistically with black and white hand drawn images but the power of the metaphor is enormous. A great read for both adults and children and very timely,” added Talia.
The first task on Talia’s to-do list is to get to know her teammates and colleagues and help them meet the ever-growing demand for the services provided at SPELD NSW. Please join us in welcoming Talia to the team.