About Us

VISION AS A TEAM

Our vision is to deliver evidence based and individualised programs, tailored to meet every need. Sydney Therapy & Co work collaboratively with parents and teaching professionals to ultimately see your child succeed in therapy as well as in the classroom.

Why a Speech Pathologist?
As speech language pathologists, we work on helping children and young people to:

use clear speech sounds
follow directions and concepts to understand others in every day environments
use vocabulary that is appropriate for their age to express themselves in thoughts and feelings
manage their social thinking skills for better social interaction with peers and in their community
use a family based stuttering therapy to manage fluency
improve their literacy skills for reading, writing and spelling
improve their skills in written expression for sentences, stories, and expression at all ages of school
access learning in their environments by working closely with schools and other educators
 build life skills in planning, organisation, time management, monitoring, self control and working memory.

The ability to communicate effectively is often taken for granted but is essential in all aspects of every day life.

The specialists in Speech, Language, Literacy & Life Skills

MEET THE TEAM

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Vanessa Leaver

Founder, Owner, Principal Therapist
Speech Pathologist Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia + medicare provider.
Speech Pathology Australia, Private Practice Leader – North/ North West, NSW

Vanessa founded the Lane Cove location in July 2014. Prior to this, she has worked cross culturally over the last 8 years as a Speech Pathologist in Auckland, Tokyo and Sydney. Initially employed with the Ministry of Education in Auckland, the role included working with culturally diverse needs across a variety of speech and language disorders. In 2011, Vanessa started a private practice in Tokyo, Japan, working with expat schools, teachers and families on speech, literacy, and adolescent language difficulties.

Vanessa’s professional experience includes the depth and breadth of working with speech disorders, stuttering, delayed language, coupled with coaching skills in organisation, planning, time management and self-monitoring. She specialises in literacy and sound therapy for reading, spelling and writing. ​ Vanessa is actively involved with Speech Pathology Australia, the national body for the profession, volunteering as North/ North West NSW Private Practice Leader. She enjoys blogs and networking with like-minded professionals. Outside running a business and clients she enjoys running, flower art, inspirational books, design and spending time with people.

Thank you so much for all your help and guidance during our placement. We have learnt so much and had such an incredible experience.
– Sydney University Master students (Jaimie & Ashleigh)

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Tommie Clark

Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia and a medicare provider.
Speech Pathologist – All ages

Tommie completed the Masters of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) at Macquarie University where she focused her research on “Collaboration and Educational Change: the Effects of Teacher Training on Vocabulary Acquisition in Language Impaired Students”. This demonstrates her desire and passion to work with school-aged language clients. As a speech pathologist she continues to upskill and have professional interests in child and adolescent communication difficulties, such as literacy disorders, speech and language delays, and executive functioning to assist adolescents with organisation, social skills and time management. She utilizes a mix of evidence-based intervention approaches, including classroom intervention, one-to-one intervention, consultative therapy, group therapy and parent-training. Having been trained in the Spalding Method, she has extensive skills in the area of literacy with both primary and secondary aged students. In her spare time, she will opt for bike riding, travelling and wine tours, and volunteer her time to community projects around Redfern and Surry Hills.

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Rosy Lloyd

Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia and a medicare provider.
Speech Pathologist – Adolescent focus.

Rosy studied at the University of Birmingham, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies with honours. After arriving in Sydney in 2004 Rosy worked as a graphic designer before completing a Masters of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Sydney. ​ Rosy has worked in paediatric private practice assessing and treating children with a range of difficulties including speech disorders, language delays/ impairments, social skill difficulties, fluency and literacy difficulties and is trained in the Spalding Method. Alongside private practice work, Rosy also works as a Witness Intermediary in the Sydney Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot that commenced in March 2016. This position involves assessing the child victim’s communication needs and informing police and the court on the best ways to communicate with the child giving evidence. Rosy is passionate about incorporating creative ideas into therapy: using drawing, art and play to make therapy both fun and relevant to children and adolescents. When she is not working with other peoples children she spends that time with her own three children, creating, reading and managing life!

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Siew Jin Ooi

Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia and a medicare provider.
Speech Pathologist – All ages

Siew Jin completed the Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University to combine her interests of language and working with young people. Prior to Speech Language Pathology, Siew Jin started her work with students initially in the area of languages having studied German language and literature, and then teaching and leading groups while living in Germany for three years. She also worked in marketing and research at the Austrian Consulate General/Commercial Section and as an executive assistant at a registered training organisation. ​ She has clinical experience in working with children of all levels of speech and language disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, and working with children with language difficulties. She has a particular interest in interacting with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds. ​ Siew Jin enjoys being mum to her three-and-a-half year old boy along with a good cup of tea, book, film or culinary experience. Her other passions include exploring places, cultures, languages and singing having sung with various choirs in Australia and Germany.