About

Did you know over 1.1 million Australians have a communication difficulty?

The ability to communicate is a complex skill that most of us take for granted. We need to understand and use language so that we can interact with others, express our wants and needs, and develop meaningful relationships.

Our Speech Pathologists strive to provide the most effective and evidence-based services for both children and adults. We believe communication is the foundation for lifelong learning and success. We are passionate about enabling children and adults to reach their full potential by supporting their communication.

Meet our team…

Renae King (née Nash) – Owner & Speech Pathologist

Renae has worked with children and adults in school, preschool, and clinic settings over the past seven years. She is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia.

In 2012, Renae travelled to Canada to present her research which studied reading ability in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renae’s research was published in the Journal of Research in Reading in 2014. She continued as a Research Assistant at the University of Sydney while working in a busy private practice in Western Sydney.

Renae moved to Drummoyne at the start of 2017 and opened Nash Speech Pathology shortly after. We initially shared a space with Acute Hearing NSW. After outgrowing the space, Nash Speech Pathology found a new home across the road (Suite 1, Level 2, 224 Victoria Road) in mid-2019. We are now happily settled in our new clinic where we can provide a greater range of services to our community.


Trained In

  • Key Word Sign – using manual sign and natural gesture to support communication.
  • The Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” – engaging parents in their child’s early language intervention.
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • The Hanen Centre “TalkAbility” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to foster the higher-level language and social skills needed for successful conversations and social relationships.
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)– interventions designed to increase positive behaviours, teach new skills, and generalise behaviours to new environments or situations.
  • Fussy Feeding Workshop –supporting children who have fussy or picky eating, food selectivity, food refusal, and/or problem mealtime behaviours.
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills.
  • “The Traffic Jam in my Brain” course – a sensory processing approach to challenges associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences.

Presentations and Publications

  • July 2012 – the Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR) conference, Montreal, Canada
  • December 2012 – the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Publication – Nash R. and Arciuli J. (2014), Prosodic awareness is related to reading ability in children with autism spectrum disordersJournal of Research in Reading. doi: 1111/1467-9817.12033

 

Jessica Van Der Leeden – Speech Pathologist & Clinical Mentor

Jessica is a qualified Speech Pathologist who is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and adults by helping them achieve their right to communication. She is energetic, hard-working and compassionate. Jessica is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia. Jessica has previous experience working in a busy private practice in Southern Sydney.

Jessica is dedicated to her clients and is passionate about helping them achieve success through engaging and effective speech therapy. 

Trained In

  • Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Program – an evidence-based, multimedia program to help children improve their social and emotional resilience.
  • Key Word Sign – using manual sign and natural gesture to support communication.
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills.
  • ReST Rapid Syllable Transition – a treatment used for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
  • Ultrasound Biofeedback – a treatment used for children with persisting Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
  • Mental health training at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.
  • Cultural awareness training at the Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service.

 

Samantha Tate (née Kanaan) – Speech Pathologist

Samantha is a dedicated Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with children and adults to achieve their communication goals. Samantha is committed to building positive relationships with her clients and their families and enjoys liaising with other medical and health professions to support people with complex communication needs. Samantha is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia. Samantha has previous experience working in a busy private practice in Western Sydney.

Samantha provides dynamic, evidence-based and engaging therapy for her clients to promote the best possible outcomes. 

Trained In

  • The Spalding Method – an evidence-based, explicit, systematic and multisensory approach to teaching language and literacy skills.
  • The Lidcombe Program Training – a behavioural treatment for children who stutter.
  • The Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” – engaging parents in their child’s early language intervention.
  • BLADES – Adding Meaning & Interaction to Language Therapy
  • Paediatric Feeding Essentials Conference
  • AUSLAN Sign Language 1
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills.
  • Intensive Interaction – an approach to teaching pre-speech communication to people with severe learning difficulties and/or autism.

 

Catherine Penrose – Speech Pathologist

Catherine is a bubbly Speech Pathologist who brings passion, energy and empathy into each of her sessions. Catherine enjoys working with children, adults and their support networks to enable them to reach their communication goals. Catherine’s determined and positive attitude allows her to overcome challenges and accomplish goals.

Catherine has previously volunteered in Vietnam to provide much needed speech and language skills to their communities.

Trained In:

  • Facial Nerve Education at John Hunter Hospital
  • Paediatric Feeding at John Hunter Hospital
  • Smooth Speech Program at Newcastle University Stuttering Clinic
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills.
  • Intensive Interaction – an approach to teaching pre-speech communication to people with severe learning difficulties and/or autism.

 

Melissa Van Der Leeden (M, T, W) & Dannielle Nash (TH, F) – Administrative Assistants

Melissa and Dannielle are the smiley face that greet each family at reception. They also happen to be the mum’s of Jessica and Renae! Melissa & Dannielle ensure all appointments, payments and processes run smoothly. They are happy to answer any questions or pass them on to one of our Speech Pathologists. Melissa & Dannielle enjoy getting to know all of our families and making sure they feel comfortable in our clinic. Their kind and nurturing qualities are highly valued as part of our team!