Providing speech, language and literacy intervention to Melbourne's North East
Kiaya (rhymes with fire) is a paediatric speech pathologist with a strong interest in speech, language, and literacy in pre-school and school-age children.
With experience in school settings, Kiaya is dedicated to working with families and teachers to support learning in the classroom and beyond. She is dedicated to home practice and classroom recommendations that are fun, engaging and responsive to the environment while being manageable for everyone involved.
Kiaya is passionate about evidence-based intervention and teaching practices, immersing herself in current research and literature. She draws on her knowledge from her work at Little Learners Love Literacy, as well as ongoing professional development programs such as Sounds-Write and Orton-Gillingham.
Kiaya’s natural playfulness and sense of fun comes across in her sessions, integrating the child’s interests to create a motivating and positive experience for all.
Each client attends an initial appointment prior to starting therapy. This appointment is designed to build rapport with the child, identify goals, and develop a plan of action.
Standard Intervention sessions:
Sessions last 40 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes allocated to planning, phone/email communication with teachers or other health professionals as required. This session length is for literacy intervention.
Short Intervention sessions:
Sessions last 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes allocated to planning, phone/email communication with teachers or other health professionals as required. This session length is ideal for articulation therapy.
Additional meetings with teachers:
30 minute meeting with teachers to discuss recommendations and accommodations to suit the child in that environment.
Therapy at school:
50 minute therapy session at school. Therapy session will be either; in the classroom setting during the literacy/writing block or held outside of the classroom. Parents are encouraged to attend sessions in which the child is taken out of class.
Assessment and full report:
A formal assessment and report. You can expect on average; a written form to be completed at home/by teachers, four hours (over 2 sessions) to assess, 2-3 weeks to write the report and 45-minute session to discuss findings and feedback.