Clear kids about us

Bronwyn Conroy

BHlthSci(SpPath), CPSP, Cert IV TAE.
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.

Hi there!

My name is Bron, the founder of Clear Kids. My vision is to provide high quality Speech Therapy services in Canberra focusing on early intervention for children. I have detailed below answers to questions parents frequently ask me.

What experience do you have?

I have 11 years experience working with little people just like yours. I have worked in the ACT government at Therapy ACT and The Child Development Service as well as private practise since 2008 across many teams, roles and ages including early intervention, school age services and managing the delivery of therapy in schools (Therapy Assistant Program). I have had the privilege of assisting families with children from many different cultures, language backgrounds, diagnoses and family situations. I taught for many years in the Disability Certificate II and IV and have recently done sessional teaching at the University of Canberra in the Speech Pathology course as part of the Paediatric Unit.

I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) trained in:

  • The Lidcombe program
  • Key Word Sign (KWS)
  • It Takes Two To Talk® (ITTTT Hanen)
  • Sarah Starr’s Paediatric Feeding Program
  • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT©)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training.
  • Karen Stagnetti – Learn to Play
  • Sounds Write (systematic synthetic phonics)
  • Accent reduction – multiple courses
  • Speech and language disorders – multiple courses

What makes you good at what you do?

I love being a Speech Pathologist because it is the perfect synergy of my playfulness, analytical mind and caring nature. The best compliment I have ever received was from a six year old boy with a stutter who put it said ‘Bron really cares’. I adore the no-filter honesty, complexity, quirkiness, inspiration and fun of working with small children, getting to know them and watching them grow.

I am very much a goal driven therapist. I am tenacious and love the challenge of finding the perfect treatment to help the child overcome their difficulties with communication. Parents love that they can relax during sessions knowing I can manage their child to get the most out of every minute and teach them a few tricks for home!

What makes Clear Kids different to other clinics?

I believe we have three clear points of difference:

Experience – Working with children and families in clinical practise over a long period of time teaches you there are many exceptions and variables to textbook therapy. I have 11 years of experience helping clients achieve their goals.

Family partners – You know your child best and we know we will get better results if we work as partners. We understand families are busy, so we won’t waste your time with a revolving door of therapists.

Delight in their success – We are invested in your child achieving their goals to set them up for the future. The best part of our job is that moment when a child suddenly gets what we are working on.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I am a Canberra local and appreciate everything the area has to offer; horse-riding trails, running and hiking. I enjoy pottery, art, gardening and of course, the Canberra region wines.

Do you have your own kids?

Yes I do! My husband and I have two cheeky girls, and two fur babies; a fluffy Samoyed dog and a pony. I certainly understand the joys, challenges and stressors busy families face, which is why partnership with families is a core value of my practise.

Emily Chan

Emily Chan

BSc, GDipAppLing, MSLP.
Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.

Hello!

My name is Emily. I have detailed below answers to questions parents frequently ask to help you get to know me a little better.

What experience do you have?

I have had experience supporting children from early childhood through to young adults. I am skilled in delivering therapy in a range of areas including; speech sounds, literacy, language, stuttering, and feeding.

I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) trained in:

  • The Lidcombe program
  • Key Word Sign (KWS)
  • It Takes Two To Talk® (ITTTT Hanen)
  • The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach
  • Sarah Starr’s Paediatric Feeding Program
  • Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display (PODD)
  • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT©)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training.

I have also assisted adults to achieve or maintain a better quality of life. I have worked for the ACT Government at Therapy ACT and The Child Development Service, as well as in private practice since 2016 across a range of settings including delivery of services in clinic, at home, school, and aged care facilities.

I am fortunate enough to speak not only English, but also Cantonese and Mandarin. I have worked overseas in Hong Kong delivering assessment and therapy services to local and international school children, where I had the opportunity to practice in bilingual and even trilingual settings.

What makes you good at what you do?

I love being a Speech Pathologist because it allows me to help support people and their families to reach their goals. Therapy allows me to combine my creativity, interest in languages, playfulness and inquisitive nature. One of the most memorable compliments I’ve received was from a 5 year old boy who asked me “are you magic?” after he produced a speech sound that he hadn’t said before!

I appreciate the inclusiveness and opportunities a local community provides, which is why I adopt a child-centred and family-centred approach in therapy. I enjoy tailoring therapy sessions to a child’s interest/s so that sessions are ‘fun’ for them; while also focusing on communication with parents/caregivers, to provide appropriate advice and strategies to ensure that a child is well supported in their therapy journey and overall development.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I was born and raised in Canberra. I have experienced the ‘big city’ life in Melbourne, Sydney, and Hong Kong; but I’ve found that every time I return to Canberra, there is always something new to explore or do.

When I’m not working, I enjoy keeping active and making the most of the local team sports that the city has to offer – going to the gym, playing tennis and netball. I’m also a keen ultimate frisbee player in the local and national scene. I also enjoy drawing, painting, and playing around with my ukulele and piano.