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 Practising 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.

Simone

Simone Kendall-Robertson

BSpPath, MSPA.
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.

Hi!

My name is Simone. Below I have detailed my answers to some of parents’ frequently asked questions to help you get to know me a little better.

What experience do you have?

I have experience supporting communication in early childhood through to adulthood. I’m skilled in delivering therapy across a range of areas including; speech sounds, literacy, language, social interaction, alternative/augmentative communication and pre-verbal communication. I have a particular passion for early intervention and supporting parents to develop their child’s communication skills through play and everyday interactions.

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

  • DIRFloortime® – Basic Certification
  • Sounds~Write Linguistic Phonics (Systematic Synthetic Phonics)
  • Hanen Talkability®
  • Hanen More than Words®
  • LAMP Words for Life
  • Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display (PODD)
  • Karen Stagnetti – Learn to Play
  • Speech and Language Disorders – multiple courses

I have worked for the Queensland Government in the Department of Education, as well as private practice since 2015 across a range of settings including delivery of services in clinic, at home, school and in the community.

What makes you good at what you do?

I love being a Speech Pathologist because I get to play, problem-solve and walk alongside parents as they help their children reach their potential. I learn something from my clients every day and work is never boring! The best compliment I’ve ever received was a parent telling me I just “got” their child.

I enjoy getting to know each family and child and finding out how I can make therapy work for them. I truly believe that everyone learns best when they’re having fun and feel understood.

My therapeutic approach centres on meeting a child where they are at and supporting them to reach their potential through relationship-based interactions that support their regulation and engagement. When a child is intrinsically motivated, it’s so much easier to reach our goals! I’m able to quickly adapt my plan for a session to make sure your child feels comfortable and engaged. I also love partnering with parents and working together to find strategies that will work for their family at home.

If your child has spent our session playing, laughing and had that gleam in their eye – I know I’ve done my job right!

What do you do when you are not at work?

I spend most of my time exploring Canberra’s many parks and walks with my energetic Pomoodle puppy, Paddy, or going to markets and cafes. I also enjoy cooking, reading and being a fun aunty!

Elise Bulless

Elise Bulless

Therapy Assisstant

Hey!

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

What experience do you have?

I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Canberra. I am a first year Masters of Speech Language Pathology student at the University of Sydney. I have previous experience as a nanny, working with primary aged kids, playing an active role in their lives, including supporting a year 7 boy with Autism. I completed an internship as a part of my psychology degree, conducting research and writing articles on the recruitment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I have always wanted to work with children, and have discovered a passion for speech pathology. I am excited to develop and grow in this field and discover everything this amazing profession has to offer.

What makes you good at what you do?

I thoroughly enjoy working with children and although challenging at times, it is rewarding when goals are achieved and breakthroughs occur! Having a background in psychology allows me to apply my knowledge of learning, behaviour and development to the clinical context. I am young and eager to learn, and look forward to becoming a certified speech pathologist in the near future.

What do you do when you are not at work?

When I am not at work, I am often keeping on top of my studies (this takes up a large chunk of my time!). I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walks around Lake Burley Griffin and finding new cafes to try out. I also enjoy baking, cooking, and binging on Netflix series.

Anamika

Ana Sharma

Therapy Assisstant

Hello

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

What experience do you have?

‘Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love’.

This quote by Mother Teresa left quite an imprint on me as a young girl, it has wielded significance in my life ever since. I attribute this to my unwavering belief in the subtle yet humane message it puts forth; that regardless of how one chooses to help another, one always has the ability and opportunity to make a positive impact on another’s life.

I graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science. I also have a Graduate Certificate in Psychology from James Cook University. Currently, I am a Master of Speech-Language Pathology student in my first year at the University of Canberra. I previously worked as a support service assistant at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. I’ve always wanted to help people with their communication, so I pursued a career in speech pathology. I am very excited to reach new milestones in my journey of personal and professional development, which is why I chose the profession of speech therapy.

What makes you good at what you do?

Working with children and adults to develop their communication abilities is something I really love. I really enjoy applying my knowledge of learning, behaviour, and development to the therapeutic situation because I have a health science and psychology degree. I’m young and eager to learn, and my long-term goal is to become a qualified speech pathologist.

What do you do when you are not at work?

When I’m not working, I make sure to finish my university assignments! In my spare time, I enjoy painting and doing pencil sketches. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Hiking and scenic views of Canberra are two of my favourite hobbie. In Canberra, I also enjoy trying new restaurants and cafes.