Name: Emma Lefever
About Me: I graduated with a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology, following an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Music. I worked in a generalist Private Practice in Hervey Bay, prior to my position here at Cooee. I love working with families and children to help them achieve their goals. I also love dogs.
Additional Training: I have attended additional training for Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk” early language development program, Key word Sign and completed the DIR Floortime Online Training, which develops communication and early social skills in children with developmental delays. I have also attended workshops for developing Play Skills in children, language and literacy development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Central Auditory Processing Disorder. I am also a member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Why I love my job: I love my job because I thoroughly enjoy being able to build rapport and relationships with my clients and get to know their family. I love being able to support the family through the entire assessment and therapy process and see the children develop and achieve their goals along the way. In the private practice setting, we have the extreme pleasure of being able to do this, working with kindy or school teachers and other health professionals involved in the child’s development. I also love the variety that comes with working in a private practice – no two children or two therapy sessions are ever exactly the same.
Favourite toy to use in therapy: Pengaloo!