Name: Lisa Neuendorf
Where did you study?
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) at the University of Queensland
Why did you get into paediatric speech pathology?
I’ve always been interested in helping children reach their potential. Having the ability to communicate and swallow safely are necessities in life and it is such a privilege to work in these areas as a Speech Pathologist. I have worked across all ages and love the variety that Speech Pathology brings. I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed working with children the most as they are so influential and it is extremely rewarding to see outcomes and growth as they continue developing. Children need and deserve to be valued and connecting with kids brings me so much joy!
Why do you love your job?
I love that I get to play with trains, pretend to be a princess and sing nursery rhymes all in a typical day! I also enjoy connecting with caregivers and know the value in assisting them in how to continue helping their children reach their therapy goals at home.
Favourite toys to use in therapy?
I do love Pop the Pig and building train tracks. Making origami sharks and butterflies is also a favourite activity.
What extra training have you completed?
I have completed a couple of courses on Alternative and Augmentative Communication – specifically looking at high tech devices. I have also been trained in using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and have attended some introductory AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) courses in the past. Various online workshops have added to my repertoire around different topics including supporting children experiencing trauma and adults with intellectual impairments. I am also professionally trained to use a stethoscope to listen to swallow sounds and have completed DIR Floortime Online Training.