Name: Marion Giddy
Director and Speech Pathologist
Three Things About Me: I am a runner, I have two naughty kittens at home and have travelled to Japan, Norway, England, Spain and Hawaii.
Additional Training: I have attended training for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), which is fantastic for working with nonverbal children, completed the DIR Floortime Online Training, which trains you to coach parents in developing reciprocal communication in children with developmental delays and to supplement these I am also trained in the Derbyshire Language Scheme.
I have attended professional developments in a wide range of areas including Language Sampling, Narrative Assessment and Intervention, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Working Memory Disorders,Correlations between Behaviour and Communication and the Children’s Health and Education Research Institute Conference 2015 which focused on interventions for language, learning and literacy. In addition to this, I am an active member of the Speech Pathology Australia Queensland Branch, representing Private Practice.
I have presented at Kindergartens, Schools and Universities in a range of areas. In fact it’s one of my favourite things to do! Some of these presentations include:
Development of Speech and Language Skills in the Kindy Years
Preparing for Prep
Scaffolding Children in the Classroom (Inservice for School Officers)
Reading Comprehension (Inservice for Teachers)
Ethics in the Digital Age (University Guest Lecture)
Ethical Situations in Private Practice
Why I love my job: In Private Practice we have a unique opportunity to work alongside families as their kids grow up, take on the challenges of school, and learn about themselves. It is a privilege to be a part of this process, and help kids make the most of their social and academic lives. I am passionate about advocating for children across the settings they enter as they grow and develop, and helping to raise awareness for effective ways to teach children with Developmental Language Disorders.
Favourite toy to use in therapy: The Melting Snowman!