Name: Robbie (Robyn) Corgat
Where did you study?
University of Queensland. Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours.
Why did you get into paediatric speech pathology?
When I was at kindy, my friend was predominantly non-speaking, so from an early age, I learnt the importance and power of (multimodal) communication. I want to be able to empower others in their quest to effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings as an important way for them to be connected to their friends, family and their community. I also realise that my happy place at work is sitting on the floor, immersed in a game/activity with a client, so meeting and working with paediatric clients and their teams is something I love to do. I am passionate about supporting clients and their team to achieve their unique potential, and love celebrating the ‘little wins’ as ‘big wins’ towards a client reaching their life long goals.
Why do you love your job?
I love playing a part in supporting clients to develop not only their communication skills, but also their vibrant and wonderful personalities. From playing with zoo animals and targeting adjectives, to making cookies out of playdoh and supporting a client’s understanding and use of verbs, to focusing on social skills by chatting about a client’s love of cricket, I adore being able to incorporate fun and my client’s interests into intervention to support clients in successfully expressing themselves and engaging in the world around them.
Favourite toys to use in therapy?
Bubbles, play scenes and sensory bins
What additional training have you completed?
– The Ultimate Play Based Therapy Course (for toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children) (2021)
– DIR Floortime Online Training (2021)
– Key Word Sign Workshop (2018)