Our Team

Samantha Atkin (née Press)
Director and Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Master of Speech Language Pathology
Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Samantha studied at the University of Sydney for both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours after completing a thesis on neural plasticity and then went on to complete a Masters of Speech Language Pathology. Following graduation, Samantha worked in private practice in Sydney where she worked with children and families with a multitude of difficulties including those with speech disorders, language delays, social skill difficulties, stuttering, literacy difficulties and those on the autism spectrum.

 

Samantha and her husband then made the move to Singapore where she began work at Winstedt Integrated Therapy, an integrated therapy centre and school for children with learning difficulties. In this context, Samantha collaborated closely with other speech pathologists as well as occupational therapists and teachers to work with children individually, in groups and in the classroom. She worked with children with a wide array of learning difficulties including attention disorders, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, sensory disorders, developmental delays, language disorders and more. Samantha was also the Lead Speech Pathologist for the school's Pre-Prep Program, an early intervention group run to help prepare 4 - 7 year old children for school. Samantha's time in Singapore was an enriching, exciting and fun experience which helped shape her passion for working with children to improve their social, emotional and academic abilities. 

 

When Samantha relocated back to Sydney, she established Curious Kids Speech, Language & Literacy - a mobile practice for speech pathologists to provide services in homes and at schools and preschools. Working across contexts like this improves the generalisation of skills learnt in therapy and therefore increases positive outcomes for clients.

 

Samantha is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is a full member of Speech Pathology Australia. She actively continues her professional development and has attended multiple workshops, seminars and conferences and has experience and is trained in the following programs/topics.

 

  • Sounds~Write First Rate Phonics - a gold standard for literacy

  • The Spalding Method (The Writing Road to Reading) - an explicit phonics program for literacy development

  • Hanen It Takes Two To Talk program for children with a delay in language development

  • Play Skills with Professor Karen Stagnitti

  • Preschool and Early School-Age Language Update - 2018 SPA National Tour

  • The Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter

  • Visualizing & Verbalizing for language comprehension and thinking

  • Sensory integration during therapy

  • 2016 Mind Brain Education Conference - a conference based on an integrative and evidence-based approach to shed light on how we might improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

  • Little Learners Love Literacy - An Australian based early literacy program

  • Working with Dentists & Orthodontists - How Can a Speech Pathologist work more effectively with Dentists and Orthodontists (an evidenced based approach)

Charlotte Lemon
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) (Honours)

Charlotte completed her degree with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) with Honours. Charlotte is passionate about supporting the families she works with. This passion motivated her to
write her Honours thesis on providing long-term support for families of children with chronic health conditions through technology. Charlotte has had experience in private practice and community health, where she
worked with children with a range of communication difficulties. These include speech disorders, language delays, literacy difficulties, stuttering, and social skills difficulties.


Charlotte has a passion for working with children and collaborating with their families to bring them the best level of care. She enjoys making therapy fun, while using the most up-to-date evidence to ensure
its effectiveness. Charlotte loves empowering children and their families to succeed in learning new skills and continuing to improve.


Charlotte is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is a full member of Speech Pathology Australia. She engages in ongoing professional development and learning, which not only expands her knowledge but
also her love of the field.

Charlotte has training and experience in the following programs/topics:

  • The Spalding Method (The Writing Road to Reading) - an explicit phonics program for literacy development

  • The Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter

  • Visualizing & Verbalizing for language comprehension and thinking

  • Hanen It Takes Two To Talk program for children with a delay in language development

Lola Johnstone
Allied Health Assistant
Speech Pathology Student

Lola is currently in her 4th year studying a Bachelor of Speech pathology at the Australian Catholic University and is working with Curious Kids as an Allied Health Assistant.

Lola comes from a Deaf family and is bilingual and bicultural, using Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to communicate since a very young age and this background is what initially sparked Lola’s curiosity about communication differences, bilingualism and language. Before studying Speech Pathology, Lola completed studies in Early Childhood Education and Care and she also holds a Diploma of Auslan.

 

Lola is deeply passionate about children and has over 12 years experience working with newborns to teens, in a variety of settings such as in private homes, child care centres, preschools, primary schools and high schools. In these environments, Lola has worked as an Auslan interpreter and as a school learning support officer/teachers aide. She had the opportunity to work with children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, children on the Autism spectrum, children with ADHD and children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

 

In 2017, Lola participated in a program by the Ministry of Education of Spain as an English Language Assistant in Madrid where she had the opportunity to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children, creating fun and engaging activities to support their learning and development in a bilingual primary school environment. After that, from 2018-2019, Lola worked as an infant and toddler teacher at a bilingual nursery school in Madrid where she used play, arts and crafts, music and movement activities to encourage the children’s development and English language acquisition.

 

Lola is currently on clinical placement at two primary schools, supporting a variety of children with their speech, language and social skills and she is looking forward to completing her university studies at the end of the year.

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samantha@curiouskids.sydney | ph: 0420 681 754 

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