Our Team

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

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Carla Dinale
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Master of Speech Language Pathology

Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences

Carla undertook her tertiary studies in her home state of Victoria at the University of Melbourne. In 2012 she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Linguistics and then went on to complete a Master of Speech Pathology in 2015-2016.  Her Honours thesis explored the language of childbirth, a personal interest of hers, and her Masters research was conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in the faculty of Genetics of Speech and Language. After completing her tertiary studies, she worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne within the Complex Care team and tutored within the Health Sciences faculty at Monash University.

 

In 2019, Carla spontaneously relocated to Tasmania where she began working all across the state as a Speech and Language Pathologist with the Department of Education, as well beginning her journey into private practice in 2020. Her work in Tasmania provided her with a rich array of experience in terms of clientele, including not only children and adults with speech and language disorders but also autism spectrum disorder, complex trauma histories, cognitive and learning disabilities and various other genetic, developmental and mental health conditions. She relocated again, this time to Sydney, in early 2021 and joined the Curious Kids team in July.

 

Carla has a deep personal interest in language- she is fluent in Italian and is currently studying Japanese and Auslan as well. She has both a love for and a long personal history of working with children and adolescents, and always prioritises building strong, productive relationships with her clients and families.

 

Carla is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is a full member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is committed to ongoing learning and professional skill development and endeavours to provide evidence-based therapy in the most enjoyable and meaningful ways possible. 

 

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

  • Beginners Auslan with Magic Hands

  • Learn to Play Therapy with Dr Karen Stagnitti

  • Synthetic Phonics Instruction through SPELD SA

  • The Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter

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

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Jessica Lorge
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Master of Speech Language Pathology

 

Jessica graduated with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology after completing her undergraduate degree in Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences. 

She has subsequently gained experience working in multi-disciplinary teams within a private practice, where she has worked with children and young adults with varying communication difficulties. This includes supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Speech Disorder, Language Delay and difficulties with literacy.

With her strong personal interest in literacy and school readiness, Jessica prides herself on discovering new and creative ways to make therapy engaging, fun and tailored towards the individual child. As a passionate and dedicated therapist, Jessica strives to help children become confident and effective communicators in every aspect of their lives. She prioritises building strong relationships with children and their families, and collaborating with them to set realistic, achievable and client-centered goals.

 

Jessica is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is a full member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is committed to her ongoing professional development and learning to ensure that therapy remains up to date and evidence-based.


She has training and experience in the following programs:

  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Trained

  • Sounds-Write Phonics Program

  • The Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter

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Olivia Hart
Allied Health Assistant
Speech Pathology Student

Olivia is in her 3rd year of studying a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing at Macquarie University. After finishing high school and before studying she took a year off and worked in an all girls school in London. The school ranged from pre-kindergarten to year 12. One of her roles at the school was to assist with after school care for year 3 and year 4 students. During the 2 hours of after school care she played, read books, made crafts and prepared food for the girls. This is where her love for helping and caring for children stemmed from and the inspiration to become a speech pathologist developed. She also has lots of experience with kids in different environments, including coaching junior sport teams and providing care at school and privately in their homes. 

 

At University, Olivia thoroughly enjoys learning about child language acquisition. This is because she is very interested in the developmental journey children take to produce speech sounds and how they develop over time. She is very fascinated by the world of speech and language because it can assist with a wide range of speech and language difficulties in both children and adults. 

 

Olivia is very excited to work as an Allied Health Assistant at Curious Kids as she is very passionate about helping children. She loves interacting with kids and getting to know their fabulous personalities. She is also looking forward to further developing her speech and language skills and learning more about clinical speech pathology at Curious Kids. Olivia is excited to finish her undergraduate degree at Macquarie University at the end of this year. She is planning on commencing her Masters of Speech Pathology next year.