ABOUT US

 

At Inspire 2 Learn we want our students to be inspired in a way that ignites their passion for learning and empowers their ability to learn.

The team at Inspire 2 Learn have significant experience in the areas of speech pathology, occupational therapy and educational consultancy. We provide screening, assessment and interventions for children aged 3-18 years with a variety of needs. Following comprehensive assessments, individual educational plans are developed for students in conjunction with parents and schools to ensure each client is supported collectively and educational outcomes are maximised. We also provide consultancy, which personalises curriculum for transference into the mainstream classroom.

Inspire 2 Learn are committed to providing services that are underpinned by the following key principles:

 

Client centred – Providing services that are personalised to suit the varying needs of our clients, teachers and schools recognising that the goals and needs of every client are different.Inclusive – Understanding that students with learning challenges, a disability or illness can greatly impact on a client’s family, friends, teachers and support staff.

Flexible – Specialising in our respective fields, we are able to work independently as well as collectively as a multi-disciplinary team. Our combined expertise provides unique insight into the needs of a range of learning challenges.

Evidence based practice – To inform intervention and provide platform for delivery.

Measurable and positive change – We use a wide range of measures to assess our client’s needs and outcomes. Positive change is also developed through developing partnerships with parents, teachers and schools.

Inspire 2 Learn favours a collaborative model that builds close ties between parents, teachers and support staff, respecting the breadth of knowledge that can be shared. Working in this way ensures that all staff are involved in the development of suitable strategies to best support the successful learning outcomes of students in the classroom on a day-to-day basis.

MEET THE TEAM.

 

With over 14 years of clinical experience practicing in both London and Melbourne, Sara has treated primary and secondary school students with a range of learning needs in mainstream and specialist settings. She is committed to providing a high quality service by implementing evidence-based direct instruction that can be directly linked to the classroom curriculum.

Sara has also provided support to teachers working with students with language learning difficulties, specifically in the secondary school setting. Sara has embarked on additional specialist training in the area of Literacy, which is used to explicitly enhance reading and writing skills. Whilst developing individualized programs for each student, Sara ensures intervention follows an intensive, systematic, structured, sequential and evidence-based approach. In addition, Sara is a qualified Cogmed coach and has undergone training in the internationally recognized It Takes Two to Talk Program®, run by the Hanen Centre.

Sara believes that working collaboratively with parents, schools and other professionals is fundamental in ensuring her clients improve their language and literacy skills to reach their academic potential. Sara also believes that it is critical to ensure the student’s self-esteem and confidence is developed so they too feel empowered in their learning.

Sara is registered with Speech Pathology Australia and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.

Samantha has a passion for early childhood development and a keen interest in working with people who have difficulties in the area of fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, sensory processing, social and self-care skills, to remove barriers that hinder participation. Samantha has received specialist training in the areas of Sensory Processing including the treatment of sensory defensiveness, The Alert Program, social and emotional skill development and the multi-award winning Handwriting Without Tears Program. Additional to individual and group therapy sessions, Samantha offers a variety of professional development workshops, training and consultancy to empower teachers and students, to reach their true learning potential. She is committed to provide services that are informed by the latest evidence based practice to inform intervention and provide platform for delivery

Samantha is a registered practitioner with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is also a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Speech, Language and Literacy

 

Our speech pathologist provides assessment and intervention in the following areas:

  • Speech and oral language expression
  • Comprehension of spoken language
  • Phonological processing and awareness skills (essential pre-literacy skills)
  • Reading decoding, fluency and comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary development
  • Sentence, paragraph and essay structure
  • Working memory skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Social skills
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Occupational Therapy

 

The occupational therapist provides assessment and intervention in the following areas:

  • Independence in self-care activities including toileting, dressing and feeding
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Sensory processing
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Sensory processing including the treatment of sensory defensiveness
  • Visual motor integration which provides the foundation for reading, writing and arithmetical skills
  • Social skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Handwriting

Consultancy

 

Inspire 2 Learn favours a collaborative model that builds close ties between parents, teachers and support staff, respecting the breadth of knowledge that can be shared. The team at Inspire 2 Learn offer pre-school and school consultations, which aim to develop suitable strategies, modifications and program development to best support the successful learning outcomes of our students in the classroom.

Consultations can also be used to develop suitable transition to school programs, Individual Educational Programs (IEP’s) and planning meetings to provide further support on how to optimise students’ development and educational outcomes.

In-Service Training

 

At Inspire 2 Learn we believe that the more we share our knowledge and experiences, the more we can assist in developing positive change for our students. We offer a variety of professional development workshops and training to empower teachers and assistants with the knowledge and strategies that can assist students on a day-to-day basis.

School Readiness Program

 

The small group program will provide an optimal learning environment in which your child can be provided with the necessary skills to promote a successful transition into the formal school environment. The use of a fun multi-sensory approach to teaching will inspire your child to reach their full potential. The program is run by the occupational therapist and speech pathologist during the end of year holiday.