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Ashlea Wielstra: Speech and Language Pathologist

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I wanted to become a Speech Pathologist because I have a passion for working with children and families and supporting them to achieve their learning and communication potential.

Learning Links is a great organisation to work for as it facilitates the opportunity to work closely with children and their families across the different stages of their development. We have the opportunity to support families for the timeframe that they need and in the capacity in which they need us. The diversity of children that we are able to support also allows us to be continually learning and extend our skills.

The most enjoyable part of my role is seeing the growth and change in the children over time, I particularly love seeing children engaged in and enjoy their learning both in therapy and other environments.

I have been able to broaden my career by completing a Masters in Teaching (primary). This has really supported my understanding of the expectations of schools and how speech and language intervention is crucial to the learning environment.  I have also had the opportunity to supervise student speech pathologists.

Ashlea recently won the Learning Links Living our Values Award for “Integrity and Excellence at Work”  This is what her nominating colleague had to say about Ashlea:

“It’s always amazing how professional Ashlea is with our parents who access Speech Therapy, she takes her time to prepare her sessions which ensures that the family receives a friendly, yet professional brief on completion. She is happy to answer any questions the family has and is always presented in a very friendly, engaging and professional manner.

The sessions she conducts with the children (keeping in mind I’m not in the room at the time), always sound well prepared and the children are enjoying the sessions. There are times when you can tell the session is not going to plan however Ashlea always remains friendly and professional and does her best to engage with the children.

It’s a pleasure working with Ashlea and even more so watching her interactions with our most important asset, our children. Well done Ashlea!”