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Speech Therapy and Literacy Specialists in Sydney

Speak & Write Speech Pathology specialise in helping primary students and adolescents who experience speech, reading or writing difficulties.

Speak & Write’s team of speech pathologists are experts in: 
Teaching phonics for reading and writing
Developing spoken and written language
Developing listening, comprehension and memory skills

Speak and Write uses scientifically based teaching methods, tailored to each student’s individual needs and preferred learning styles to help children and adolescents improve their reading, spelling and writing. Contact us today to discuss your concerns about your child’s literacy skills.

Our Team

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Alex McKinlay, Founder and Managing Director of Speak & Write

Alex McKinlay is highly regarded for her success in helping primary students and adolescents with comprehension, reading and writing difficulties. Alex was invited by the Catholic Education Office to work as part of a team of allied health professionals in training and supporting teachers in the Inner West Sydney region. Alex is well respected for her professional development seminars delivered to teachers on topics such as literacy and language difficulties, auditory processing, auditory and working memory.

As a leader, Alex McKinlay encourages her team to be mindful and compassionate and to balance professionalism with authenticity in therapy.

Alex studied at, and worked as a researcher for, Sydney University. Alex is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program and Lindamood Bells Visualing & Verbalising. Alex is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“I can’t speak highly enough of Alex’s professionalism, care and learning methods. I dearly wish I had that kind of support when I was Maya’s age. Her methods for assisting Maya have already had great results and been a boost for her confidence. It’s something we want to continue.”

J, Surry Hills (daughter Maya, Year 4)

“Alex, it’s definitely been a pleasure working with you. I know Amy loved her sessions every week. Thanks for helping her get to where she is now. She is so much more confident with her reading and getting better with her comprehension.”

Emily, Drummoyne NSW (daughter Amy, Year 2)

“The team at Speak & Write are terrific. We have had some experience of speech therapy before, and I found the assessment done for my kids by Alex and Tory were more professional and their programs more structured. The Spalding programme they use for literacy is so thorough and orderly – I wish I had that at school.”

Naomi, Leichhardt, NSW (son, Beau Year 1)

“Nathan is more confident in his essay writing and exams since working with you (Alex). As you saw from his exam results and report, he has improved and thanks to you feels happier going into exams.”

Jane, Rozelle NSW (son, Nathan, Year 11)

“Thanks so much Alex for your patience, hard work and, just as importantly, your sense of humour!”

Belinda, Rozelle NSW (daughter Tash, Year 3)

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Sam Carr

Sam graduated with a Degree in Speech Pathology (Hons) from Newcastle University. Sam’s love of children and drive to help others spurred her to become a speech pathologist and her particular interest in helping children with literacy difficulties lead her to join Speak & Write. In the past, Sam has also dedicated much of her time and energy to being a valuable fundraiser for over five leading charities. In therapy, Sam’s humour and exuberance makes her very popular with clients of all ages as well as amongst her peers at Speak & Write.

Sam is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program. Sam is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“Thank you Sam. Lily is so pleased with the progress she is making and really enjoys her time in class with you. It is wonderful to see her inspired & keen to keep improving and I truly appreciate the supportive and encouraging manner you use, when working with her.”

Liv, Rozelle NSW (daughter Lily, Year 3)

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Tory Giles

Tory graduated with an Honours Degree in Speech Pathology from Sydney University. She began her career as a speech pathologist in public health and therefore brings a broad range of knowledge to the team at Speak & Write. Tory has a calm, loving nature which beguiles even the most shy or reluctant child. Tory splits her week between working with Speak & Write, her 2 young children and the yoga studio she co-owns with her husband.

Tory is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program. Tory is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“Tony really enjoys his sessions with Tory. It would be hard not to, she is so positive and encouraging.”

Renee, Rozelle NSW (son Tony, Year 4)

“The team at Speak & Write are terrific. We have had some experience of speech therapy before, and I found the assessment done for my kids by Alex and Tory were more professional and their programs more structured. The Spalding programme they use for literacy is so thorough and orderly – I wish I had that at school.”

Naomi, Leichhardt, NSW (son, Beau Year 1)

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Kate Shanahan

Kate Shanahan has been an integral part of the Speak & Write team since 2009. Kate’s expertise in speech and early language therapy was gained during her time in a multi-disciplinary Community Heath Centre. Kate then moved into private practice to pursue her interest in helping children with literacy difficulties. Kate is renowned for her effective literacy teaching and her warm, generous nature. Since the arrival of her baby in early 2013, Kate has supported the Speak & Write team remotely but hopes to return to the clinic soon.

Kate is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program. Kate studied at, and worked as a researcher for, Sydney University. Kate is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“We are extremely happy with everything Kate has done – she knows how to work with Lach and get the best results from him. I usually sit in on sessions to ensure I can positively reinforce the teaching that Kate is doing.”

Deb, Annandale NSW (son Lach, Year 5)

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Tegan Flude

Tegan Flude graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland. Since moving to Sydney in 2012, she began working with Speak & Write and specialises in helping children with literacy difficulties as well as children with speech and language problems. Tegan splits her week between working at Speak & Write as well as working with adults in a rehabilitation setting. Tegan’s broad range of knowledge and groundedness is highy valued at Speak & Write. Tegan is well loved by clients for her balance of professionalism and playfulness. Tegan can motivate even the most reluctant writers and readers through her energy, commitment and kindness.

Tegan is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program. Tegan is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“Tegan is fabulous and extremely effective and effecient in teaching Anika. More importantly Anika has regained a love of school.”

Natalie, Haberfield NSW (daughter Anika, Year 1)

“I cannot sing Tegan’s praises enough. She is so engaging and like a ray of sunshine. How she helped Eve begin to enjoy reading when she previously found it so hard and hated it, is amazing! Thank you.”

Maria, Croydon (daughter Eve, Year 3)

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Rosy Lloyd

Rosy graduated with a Masters in Speech Pathology from Sydney University. She originally studied Spanish at University before working in television and doing graphic design. Her love of children motivated a change in careers to Speech Pathology. Rosy has a passion for helping children with language and literacy difficulties. Rosy is a Rozelle local and works with students from schools within the Rozelle and Balmain area who have speech, language and literacy difficulties. Rosy is known for her calm nature which puts her clients quickly at ease and therefore enables them to achieve their goals while enjoying therapy.

Rosy is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program. Rosy is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“Peter got a lot from his classes last term with Rosy and he has improved his scores in reading comprehension. Thanks very much for your tremendous support for Peter so far.”

Daniel, Rozelle NSW (son Peter, Yr 7)

“Thanks so much for this term, not only has Annie come on in leaps and bounds with her reading and writing skills but, as importantly I think, her enthusiasm has also improved in these areas. She loved coming to see Rosy, I didn’t hear one whinge from her for the whole term and for a 10yr old that is pretty amazing.”

Athena, Five Dock NSW (daughter Annie, Yr 5)

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Eileen Boyle

Eileen graduated with Masters in Speech Pathology from Macquarie University after leaving a successful career in product management and teaching English. Eileen’s inspiration to become a speech pathologist in-part came from her time teaching English to adults. Eileen brought her expertise in teaching language and literacy, plus her warmth and energy, to Speak & Write in 2014. Eileen’s clients praise her ability to adapt the therapy to their child’s interests and build their self-esteem.

Eileen is trained in the Spalding Method, Speak & Write’s preferred literacy and language learning program. Eileen is registered with Speech Pathology Australia’s Professional Self Regulation program.

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What our clients say

“Sally really enjoyed her sessions with Eileen. Her encouragement and genuine interest in Sally really helped her relax. I can definitly see that she has improved in her spelling, comprehension and writing skills.”

Deborah, Concord NSW (daughter Sally, Year 8)

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Work with Us

Speak and Write Speech Pathology Sydney is growing in line with its reputation for results, professionalism, and communication with families and schools. We are looking for speech pathologists to join us who are passionate about helping children and adolescents with literacy and higher language difficulties.

We take our business very seriously and expect commitment and total professionalism, and in return we offer a great harbourside location (Rozelle/Balmain is only 6 minutes from the City), and a work environment which is energising, supportive and rewards and recognises you for your commitment.

If you are a Speech Pathologist who specialises in, or wishes to specialise in, helping students with literacy and higher language difficulties then please email your CV and a covering letter to us here.