Speech Pathology Team

From left to right – Robert Wells, Lauren Stagoll, Anna Taylor, and Samuel Calder

Anna Taylor

I first joined the NEMLDC team in 2006. By working closely with both the NEMLDC Speech Pathology and Administration teams, I coordinate the delivery of the speech pathology service across the school. I am passionate about working in partnership with educators to give students with Developmental Language Disorder the best possible opportunity to develop the foundation skills for language, literacy and communication. I have special interests in early language and literacy development.

Lauren Stagoll

I have been working as a speech pathologist at the NEMLDC since 2012, and previously worked in the disability sector within an early intervention team. My passion is working alongside the key people in a child’s life, whether that’s their parents or teacher, and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to improve a child’s communication. I currently work with our Kindergarten classes, and find it very exciting to see the progress these children make with their oral language skills. I have a special interest in early literacy development, as I believe these skills provide the foundation for future academic success. I also supervise final year speech pathology students who are on placement at the NEMLDC and enjoy helping them learn more about Developmental Language Disorder and how speech pathologists can work in schools.

Samuel Calder

I joined the Speech Pathology Team at NEMLDC in 2015 after having my final year clinical placement as a university student at the school. I am passionate about working with children, teachers and their families to make the most of their time at the LDC, and improve communication and develop happy and successful learners. I currently work with all Year 2 teachers and students where I get the privilege of seeing our children flourish with their speaking, reading and writing skills before re-entering mainstream. I have a special interest in understanding and improving speech sound difficulties and grammar difficulties in children with Developmental Language Disorder. I am also currently completing my PhD in the area of grammar therapy.

Robert Wells

I have worked at the NEMLDC since graduating in 2014. In the past I have worked on both the speech pathology and outreach teams. I aim to support educators at the NEMLDC to delivery high quality intervention and teaching to improve your child’s functional communication. I am passionate about Developmental Language Disorder, and have a special interest in service equity and access. I currently work on the speech pathology team. This year I am working on the NEMLDC Narrative Program for use in class and in intervention. I support with the supervise final year speech pathology university students when they are on placement with us. I am also completing my PhD part-time in speech pathology service access.

Becky Balchin

I became a member of the Speech Pathology team at NEMLDC in 2019 having worked in private practice following graduation. I currently work with the teaching staff and students in Pre-primary and provide additional support for individual students in other year groups as required. I have a particular interest in the development of language and literacy. I am passionate about supporting children with Developmental Language Disorder and empowering them to realise their potential.

Dayna O’Meara

I joined the NEMLDC team in Term 2 last year, after completing my final year speech pathology placement at the school in 2018. I am passionate about language and literacy within the paediatric population and I am motivated to foster collaborative partnerships with students, teachers and their families, to enable students to develop their language and communicative potential. I am currently working with all the Year 1 classes across both campuses to support the implementation of our language and literacy programs in the classroom. I am also privileged to work with individual students across the year levels, to further support their speech and oral language development to set them up for social and academic success.

Liza Hutton

I joined the speech pathology team at NEMLDC during Term 1, 2020 having completed my final paediatric placement as a university student at the school last year. I also work as a tutor for the Dyslexia SPELD Foundation. I have previously worked in primary education as well as the construction industry, so have observed first-hand the challenges faced by both students and adults who have difficulties with language and literacy. As a result, I have a keen interest in language and literacy, particularly Developmental Language Disorder and dyslexia, and am passionate about helping people across the lifespan to realise their potential.