Vanessa Mariani, Speech Pathologist
A summary of qualifications and experience:
Vanessa is a highly experienced and engaging speech pathologist whose passion is working with children. In practice since 1996, she has expertise in supporting children with a wide range of presenting issues and challenges.
Throughout her career Vanessa has maintained an ongoing commitment to staying abreast of the latest evidence-based therapy. She regularly attends professional development programs so that she can share this knowledge and empower parents and others in helping support the children she works with. Her work experiences have been across a diverse range of paediatric settings in both public and private sectors where she has actively worked with other health professionals and educators.
Special interests and passions:
Vanessa believes in the importance of building rapport with children so that they feel comfortable and supported in therapy sessions and gets to know their personalities through play. An area Vanessa is passionate about exploring with children and families is the ability to widen a child’s learning abilities and knowledge when sharing experiences through books and creating together either with pictures, construction or book sharing by using imagination. Vanessa has extra training, skills and experience in working with children with a full range of communication concerns.
Reason for loving what you do:
When we asked Vanessa why she chooses her therapy role she said, "I love seeing the joy in a child’s smile as they develop new skills and abilities. Being able to share the excitement of watching children share their ideas and thoughts through a connection with another person. There are not many opportunities as adults where we can use our own imagination to spark learning in others".