Coffs Coast Team

A dedicated team of professionals committed to
delivering excellence in Early Childhood Intervention.

 

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Early Connections offers education, therapy and support for children and their families.

We believe all children and families can learn, play and connect with the community.

Our team can meet with your child at school or child care to support your child’s inclusion. 

Caryn Maher
Manager Coffs Coast

Caryn is proud to lead a fantastic team of devoted Early Intervention professionals.

As the Manager of Early Connections, Caryn’s goal is to provide as much information and support to families as possible and to foster the full inclusion of people with differing abilities into the community.

Caryn feels privileged to share the experience with families as they support their child and enjoys hearing of each child’s future accomplishments.

Qualifications include a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Special Education. 

Caryn works alongside the Coffs Coast Management Committee who volunteer their time to contribute to the Alliance with knowledge, expertise, advice and leadership.

Julia Doust

Julia Doust

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc Occupational Therapy
Class I Honours

Julia has focused her career on supporting children and their families over the early years of their life. Julia has a special interest in preparing children for school. She believes in using a holistic model which involves family and a child’s environment to help achieve the best outcomes for each individual.

Nicole Maskell

Nicole Maskell

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Health Sciences & Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice

Nicole enjoys working with a welcoming and supportive team at Early Connections. Nicole holds a degree in Health Sciences  and Masters of Occupational Therapy and works to develop long lasting relationships with the team, the children and the families. 

Elle Keogh

Elle Keogh

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Jan has extensive experience working with children through the community health system, through the disability sector and within her own private practice with a specific interest in dysphagia. She loves working with other professionals to deliver the best and most holistic care possible.

Annette Ryan

Annette Ryan

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Applied Science
Occupational Therapy

Annette has previously worked at Primary Health Coffs Harbour. She works hard to provide collaborative supports and assist families with complex needs. Annette has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) with First Class Honors, plus Postgraduate units of study in neurology and paediatrics.

Sue Martyn

Sue Martyn

Physiotherapist

Bachelor Physiotherapy

Sue focuses on developing movement skills for children with motor difficulties, enhancing their function through movement and exploration. Sue enjoys working with infants and toddlers and finds it wonderful to observe children grow in skills and confidence, and to share this time with families.

Ellen McNulty

Ellen McNulty

Family Support Worker

Bachelor of Education 

Ellen is a trained Key Worker supporting families through collaboration with other services, providing information on upcoming workshops and events, liaising with families and other support workers. Ellen likes to think of herself as a friendly point of contact and sounding board for families with ideas or concerns that they wish to discuss.

Tegan Peckham

Tegan Peckham

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor Education Early Childhood

Tegan has worked in a range of Early Childhood settings and completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, Austswim Accreditation.  Tegan is also a registered Circle of Security Parent facilitator.
Cathy Jourdant

Cathy Jourdant

MyTime Facilitator

Bio Coming Soon…

Lisa Archibald

Lisa Archibald

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor Education

Bio to come

Tracie Wallace

Tracie Wallace

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Education

Tracie enjoys working with young children and their families and finds that there is always something new to experience and learn at Early Connections.  She describes her workmates as diverse and professional but considers them friends too and acknowledges that this dynamic greatly contributes to making the team so special.

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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Special Education

Melissa has previous experience teaching in an Early Childhood Development Program at a Special School. She enjoys working with children as babies and following them through to transitioning to their first year of school. 

Kanti-Saraswati

Kanti-Saraswati

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Kanti has a specific interest in working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has extensive experience in intensive support for children and their families with a focus on speech and language. Her expertise in learning disabilities, augmentative and alternative communication, dysphagia and dyspraxia allows children to build valuable life skills.

Jan Cartwright

Jan Cartwright

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Jan has extensive experience working with children through the community health system, through the disability sector and within her own private practice with a specific interest in dysphagia. She loves working with other professionals to deliver the best and most holistic care possible.

Rachel Kilbourne

Rachel Kilbourne

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Science Speech Pathology

Rachel supports children with a diverse range of disabilities to develop their communication. She has a special interest in using alternative and augmentative communication for children with complex needs. Rachel runs the Hanen Centre ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program for children with language delays and is a Key Word Sign presenter.

Trudy Brandse

Trudy Brandse

Admin Claiming Coordinator

Trudy is highly accomplished in key administrative systems, she has certifications in Business and Administration for which she received an Award of Excellence. Trudy is passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector and has a strong belief that strong families build strong communities.

 

Jannah Currie

Jannah Currie

Booking Officer and Allied Health Assistant

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Jannah has extensive experience working in the community sector, namely with CALD and refugee families both in Australia and overseas. She enjoys working with a diverse and knowledgeable team and looks forward to supporting  families. Jannah also has Bachelor in Humanitarian and Community Services.

 

Monique Delmadoros

Monique Delmadoros

Administration Officer

Monique is a highly organised and valuable administrative professional with a diverse skillset with experience in healthcare and community services. With a positive attitude and welcoming smile, Monique has extensive experience in the field of administration and accounts making her an integral part of the team.

 

My Time Coffs Coast

Our MyTime group provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role. Caring for a child with a disability is often described as a journey. MyTime can introduce you to others on a similar journey, who can help you find your way

Who can join

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers – including mums, dads, grandparents and the principal carer – who are eligible for the Carer Allowance (Child) for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition

 

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  • – Facilitator: Cathy Jourdant Venue:
  • – Early Connections 13 Kane Crescent Coffs Harbour
  • – Every Friday during School Term Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm

 

 

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