Kempsey Team

34 Belgrave St Kempsey NSW 2440

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. 

Debbie Fraser

Manager Kempsey

Debbie is an Early Childhood Special Educator with a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Special Education. Debbie has worked in Early Childhood Services for over 30 years and with Early Connections Kempsey for 25 years.

Debbie loves to work in partnership with parents/caregivers, families, and early childhood services to enhance their knowledge, skills and supports to meet the needs of their children.

Debbie believes in inclusion for all children and their right to participate in family and community life.

Micha Rossell

Micha Rossell

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Micha has always worked for non-for-profit organisations in a variety of settings including homes, daycares, schools, and clinics. She provides speech and language therapy for children with various diagnoses including receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

Sam Trotter

Sam Trotter

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Sam loves helping her clients develop their speech and language skills. Helping children communicate and self-advocate is an immensely rewarding role.

Angela Stringer

Angela Stringer

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Angela has worked in the UK and Australia with preschool and school aged children. She worked at the Percy Hedley School where she completed a Master of Arts in Autism and also delivered a specialised Literacy and Social Communication Curriculum. She loves building Lego and enjoys discussing Star Wars and Dr Who and learning new memes from her teenage clients.

Kate Patterson

Kate Patterson

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Kate has worked on the Mid North Coast with people of all ages in a variety of settings including work rehabilitation services, inpatient & community mental health services & now paediatrics. Kate grew up in the Kempsey – Crescent Head area.

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Julia Heise

Julia Heise

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Julia has over 15 years experience working with people of all ages. Julia is passionate about working with kids and having fun in therapy. She has particular interest in working with families to help them feel supported and achieve their goals, while understanding that you are the expert of your own child.

Katie Burt

Katie Burt

Physiotherapist

Masters in Physiotherapy

Elite athlete Katie has experience in a wide variety of sports at a national level. Katie graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy. Katie has a passion for helping people of all ages and especially loves working with children to help them achieve their goals and maximise their potential.

Janet Jensen

Janet Jensen

Early Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood

Janet worked as Director within the Kempsey Aboriginal Community Early Childhood Sector and has helped forge strong relationships with the early childhood centres in the region and a wide network of professional peers. Janet has a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood and is a Registered Facilitator in Circle of Security. 

Kirsty Mainey

Kirsty Mainey

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor Teaching Early Childhood

Kirsty has worked in the Early Childhood sector as an Early Childhood Teacher and Assistant Director. She has worked alongside a variety of cultures and is passionate about providing support for children and their families and building the capacity for all families to lead a wholesome and confident life and to feel connected to their community. 

 

Elyse Wilson

Elyse Wilson

Finance Manager

Bachelor of Business

Elyse joined the team in 2020 as Finance Manager. With a Business Degree Majoring in Accounting, Elyse brings over 15 years of experience to the role. Elyse was born and raised in the Macleay and returned to the area to raise her 2 children.

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Keya Calhoun

Keya Calhoun

Administrator

Certificate III in Business Administration

Keya has experience advocating within the disability and health sector for children with additional needs as two of her five children have Autism. This experience helps Keya to connect with and support families in a unique way. Keya has a Certificate II in Design Fundamentals.

Cheridyn Bennett

Cheridyn Bennett

Allied Health Assistant

Cheridyn is an Allied Health Assistant in Occupational Therapy. Cheridyn has lived in Kempsey for most of her life. She has experience in mental health, disability and working with school aged children in programs with ASD, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders. She is passionate about child health and well-being.

Phoebe Thompson Starr

Phoebe Thompson Starr

Music Therapist

Masters in Creative Music Therapy

As a music therapist, Phoebe has experience working with clients with a range of presentations including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay and Anxiety.

Kylie Hungerford

Kylie Hungerford

Allied Health Assistant

Cert IV Allied Health 

With a background in Family Day Care and having completed her Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant course Kylie is passionate and is enjoying working with children and their families to make sure all our children live their best lives.

 

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The Early Connections Kempsey team look forward to helping your child thrive.
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