Manning & Great Lakes 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. 

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The Early Connections Manning & Great Lakes team look forward to helping your child thrive.
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Sally Gibson

Manager Manning & Great Lakes

 

Sally has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and has worked with Early Connections for over 25 years. Sally is enormously proud of the team at Early Connections and loves being a part of the life-changing progress that we see emerging with each child and their families.

Sally’s goal is to provide an inclusive, quality service for families in a respectful and encouraging manner. Sally works alongside the Manning and Great Lakes Management Committee who volunteer their time to contribute to the Alliance with knowledge, expertise, advice and leadership. 

Laura Nadin

Laura Nadin

Assistant Manager

Bachelor of Education

Laura has worked for many years in the education field as an educator, a director and as a special needs support educator. Laura has a passion for inclusion, early intervention and special education and enjoys working with early childhood services to work towards best practice for inclusion. She believes play is integral in childhood development and that every child learns in their own individual way. Laura wishes that every child has the same opportunities as each other and hope’s to connect with families and children in the community to support them on their journey.

 

Ashwin Singh

Ashwin Singh

Registered Psychologist

Ashwin has training and experience in working with children with intellectual disability, autism, ADHD and behavioural or emotional issues. He also enjoys supporting parents and caregivers through the journey of raising children, particularly when dealing with the stress that other life stuff can bring, and he is skilled in support for anxiety, stress, depression and trauma. As a psychologist, Ashwin can provide assessment and diagnosis regarding children’s development, including level of intellectual ability and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Rochelle Connor

Rochelle Connor

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Rochelle has worked with children and adolescents with a range of physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities. She works to assist children to participate fully in their family and community life and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children.

Bonnie Moses

Bonnie Moses

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Bonnie enjoys working with families to give them the skills to foster their children’s communication. She creates strategies that are functional and relevant to each individual child. Bonnie has a passion for early language development and is trained in the Hanen- ‘More Than Words’ program.

Gina Payne

Gina Payne

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Gina is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with additional training in the Hanen “More Than Words” program. Gina is experienced in the assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders and works with our clients in a variety of settings. Gina aims to provide the best support and care to the children and families she sees to help them to reach their unique and individual goals.  

Jessica Searle

Jessica Searle

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Jessica’s areas of clinical interest include pre-linguistic (before speech) skills, augmentative & alternative communication (AAC), early language development and school-aged literacy. She has completed further training in DIR Floortime, Hanen More Than Words & Key Word Sign (Levels 1 – 4).

Glenyss Gaffney

Glenyss Gaffney

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood

Glenyss Gaffney has three decades experience in the early childhood sector as an Early Childhood Educator, Director and Inclusion Support Facilitator. Her goal is to provide support for children, families, community and staff focusing on individual strengths and capabilities.

Cathy Mannix

Cathy Mannix

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Diploma in Teaching

Cathy’s goals have always been to work towards getting children as ready for life after their pre-school years in the best way possible, particularly socially and emotionally, and to support their parents and carers to guide them on this journey.

 

Fiona Macalister

Fiona Macalister

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood

Fiona has experience working in schools supporting children with additional needs and with the Deaf and Blind Institute.  Fiona is a passionate advocate for inclusive practices and is dedicated to her work with families and early intervention.

Kathryn Holesgrove

Kathryn Holesgrove

Administration

Diploma Frontline Management

Kathryn has worked in various administration roles throughout her career.  She has a background in all fields of HR and is passionate about Work Health and Safety.  Although only new to Early Connections she has had prior experience in a similar organization in the Hunter area. 

Raelene Carmichael

Raelene Carmichael

Administration

Raelene has worked as a teacher’s assistant and support worker at Early Connections. She also facilitates the My Time group and playgroup. A passionate preschool educator Raelene loves working with young children and their families and is passionate about early intervention.

Gill Wesley

Gill Wesley

Administration

Gill has worked in the Administration sector for over 30 years with previous experience at the Hunter New England Health Service.

Lisa McGarrigle

Lisa McGarrigle

Early Intervention Teacher

Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards

Finance Manager

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Jen is a Certified Practising Accountant with over 30 years experience in management and financial accounting, including the not-for-profit sector.

Jen is responsible for the financial management of Early Connections and brings a very positive approach to supporting the Executive and the Management Committee through her passion for ensuring the success of not-for-profit organisations.

Mandy deRoover

Mandy deRoover

Occupational Therapist

Mandy is an Occupational Therapist, who recently moved to from Tamworth. Originally from the Central Coast and the Illawarra, she is happy to have returned to the coast. Mandy has 2 adult kids who live only an hour away.
Mandy is excited to join the Early Connections- MGL  team and to work with a dedicated, supportive team to help children and families achieve their goals. She is loving working with children again and loves creating new fun ways to help them develop new skills.
Yuka Green

Yuka Green

Allied Health Assistant

Stefanie Kornelsen-Tickle

Stefanie Kornelsen-Tickle

Allied Health Assistant

Taylah Smith

Taylah Smith

Allied Health Assistant

Taylah is a current student at CSU Port Macquarie, pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. Taylah is always looking for new and creative ways to support children in their development. In addition to, cooperating closely with families to help them succeed in achieving their goals.

Chelsea Good

Chelsea Good

Allied Health Assistant

Chelsea is our compassionate Allied Health Assistant who joined the practice early in 2022, after completing her Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.  Chelsea loves helping our clients to grow and develop new skills, in a meaningful and supportive way.
All clients who are seen by Chelsea are overseen by one of our speech pathologists, who do the assessments, programming and reviews.
Monique Goodwin

Monique Goodwin

Early Intervention Teacher

Monique loves being an Early Intervention Teacher with the Manning and Great Lakes team. As a local, growing up on her family’s farm in Dyers Crossing, she now lives in Old Bar with her partner and fur baby (dog).
Monique is excited to work together with other education and therapy professionals to achieve children’s individual goals. She is also excited to continue extending her understanding of children’s unique development and strategies that can support them to connect with the community.
Veronica Richerdson

Veronica Richerdson

Occupational Therapist

Veronica is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate in supporting and empowering children and their families. She has previously lived in Tasmania, Victoria and is now excited to be working in the Manning and Great Lakes area.
Veronica is enjoying meeting and collaborating with new families and supporting them to participate meaningfully in their daily lives. She is excited to be working together with the Early Connections team to support these children and their families.
Family Friendly Workplace

Rewarding Careers

The Early Connections Alliance has ongoing opportunities to join our wonderful highly experienced team. If you’re looking for an exciting challenge, just starting your career or searching for a seachange share your expression of interest with us today.

Family-friendly workplace

All our locations offer an inclusive and family-friendly workplace for all stages of life in the context of family. We pride ourselves on supporting flexible work arrangements and a family friendly workplace culture.
Allied Health Assistant

Move & Groove

Come and join our new movement and music focused group for children aged 5-12 years.

Six weekly sessions developed to support your child’s core strength, hand-eye coordination, visual motor integration, memory, rhythm, confidence, and much more!

Term 3 2024

Tuncurry: 29/7/24 3.30pm-4.30pm

Taree: 30/7/24 3.30pm-4.30pm

Parent/caregiver must stay.

Cost: Sliding scale dependent on number of children attending, charged from NDIS plan. To book or for more info call 02 6552 7333 or email us

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

 

 

 

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