Port Macquarie Hastings 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. 

Beth Todd

Manager Port Macquarie-Hastings

Beth has worked at Early Connections for 16 years with a commitment to providing excellent, professional services. In addition to her supervisory role and services as a speech pathologist, Beth assists with class programming and participation, facilitates group language activities in classes, provides parental education and manages outreach speech pathology visits.
 
Beth brings compassion to her role and strives to work harmoniously with other organisations in order to provide the best possible continued service to families. Beth feels privileged to provide support to families at such a critical time in their journey as they adjust to and embrace their children’s challenges.
 
Beth works alongside the Port Macquarie Management Committee who volunteer their time to contribute to the Alliance with knowledge, expertise, advice and leadership. 
Tenille Jordan

Tenille Jordan

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Tenille has worked in private practice and UK schools developing a literacy program. She loves helping others and finds it incredibly rewarding to support children and make a difference in their speech, language, literacy and overall communication.

Tiare Lanser

Tiare Lanser

Senior Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Tiare has a particular interest in feeding therapy and helping children with Autism. She returned to Port Macquarie in 2020 after working in Queensland, for disability services and in private practice. Tiare loves helping children have a voice and achieve their goals.

Shannon Frost

Shannon Frost

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Shannon has worked as an Allied Health Assistant at a paediatric disability service. She sees communication both verbal and non–verbal as a big part of our everyday life and our identity. Shannon has trained with Sue Larkey in positive behaviour management.

Jessica Ramsay

Jessica Ramsay

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Jessica enjoys forming strong connections with each child and working collaboratively with families to help each child reach their communication goals and enhance their confidence. 

Bianca Stroh

Bianca Stroh

Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bianca joins the team from Melbourne where she worked in the aged care sector as well as in community health and home visiting. She loves helping children participate in play, social engagement, self care and their community.

Diana Smith

Diana Smith

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Diana enjoys working with families to achieve their unique and personal goals in activities that are meaningful to them.

Paige Leishman

Paige Leishman

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Student

Paige is studying Occupational Therapy at CSU Port Macquarie. A qualified swim teacher at Port Macquarie Olympic pool, Paige brings her skills from swim teaching, as well as experience working with children to ensure that they find joy and meaning within their daily lives.

Tenneal Calcutt

Tenneal Calcutt

Senior Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Tenneal has worked across not for profit, government and private practice in the pediatric and disability sector. She has additional training in DIR Floortime, Traffic Jam in my Brain, SPARKS Communication, So Safe, Key Worker and Brian Hoare CP Training.

Anne Tutt

Anne Tutt

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Diploma of Primary Education

Anne joins the team from St Josephs Primary School Port Macquarie where she enjoyed 18 years teaching mainly as a Kindergarten teacher. In the last 8 years, Anne was an Additional Needs Teacher on the school Leadership Team.

Sue Campbell

Sue Campbell

Senior Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Sue has 22 years experience as a paediatric physiotherapist. Sue enjoys helping children achieve motor milestones and devising user friendly programs for families to slip into their daily routines. She is creative with everyday routines that can be used as developmental opportunities.

Jenny Kahler

Jenny Kahler

Administration Assistant

Certificate III in Child Care Studies

Jenny has worked with Early Connections since 2007 and prior to that, spent 10 years at a local preschool assisting children with disabilities. Jenny enjoys welcoming new families and developing trusting relationships with them.

Siobhan Pickard

Siobhan Pickard

Physiotherapy Assistant

Studying Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Siobhan is a final year of Physiotherapy student at the University of Newcastle. She loves working with children and their families to achieve motor milestones and is particularly interested in enhancing participation in community sports and events.

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Jessica Hart

Jessica Hart

Therapy Assistant

Certificate 4 Allied Health Assistant

With previous experience as a registered nurse and midwife Jessica will work closely with our Senior Physiotherapist and is looking forward to meeting lots of great kids and their families, making physio fun and supporting families in a variety of locations.

Joanne Middlebrook

Joanne Middlebrook

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Diploma in Teaching

With 30 years experience in early childhood Joanne enjoys her work as a key worker supporting families and building the skills of children in their home, education and community settings. Jo helps local educators develop inclusive practices and skills and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts Practice.

Katie Freeman

Katie Freeman

Provisional Pyschologist

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Katie holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Katie brings experience and diverse skills to her position and is passionate about supporting families with additional needs.

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Bronwyn Woods

Bronwyn Woods

Administrator

Finance & Accounting

Bronwyn joined the team in 2002 and manages our accounts and finances. In addition to watching children and families develop, Bronwyn loves that she is always learning in her role which she describes as varied, flexible and challenging.

Kylie Shields

Kylie Shields

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor Early Childhood Teaching

Kylie has experience at Mid North Coast preschools and additional  Accidental Counsellor Training. Kylie enjoys building attachments with children and providing emotional help and support for individual children and their families.

Phoebe Thompson-Star

Phoebe Thompson-Star

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.

Suzi Phillips

Suzi Phillips

Administration Assistant

Cert 3 Medical Administration and
Cert 3 Business Administration

Suzi enjoys being part of a caring and supportive environment and brings friendliness, empathy and compassion to Early Connections.

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

 

 

 

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