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Wellington

Liz MessinaSpeech-Language Therapist

Lower North Island Regional Manager

 

I am a Speech-Language Therapist (SLT) and branch manager for TalkLink Lower North Island.

In 2000 I moved to Wellington to help establish the TalkLink service. Prior to this I worked as an SLT in the areas of Special Education, in the hospital system and as a community therapist with adults. I also worked in private practice, as an SLT for Cavit ABI, and as a consultant SLT for Kimberley, North Shore and Auckland Hospitals in Auckland.

My role at TalkLink is twofold. I work primarily as a speech-language therapist, triaging and assessing client’s communication needs and abilities. Assistive communication solutions are then identified, set up and trialled for clients use. Funding applications are completed on the client’s behalf.

The second part of my job is to manage the lower North Island service. I have responsibility for ensuring that service outcomes and clinical service standards of excellence are established and met by all staff. This part of my role involves liaising with the TalkLink General Manager, and ensuring that the Talklink Board’s vision for TalkLink is met.

Technical Support

I have been with TalkLink since 1991 when the service was established in Auckland. I am trained as an occupational therapist, but no longer registered as such, or work in a clinical role.

My current position is very different as I now serve as an Assistive Technology Consultant.

This role calls upon my many years of experience of involvement with technology solutions for our clients who have a communication impairment. I provide a supporting role for all staff members with regard to technical and administrative functions. This involves mentoring in the quality of TalkLink service, the establishment and documenting of policy and procedure and providing support for management.

 

Office Manager

My background is in Administration and Computer Systems Implementation.

Graphic Designer

I am the Wellington graphics designer. I develop and create all of the low technology communication systems. I am responsible for selecting the content of, and generating graphical communication documents using specialised computer programmes. These documents are used in communication boards or books and as pictorial overlays in high technology communication devices.

I have extensive experience in the field of graphical design and have a Diploma in Graphic Design.

I am married with three adult children. I am actively involved in my church, and my husband and I are in the process of developing an olive grove in the Wairarapa.

Administration and Equipment SupportClaire-Thorntonweb

I am a part-time administrator and support provider for equipment and assistive technology at TalkLink Wellington, having joined the team in December 2012.

I am married with two children. Previous to having children I worked as a social worker in the areas of care and protection of children, youth justice, family support, adoption and emergency housing.

In my spare time I like to look after our large garden, go running and mountain-biking..

Pauline GreenOccupational Therapist

I am an Occupational Therapist on the Talklink Wellington team, which I joined in January 2009.

Previous to working at Talklink I studied sports and therapeutic massage and sport and recreation in Hawkes Bay. Following this, I decided to study Occupational Therapy and subsequently graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2008

As an Occupational Therapist on the TalkLink team I am involved in assessing the functional abilities of clients in regard to supporting their independent access to both written and spoken communication technology.

Jessica Hunter-WilsonSpeech-Language Therapist

My name is Jessica Hunter-Wilson and I am a Speech-Language Therapist who joined the Talklink Wellington team in April 2014. I completed my studies at the University of Canterbury in 2013. I have had many positive experiences working with assistive technology with both adults and children. During my studies I was given the opportunity to facilitate a ‘technology group’ at a rehabilitation hospital in Canada, which confirmed my passion for assisting people to communicate using technology. I am originally from Christchurch and in my spare time I enjoy to cook, travel and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I am looking forward to working with you and your family.

HannahSpeech-Language Therapist

I am a Speech and Language Therapist, originally from Wales. I moved from the UK to Christchurch in 2012 following the completion of my studies at Sheffield University in the same year. I joined the Wellington Talklink team in May 2014.

I have had experience working with both adult and paediatric clients during my clinical placements and also as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Assistant for two years in the UK and as a Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant in Christchurch before moving to Wellington.  I have a passion for working with adults and children using Assisted Technology, seeing the difference technology can make and the sense of independence it can give to clients.

As a Speech and Language Therapist for Talklink I help and train clients, their families and those around them to effectively implement Assisted Technology to further empower them.  I look forward to meeting and working with you and your family.

Speech-Language Therapist

I am a Speech-Language Therapist who has re-joined the Wellington TalkLink team in 2015. I had a previous role with the team in 2006.

I am from Wellington and studied at Victoria University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Education. I also studied at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy (Hons).

I have worked in a variety of settings with both children and adults with communication delays and disorders. This has included working in healthcare settings/hospitals and with the Ministry of Education, with preschool and school aged children. I have experienced a range of different communication and learning needs and worked with a number of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. It’s exciting to see how communication and learning can be transformed with different AAC systems.

I love working as part of a team and look forward to working together to achieve one’s communication and learning potential using assistive technology.

Claire OramwebTeacher/Trainer

Kia ora, I am a registered teacher who joined the Wellington TalkLink team in 2014.

Prior to joining TalkLink I worked as the District Technology Advisor at Special Education. In this role I helped schools and educational teams with applying for Assistive Technology, supplied equipment for students to trial and  trained staff in how to use equipment. I also worked on the funding for students in the Central South Region. I have always had a passion for supporting students with disabilities and in the use of technology to help them achieve success.

My role as a teacher/trainer is new to the Wellington team and I look forward to supporting TalkLink clients, and their support teams, in learning how to use their Assistive Technology to help them become effective communicators.

I look forward to working with you and your team.

 

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