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Speech-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..

Occupational 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.

Occupational TherapistNickyBank2013

I am an Occupational Therapist who joined the TalkLink clinical team in March 2013.  I have a background in paediatrics, working in schools in the Special Education service since 2005 and prior to that, with the Child Development Service at Hutt Valley DHB.   I also have experience working with adults in rehabilitation and elderly services in the public and private health systems

Through my experience of working with children, I gained an appreciation of the role of assistive technology in improving an individual’s independent participation in activities of daily life.   I particularly enjoyed the ‘assistive technology’ aspects of my previous work in Special Education and am pleased to be able to focus more on this area of practice at TalkLink.

I carry out assessments of the functional abilities of clients in regard to their independent physical access to both written and spoken communication technology. I look forward to working with you and your family to enhance your abilities through the use of assistive technology.


Speech-Language Therapist

I am a Speech and Language Therapist who joined the TalkLink Wellington team in January 2012. I completed my studies in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury in 2011. I have had experience working both with Paediatric and Adult clients in the education and health settings throughout my clinical placements. I was introduced to assistive technology during my studies which inspired me to work in this area to empower individuals to communicate using various means. I am originally from Christchurch, and have an interest in art, photography and travel. I look forward to working with you and your family.

Speech-Language Therapist

I am a Speech and Language Therapist who joined the Talklink Wellington team in January 2012.

I completed my studies in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Auckland in 2011. During my degree I had a clinical placement at Talklink Auckland, where I was inspired to pursue this field of work.

My passion is using technology to assist with unveiling a client’s communication competency.

I look forward to working with you and your family/whānau.

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