Christina Adams is an accomplished speech pathologist who, since 2003, has been helping children and young people to manage difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills and using voice.
In particular, Christina supports young children with complex communication needs who might require augmentative and alternative communication, including using key word sign and assistive technology (speech-generating devices, eye gaze, pragmatic organisation dynamic display [PODDs] and visual supports). Other interest areas include the management of motor speech disorders, autism-specific interventions, mental health interventions, and mealtime support and paediatric feeding (including SOS approach). Christina has a special interest in family/carer-focussed training programs (including Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk, Hanen: More Than Words, Hanen: Learning Language and Loving It; Triple P Stepping Stones; Circle of Security Parenting Training).
Christina graduated from the University of Queensland in 2002 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (BSpPath). She is a certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia and has an Associate Diploma in Music Performance (AMusA). She’s also an avid singer and loves to incorporate music and singing into her sessions.
Christina has spent 15 years working in the disability sector in early childhood intervention and in child and youth mental health, both with children and adolescents. This includes time with the disability sector, Education Queensland, Child and Youth Mental Health and Autism-specific Early Learning and Care. Her work has taken her to regional Queensland cities, Brisbane and Tasmania.
Christina’s love of language initially drew her to speech pathology. Her desire to support people to develop skills to enable communication and positive social interactions, and to reduce the frustration that comes with having communication support needs is what keeps her there. She has a keen love of working with children and takes great satisfaction from seeing children and young people make gains, no matter how big or small, to enhance their communication and interaction skills. She also enjoys helping to give parents and carers skills that enable them to have an improved relationship with their child.
Some families may be eligible for support funding through Medicare or through their private health insurance, depending on the type of cover. Every circumstance is different and it is best to enquire with us and your health fund to understand the options outlined in these links:
- Helping Children with Autism Program
- Chronic Disease Management Plan
- Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan
You can also read more about speech pathology for children here:
- The Hanen Centre – programs that teach parents how to promote children’s language and literacy development during everyday activities
- The Prompt Institute – a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders
- Key Word Sign Australia – supporting language development
- Speech Pathology Australia – national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia