Rose Purdie completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2003 at Flinders University, South Australia. Over the past sixteen years Rose has worked in a broad range of paediatric settings, including in a multidisciplinary team with the Education Department working in schools for a number of years and heading up a pilot project in a child-care centre advocating for early intervention for toddlers and young children. She spent a year overseas in the Falkland Islands providing therapy and support for students with special needs in the mainstream setting, with a focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems, as well as home-based services in remote communities.
Rose has worked previously in a busy private speech pathology clinic, utilising evidence-based practice in therapy for children with articulation and phonological disorders, language delay and disorders, auditory processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders and fluency difficulties. She has also worked in a special developmental school, supporting students with an ASD, intellectual disabilities and other disabilities.
Following this she worked in early intervention for an autism specific service provider offering home-based family-centred practice. She is also a Hanen-certified speech pathologist for the programs ‘It takes two to Talk’ and ‘More than Words’. Rose has a passion for helping all children achieve communication success, but particularly enjoys helping young children with minimal language.
In September 2012 Rose and Renee together established the Words in Motion Speech Pathology Clinic. Since this time, the business has flourished and Rose's passions have diversified to becoming a mother herself and taking on the role of Clinical Director to a fabulous staff team.
Renee Townson completed the Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree at La Trobe University, Bundoora in 2004. Since graduating she has worked almost exclusively with children with additional needs and their families, including in large part, children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This has included working as a therapist and Allied Health Coordinator at a special developmental school for many years and part-time in a special school setting. After leaving the education system she worked as an Early Intervention Specialist with Australia's largest not for profit Autism service provider, providing autism specific services in homes and working closely with psychologists and occupational therapists.
Renee has been involved in various initiatives to improve the lives of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including a project with IRODA in Tajikistan in 2014 which saw children with an ASD being diagnosed there for the first time. She also had the opportunity to travel to Bangladesh in 2017 as a volunteer to assist with training and consultation with health professionals and families supporting children with special needs.
Renee's passion is working as the managing director at Words In Motion Speech Pathology. This role is focused primarily around communication and consultation with families, managing new and existing clients and overall development of the service. It is our aim to ensure all of our clients and families receive an appropriate and effective service, and that our clinicians continue to experience a feeling of confidence and enjoyment while providing services at our clinic.
Rose and Renee are blessed with a fantastic team of dedicated and professional Speech Pathologists to work alongside at Words In Motion. Meet the rest of the team!