Our Team

  • Socially Speaking Team

  • Socially Speaking Team

    Alison Schroeder

    Justine Aldous

    Georgina Hemmings

    Dean Sutherland

     

     

    • Alison Schroeder
      Speech & Language Therapist, Primary School Teacher, Author, Owner and Executive Director

      Alison Schroeder

      Speech & Language Therapist, Primary School Teacher, Author, Owner and Executive Director

      Alison Schroeder is a New Zealand registered Speech & Language Therapist and Primary School Teacher who founded Socially Speaking in 2003.  She has over 25 years’ experience as a speech & language therapist and also teaching students with special needs (New Zealand, UK and Hong Kong).  Alison’s comprehensive experience includes screening, evaluating and working with individuals with a wide range of social and communication challenges. She runs Social Clubs alongside her staff and also regularly consults with other professionals and schools working with children with social challenges.

      Alison has recently attended courses in Melbourne on the Alert Programme (Click here) and Social Thinking (Click here).  These programmes are being continually integrated into assessments, therapy and group sessions run by Socially Speaking

      Alison has written a number of social skills and language resources (including The Friendship Formula, Socially Speaking and Time to Talk books and games) which are published in the United Kingdom and used throughout the world.

      Personal Info:
      • Qualifications:
        Diploma of Speech & Language Therapy and Primary Teaching, Bachelor of Education
      • Language Resources Published:
        Time to Talk Book, Time to Talk Game, Socially Speaking Book, Socially Speaking Game, Friendship Formula Book, Friendship Formula Game, Ginger Bear Puppet, Social Skills, Stickers and Social Skills Posters.

      • Expertise:

        Children/Young People with Social and Emotional Challenges including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Gifted and Talented,  Dsypraxia and Challenging Behaviours

    • Justine Aldous
      Occupational Therapist

      Justine Aldous

      Occupational Therapist

      Justine Aldous is a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist. She has over 24 years’ experience working in mental health, vocational rehabilitation and paediatrics. Justine certified in Sensory Integration with Anita Bundy in 1994. She has worked in New Zealand and Australia with young adults and teenagers experiencing difficulties with managing feelings of stress and anxiety, and has continued to develop her skills in this area over the 9 years she has worked for Socially Speaking.

      Justine enjoys working with children and young people to enable them to develop self-regulation skills utilising sensory processing, physiological and cognitive strategies. This promotes well-being and the ability of children to engage in the everyday roles and functions which are required of them – eg to experience success in school, home and leisure activities to the best of their abilities

      Justine has recently attended a course in Melbourne on the Alert Programme (see here). This programme is being continually integrated into assessments, therapy and group sessions run by Socially Speaking

      Personal Info:
      • Qualifications:
        Diploma of Occupational Therapy
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      • Expertise:

        Sensory Processing, Managing Stress and Anxiety, Self-Regulation, Activities of Daily Living

    • Georgina Hemmings
      Speech & Language Therapist

      Georgina Hemmings

      Speech & Language Therapist

      Georgina Hemmings is a UK trained Speech and Language Therapist, who moved to New Zealand in 2011. She has a BSc in Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy) awarded by Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.  After graduating, Georgina worked for 7 years, prior to coming to New Zealand, at a private residential special needs school for young people with social communication difficulties, primarily on the Autistic Spectrum, aged 5-19  years old.  Whilst in the UK, Georgina specialised in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders, with a focus on complex and challenging behaviour.

      Georgina has worked for Socially Speaking for 3 years.  In that time she has run numerous groups in schools focusing on oral language and social and emotional skills.  She has also worked with students with complex and challenging behaviours in the school environment.

      Georgina has recently attended a course in Melbourne on Social Thinking (Click here).  This programme is being continually integrated into assessments, therapy and group sessions run by Socially Speaking

      Personal Info:
      • Qualifications:
        BSc In Clinical Sciences (Speech & Language Therapy) Leeds Metropolitan University
      • Expertise:

        Autism Spectrum Disorders, with a focus on complex and challenging behavior.

    • Dean Sutherland
      Speech & Language Therapist

      Dean Sutherland

      Speech & Language Therapist

      Dean Sutherland is a New Zealand-registered Speech-language therapist and lecturer at the University of Canterbury where he supports trainee speech therapists. Dean has worked clinically for 13 years with children and adults. He has also researched and authored 15 academic articles in the area of autism spectrum disorder and communication as well as several textbook chapters on Communication development. He is passionate about supporting children, young people and their families to develop effective communication and interaction skills so they can live meaningful lives.

      Personal Info:
      • Qualifications:
        Bachelor of Speech & Language Therapy, Masters of Speech & Language Therapy, PHD
      • Language Resources Published:
        15 Academic articles in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Communication, Several textbook chapters on Communication Development.

      • Expertise:

        Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Supporting teachers and parents around communication and behaviour, Research, Tertiary teaching