Language and Learning Steps
Janet and Sue have worked together for 30 years as an inter- disciplinary team, combining their expertise and experience in the areas of education and therapy. Their working relationship began at The Glenleighden School in Brisbane -a Specialist School established by an extraordinary educator and psychologist, Mancel Ellis Robinson AM (BA Hons (Qld), MA (Tor), MA (Reading), MAPsS). Janet and Sue worked closely together in this multi disciplinary setting as leaders for 20 years, before establishing their own Private Practices. Janet and Sue have been the presenters of the Derbyshire Language Scheme (UK) in Australia for some years and have used the program continually since 1984. Both are qualified users of Cued Articulation and the Paget-Gorman Signing System, of which Janet is also an examiner.
Language and Learning Steps is the name of their joint company,formed in 2013 when developing their first educational therapy language app, Key Word Kids, based on the Derbyshire Language Program. They developed this iOS App while participating in the Germinate Program of iLab, Uniquest (University of Queensland, Australia) and went on to develop Key Verbs with Steffy & James. Development continues steadily.
M Sp Path., B Sp Thy.
Sue is a highly experienced Speech Language Pathologist and Founding Director of Speech Language and Learning: Educational Therapy Consultancy, a private practice operating within a few independent (private) schools and consulting rooms in Clayfield, Brisbane with an Occupational Therapy colleague. Please see her website: www.speechlanguageandlearning.com.au
The consultancy has been operating since 2004 supporting children and adolescents who have a wide range of speech, language, voice, behavior, literacy learning and communication difficulties. Sue served on the Board of Directors, CHI.L.D. Association (including Let’s Talk and The Glenleighden School in Brisbane from 2015 until 2018).
Sue has always worked within a team framework particularly as Manager or Department Head and has experience within hospital and non-government educational organizations and outreach settings, working with, supporting and teaching staff and parents. Her areas of extensive experience include: language disorders, speech dyspraxia (developmental verbal dyspraxia/ childhood apraxia), severe learning and literacy difficulties, hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and autism.
She also has an interest in working with ESL students, supporting their English language learning. More recently, since 2006 she has been involved in supporting children and volunteers working in developing communities overseas through Aus Aid, an Australian Government Aid Organisation and Speech Pathology Australia. She is currently Speech Pathology Australia co-representative for Private Practitioners in Queensland and a representative on the Advisory Panel for the Australian Catholic University Speech Pathology course.
M. Ed., Guidance & Counselling, M.A. Play Therapy, Dip Ed; Dip Spec Ed, AMI Dip Montessori 3-6, Post Grad Certificate in Therapeutic Play, Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy. Accredited and Registered Play Therapist.
Janet is a trained Guidance Counsellor, Primary Teacher, Special Education and Learning Support Teacher, Early Childhood AMI Montessori (3-6) teacher and Play/Sand Play Therapist. She is also trained and experienced in Functional Behavioural Analysis (IABA Longitudinal Analysis) and teaching English as a Second Language. She has worked in various roles within the State and Independent sectors, including leadership and mentoring roles, teaching roles and Guidance Officer/School Counsellor roles, and in her private practice in Brisbane, Learning Steps Educational Therapy Consultancy where she works with children and adolescents with language, literacy, communication, behavior and social-emotional difficulties.
Janet’s extensive experience and consultation roles include working with children, parents and staff in the areas of early intervention and early childhood, autism, speech language and related difficulties, literacy and learning difficulties, hearing, physical impairment and behaviour difficulties. Janet sees children and adolescents for language, learning and educational therapy as well as for play therapy and counselling.