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Private AAC Assessors

In New Zealand, Communication Assistive Technology can be applied from through Whaikaha's EMS (Equipment and Modification Scheme) following an assessment. 

These assessments can be done publicly through TalkLink (anyone can self refer here) or pay privately for an assessment. .

All funding applications must be made by an appropriately qualified CAT1 or CAT2 accrediated assessor.  We advise the public to confirm that the assesor has an up-to-date CAT1 or CAT2 accrediation and current ATANZ membership prior to engaging wih them. Costs for assessments will vary between clincians. 

Here is a list of clinicians in private practice

 

Clinician Contact details  Region Telepractice offered Ages served Experience Focus areas
Denise Poole

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www.communicationconnect.link 

Northland Yes in conjunction with at least 1 in person visi Children, Adults who had communciation difficulties as children I have 30 years experience with CCN, 12 of these years working in Special Needs Schools. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Motor Nueron Disease, Neurological Conditions (Parkinson, MS etc)
Andrea Fehrensen https://deanfehrensen.wixsite.com/fehrensen  Auckland Yes Children, Adults who had communciation difficulties as children Special School with various clients with different complex communciation needs Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, intellectual Disability
 Brianna Oosterbroek https://findingvoices.co.nz/  Auckland No Children  4+ years  
 Justine Bovaird www.srsltd.co.nz  Auckland Yes Children, Adults with acquired disabilities Worked in the AAC field for many years. Experience in special schools and child community health.  Aquired Disability (Injury, head/neck cancer, TBI, stroke, Aphasia, etc), Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Intellectual Disability, Motor Neuron Disease
Michelle Chamberlain https://aspirecomm.co.nz/ South Auckland Yes Children I work with children and young adults with complex communication needs in a specialist education setting in south Auckland as well as owner of my private practice. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
 Kamini Naidoo www.cornerstonetherapy.co.nz  Waikato Yes Children 20+ years experience  Autism, Acquired disabilityCerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
 Marion Van Nierop   Waikato Yes Children, Adults who had communication difficulties as children  12 years in disability sector  Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
 Kathleen Jones   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tauranga, Western BOP Yes  Children, Adults who had communication difficulties as children  Experience working with preschoolers, school age children and young adults. 15 years experience as an SLT.  Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
Sarah Courtnage  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kapiti Coast Yes Children I have worked with clients with complex communication needs for over 15 years Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
Shannon Hennig http://www.inclusive-communication.co.nz Greater Wellington  Yes in conjunction with at least 1 in person visit Children, Adults who had communication difficulties as children I have over 15 years experience Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
Georgia Holibar http://www.daffodilspeechtherapy.co.nz  Canterbury Yes Children, Adults who had communication difficulties as children, Adults with acquired disabilities 6 years working at TalkLink Aquired Disability (Injury, head/neck cancer, TBI, stroke, Aphasia, etc), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Motor Neuron Disease, Neurological Conditions (Parkinson, MS etc), Vision impairment/CVI
Joanne Byrne https://www.speechtherapychristchurch.co.nz/  Canterbury Yes Children, Adults who had communication difficulties as children Over 23 years working with children and young people with disabilities. Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability
Zoe Hope https://www.shout-speech.co.nz/ Southland Yes Children, Adults who had communication difficulties as children Almost 4 years of working with ACC clients. The majority of the kids I see have complex communicatio needs Aquired Disability (Injury, head/neck cancer, TBI, stroke, Aphasia, etc), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability

 

 

- last update March 2024

 

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