LOCATED IN HATFIELDS BEACH ON AUCKLAND'S HIBISCUS COAST
With over thirty year’s experience in the fields of speech-language therapy, teaching, and special education, Sara is able to offer comprehensive and effective individual tuition covering a wide range of difficulties:
Articulation (speech sounds)
Listening and concentration
“My daughter was quite behind her milestones with her speech due to hearing issues. Sara was recommended to us by a leading Wellington Otolaryngologist and worked with us over an 18 month period. Sara is a true professional and has a lovely way with the little ones, very patient and manages to keep them focused for the duration of the session. The results were fantastic. Over the period, my daughter went from having a speech level of 18 months behind her chronological age to approx 12-15 months in advance. Very sad to see Sara leave the Wellington area and wish her all the best for the future. Highly recommend Sara as a speech therapist”. Hannah “Sara worked with my daughter when she first started school. She was very patient and helped her very quickly get up to speed with her sounds. A few years later my son was recognised as having auditory processing problems. Sara spent time each week with him and helped us realise that he had some hearing issues. She was always welcoming to both my children and very patient in her approach to working with them so that they felt very comfortable attending the sessions which helped them progress quickly through the programmes and testing. I would recommend Sara to anyone whose children are having speech or learning difficulties. She made an enormous difference to their learning at a crucial time”.
Our son Zac worked with Sara for approximately 18 months. We lived some distance from Sara and travelled over an hour to each appointment – but it was SO worth it! Sara has a great knack for bonding with children quickly, keeping the work fun and customized to their age, stage and interests, while maintaining high expectations for success. Zac loved Sara's sense of humour and looked forward to the appointments. We saw rapid progress and Zac quickly gained confidence and was more comfortable and capable to communicate at school. He didn't need any encouragement to practise his speech using his Home Speech Bookthat Sara created and added to at each visit. As a parent, I felt assured the money each week/month was resulting in significant improvements in my son's speech. I have no hesitation in recommending Sara to other parents of children with speech delays/difficulties.
"We found Sara to be practical, clear and caring in her approach to our son's development. Sara has a calm and clear style of communication so you know exactly what is happening. We were delighted with her and our 5 year old son loved Sara. She is direct and in control with children but clearly fun and able to stimulate their brains. Would highly recommend her and are sorry to see her go."
“Sara gave me a new-found confidence when dealing with clients, and speaking to an audience. Thanks Sara for your help”.
“Thank you for being such a wonderful and caring teacher and speech therapist to Kimberly. We have been blessed through your sessions with Kimberly, and for the guidance you have given us regarding her learning needs”.
“Sara's expert skills and experience working with young children has been evident with our 4 year old daughter. From the initial assessment through to the ongoing communications, support and reassurance, Sara has been invaluable. Our daughter’s speech and confidence has improved dramatically over a relatively short period of time”.
"I like Sara very very very much, she teaches me words, and we play games"
Molly (4 years)
“Sara, the tools and techniques we have been working together on, have given me a new lease of life. Everyone has commented how much my speech and stutter has improved and I am much more confident. Your support, honesty and encouragement have been fantastic. Thank you”.
“Sara worked with our son for approximately 18 months during which time we saw an immense improvement in our little boy (Joshua), both scholastically and personally. Sara’s manner at all times was always kind, patient, caring and consistently encouraging. She is very skilled and experienced at working with children but is also an excellent communicator to the parents and we always felt fully informed and briefed on what she was doing and why. Through various techniques that Sara used, we can honestly say that Joshua’s ability to focus, to look at people in the eye when either being spoken to or when Joshua is talking, to speak more clearly and be understood, and his overall self confidence in applying himself to learning – all improved immensely”.
“Many thanks for the time and effort you spent with Jacob. It was so helpful to have your support and encouragement at a time when I was feeling very concerned and upset about Jacob's progress. I think as parents, we often need reassurance just as much as our children!“
"My 5 year old boy was delayed in some of his speech sounds. He is a bright and very lively boy and we were a bit concerned that he would get bored with speech therapy. Sara was absolutely amazing, she held his attention and kept him entertained while also really focusing him, and improving his speech beyond all recognition. We are very sad she is leaving Wellington as she is such a great teacher, and we recommend her highly."
“Sara has a lovely manner with children and is able to keep them entertained with her many games and makes the whole therapy session a lot of fun for the children. She did some great work with my 4 year old daughter who has a severe hearing loss and taught her to say words and sounds she hadn't previously been able to say. My daughter loved going to see Sara each week”.
“You have been so awesome, and the “J……” family couldn’t have made the advances they have without all your fantastic work with Nick. We will miss you”.
“We were very fortunate to have you teaching our son Liam. He is quite confident to speak for himself now. - Thank you again for everything you have done for Liam and we hope you have a successful practice in Auckland as well”.
“Sara established a great rapport with my 4 year old son right from the start, and used lots of games and teaching strategies to keep him focussed and interested – not an easy task!”
“My son loved going to Sara’s lessons, she instilled him with confidence in his own abilities and encouraged him to improve. With her assistance, she enabled my son to find the skills to pronounce sounds he had always struggled with. We are very grateful”.
"Sara was Helen's (aged 3.5 years) speech therapist for approximately 1 year. At the start of Helen's sessions she had numerous omissions in her speech but within less than a year Helen had improved significantly to the point where she no longer required assistance with her speech. I cannot recommend Sara more highly for her professional and approachable manner. Helen loved going to speech every week and we both miss our weekly sessions with Sara."
“With a few years hindsight I am absolutely convinced that time you spent with Ben in primary and intermediate was absolutely invaluable. Wishing you all the best in your new venture”.