Welcome to Spark Speech Pathology
Welcome to Spark Speech Pathology. Each of our clients already has their own unique spark. Our goal is to keep that spark glowing and provide the necessary fuel to keep it burning bright. Communicating effectively involves creating meaningful connections with others. At Spark, we believe it's all about enlightening others and igniting connections.
How We Ignite Connections
Igniting connections between our therapists and their clients and personalising their therapy programs to keep them engaged and motivated. We provide both individual and group therapy at our rooms in Caulfield South, at local schools and Childcare Centres or at your home. We also offer Telehealth sessions.
Igniting connections between our clients and their peers or colleagues. At Spark, we have a special interest in the area of social skills. We believe social skills are essential throughout our lifespan in order to make strong connections with others and maintain self-esteem. We work with children of all ages (including pre-school), adolescents and adults to assist with conversational skills, working and playing co-operatively, friendships and reading social situations. For more information about our social skills training, please click here:
Igniting connections in our clients’ brains to assist them to learn skills and enable them to move forward toward their goals. We are strong advocates of developing a growth mindset and having the courage to attempt tasks that may at first seem difficult or a little scary, which results in stronger neural connections.
Igniting connections with other professionals who are involved with our clients (e.g. Teachers, Psychologists, Paediatricians). This ensures that the clients are viewed holistically and that skills learned can be transferred into other settings. We also believe in setting goals that are functional and meaningful across different contexts.
Located in Southeastern Melbourne, Victoria.
Meet the Team
All Speech Pathologists at Spark Speech Pathology are registered Speech Pathology Australia members.
Beverley Sher (Principal)
Beverley (Bev) Sher is a Speech and Language Pathologist as well as a qualified Drama teacher. She has worked extensively with preschool children, primary school students, adolescents and adults, particularly supporting students with language-based learning difficulties as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorders to cope in a mainstream educational setting. She qualified as a Speech Pathologist in South Africa and had the unique e experience of working in a specialist type school exclusively for high functioning children with specific learning disabilities. Since immigrating to Australia in 1998, Beverley has worked as a Speech Pathologist for the Department of Education and in Private Practice. She uses drama in her therapy across all ages and has found it be an especially useful tool within the fields of pragmatic disorders and social skills training. She has been running Social Skills groups for almost 20 years now and has developed a special interest in this area. She has also held the position of Speech Pathologist and Clinical Co-ordinator of the Fragile X Alliance Clinic, one of only two clinics of its type in Australia. Due to her specialized and varied experience, she has presented at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally.
Liz Zhornitsky (Prinicpal)
Liz Zhornitsky is a Speech Pathologist who has worked in a variety of settings such as Childcare Centres, Kindergartens and schools. She works with toddlers, school aged students and adolescents Some of the therapy she provides includes working on language skills, helping with reading and writing, stuttering, speech difficulties, auditory processing and social skills. She has a special interest in social skills, having attended numerous training and professional developments in this area. She runs social skills groups as well as individual sessions, which work on developing friendship skills, conflict resolution and problem solving skills. Liz has undergone additional training in a broad range of courses such as Hanen It Takes Two, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment.