Jillian provides individual supports via clinic and telehealth services, facilitates online community groups, and provides interactive educational webinars.
Jillian's services are neurodiverse affirming.
She combines clinic and telehealth with parents sending videos of typical situations and home practice.
Hi! I’m Jillian, the director of Feeding & Speech Therapy and experienced Speech Pathologist
Despite being based on the Gold Coast my services are available for suitable candidates Australia wide via Telehealth services.
It’s important to know that your therapist has a wealth of experience, so let me share my career background with you.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland in 2001. I’m a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and member of Speech Pathology Australia. My career has taken me to Townsville, Perth, England, and finally my home of the Gold Coast.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have the unique opportunity to experience my profession through a wide spectrum of settings from acute hospital settings, working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, through to the community setting.
I have a passion for teaching and have provided Clinical Educator and Lecturer services to Griffith University (Gold Coast) and James Cook University (Townsville). This passion for teaching shapes my service, as I approach therapy with a strong aim of empowering parents and carers to support children.
I also have a passion for nature, community and gardening, and a strong dislike for mowing. To my delight my native trees, fruit trees and expanding vegetable patches are gradually taking over my lawn!
Honesty, integrity, kindness, non-judgement and balance.
I value all children’s unique abilities. I aim to support children to learn new skills in feeding and communication skills that they can take into a range of settings over their lifespan. I consider feeding, communication and literacy skills as essential skills, that bring joy and social connection.
Courses for Parents and Professionals
Supervision Services for Speech Pathologists
Supporting children and young adults with food worries, and infants transitioning to solids and more textured foods.
Supporting your child from first words to abundant vocabulary, to age appropriate grammar. Supporting children with unique abilities to connect through 2 way communication.
Support is provided with a range of evidence-based principles and family centered care. Suggestions are made for challenges with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, weaning, and sleep.
Evidence based literacy intervention for all literacy disorders
Evidence based intervention to empower those who stutter
If you dread mealtimes with your child, then yes!
If you worry about them not eating enough foods to be growing and learning, then yes!
Consider Feeding Therapy. My approach is family centered and aims to be realistic and workable, not burden you with more mealtime stress.
If your child has a feeding-tube I also support tube weaning in collaboration with your multidisciplinary team, including your medical team.
I deliver a unique approach to feeding therapy based on the Responsive Feeding Therapy approach. I start with a case history and observe functional feeding skills to determine if your child has motor skills that need support with development, and/or finds different sensations of texture, colour and shape overwhelming. Therapy has a family-centered approach and is provided by a telehealth service from the comfort of your home, where your child feels most at ease.
Early Intervention has the best outcomes so it's best to not 'wait and see'. Check your child's communication milestones at https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/
If in doubt, please contact me with any concerns.
Yes! As a speech pathologist I have had experience with premature babies, babies with neurological conditions, heart conditions, syndromes and clefts. I am passionate about empowering mothers to explore breastfeeding in a non-judgmental and supportive way.
Yes. I do a functional based assessment on tongue range of movement for feeding, drinking and speech development. I always offer a non-invasive therapy approach as a first port of call, based on best evidence-based practice.
Yes! I can help with approaches that are based on attachment promoting strategies.
Yes! Bottle aversion is a scary scenario which can quickly escalate, so do not delay seeking help. Early support is essential.
Yes! If you feel stressed and overwhelmed about your child's sleep then seek support.
If your baby has excessive night waking (wakes every 1-2 hours) then absolutely seek help.
If your infant has sleep challenges due to disability related issues (e.g., fatigues quickly due to Cerebral Palsy, has global developmental delays) I can support you to explore what are realistic expectations and provide strategies to support improved sleep.
Yes. If you have a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS package then you can access my service.
Yes. You can discuss with your GP if your child is eligible for a Medicare rebate via an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program. There will however still be out of pocket costs. Alternatively, if you have private health cover check if speech pathology services are covered. There are also some charities that help cover therapy fees. See section under "more" on charities.
I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live, the Yugambeh Language People, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Feeding & Speech Therapy collects and holds personal and health information that is necessary to provide services and undertake the business functions as a support service provider. Sensitive information will be collected with the consent of the individual and Feeding & Speech Therapy is committed to protecting your personal information.
Feeding & Speech Therapy is subject to the Privacy Act (Commonwealth) 1988, Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (NSW) 1998, and the Privacy Amendment Act (Commonwealth) 2004 and the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012. The organisation will follow the guidelines of the Australian Privacy Principles in its information management practices.