Christine Kendall

Director M.A.(App Ling) B. App. Sc (Sp Path) CPSP, MSPA

Christine Kendall founded Spectrum Speech Pathology with Gloria Staios in 1998. Recognising that the needs of children speech and language delays, dyspraxia and complex communication needs required a specialist practice, they wanted to offer parents and their children a choice of a private service of excellence.

Christine maintains an active diagnostic and therapy clinical practice while continually expanding and enhancing the services offered by all the team at Spectrum Speech Pathology. Christine and Gloria are pioneers in providing private speech pathology services for children on the autism spectrum.

With more than 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, Christine has senior positions in major disability organisations and has developed expertise working with children with cerebral palsy and developmental delays. Christine continued her own professional development with a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics.

Over the years, her passion expanded to working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders privately and joining Gloria at the Western Autistic School. Together Christine and Gloria have grown and expanded the speech pathology Education and Early Childhood in Victoria. Over the years, Christine has maintained a strong commitment and ongoing involvement with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) including the presentation of numerous training workshops for speech pathologists related to the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.

She is also an active members of the SPA Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Group and consultant on the Department of Health and Aging (DoHA) Autism Project. In 2009 and 2010, Christine was delighted to be invited by Royal Children’s Hospital International (RCHI) and Professor Margot Prior to deliver training and mentoring at the National Hospital for Paediatrics in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Following this wonderful experience she was interviewed by Sen Lam for the Asia Pacific program on Radio Australia, and Thu Dang on the international radio program Voice of America. Christine continues to enhance her expertise through participation in national and international conferences, seminars and training programs which include:

Services at the Western Autistic School, which is internationally recognised as a school of excellence. The vision that Christine and Gloria developed for Spectrum has remained the same: to open the world of communication to all. To that end, Spectrum has become one of the most respected practices in the area of autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and social-pragmatic language difficulties.

In addition to specialising in the provision of therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome, Christine and Gloria have extensive experience in training and education. She is an expert lecturer at the Autism Teaching Institute which offers vocational graduate certificate and diploma courses for teachers. Gloria and Christine have also been involved in presenting training workshops for teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists and integration aides for the Department of ADOS 2

  • PECS
  • ESDM
  • DIR®Floortime
  • Social Thinking®
  • Talk-About
  • Hidden Curriculum
  • Attendance at major autism conferences

Christine has a strong commitment and dedication to enhancing and developing her own therapy skills and those of the team at Spectrum Speech Pathology as well as sharing this expertise through training programs and workshops offered to professionals and parents.

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