Emily Wechter

Speech Pathologist

Emily has over 15 years’ experience supporting people across their lifespan to build skills and increase their social participation through communication and mealtime supports.

Emily has a particular interest working with adults with acquired and developmental disabilities. She works from a participation model when assessing and providing intervention for communication and swallowing difficulties. This involves working in partnership with the person and their carers to ensure that communication and mealtime strategies work on functional skills needed for real life. Her clinical interests include prescribing low and high tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems, working with people with complex needs, supporting people on the Autism Spectrum and Dysphagia and mealtime management.

Emily also has a passion for supervision, mentoring and training. She has extensive experience as a clinical supervisor and providing training for a wide range of audiences.

Emily has worked across the government and non-government sectors in early intervention, school aged and adult services across Sydney and in the United Kingdom. She most recently worked for over 10 years at the Department of Family and Community Services- Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) where she was employed in Senior Speech Pathologist and Regional Consultant Speech Pathologist roles. At ADHC she received an excellence award for innovative practice.

Emily has presented at national conferences on dysphagia and disability, communication supports in the healthcare settings and the use of touchscreen devices as Assistive Technology. She has presented a broad range of communication and swallowing training to parents, carers, disability support workers, health care workers, teachers and other speech pathologists. She has a Certificate IV in training and assessment and is a certified Hanen presenter in “It takes two to Talk” and “More Than Words”.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Newcastle (2003)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2014)