Speech Therapy

Get help connecting with the world around you using individualized Speech Therapy

Help connecting with the world around you

Speech Therapy is a great support for NDIS participants that are interested in achieving clearer speech, improving social communication, achieving literacy/learning goals and more.

Our Speech Pathologists take a clinical and individualised approach to every single one of our customers, offering a range of different therapies and supports to help improve pronunciation, social anxiety, swallowing and general communication.

By working with breakthru, our customers receive 1-on-1 support from highly qualified & experienced clinicians, including individually tailored plans and assessments to ensure you can achieve your life goals.

This program is available to all NDIS participants with funding under Improved Daily Living or Improved Health & Wellbeing.

Please note our clinicians are not equipped to support anyone under the age of 8 years.


Our Speech Pathologists

When it comes to finding the right clinician, it’s important you find someone you connect with so you can feel comfortable working toward your personal goals.

At breakthru, our clinicians will make every effort to get to know you and your individual circumstances. Once we understand what you need, we will then work with you to prescribe tailored therapies and supports to ensure you make steady progress toward your speech goals.

By accessing speech therapy under our NDIS services, we’ll be able to help you with:

Speech & Pronunciation

There’s a lot that goes into normal speech – from the use of tongue, lips and even sometimes your throat – we can help by showing you the steps and techniques to create difficult sounds.

Adult Language

If you’re experiencing partial or complete loss of speaking or understanding (including reading/writing), Speech Therapy can be very effective in recovering some or all communication. We use evidence-based therapies to help you target and stimulate your affected language areas, and work on your communication goals. 

Social Communication Skills

For those that have difficulty with relating to others through talking, day-to-day chat and getting to know others can be a challenge.  Our Speech Pathologists use everyday tasks to teach and practise these important skills, focussing on the individual’s social goals.  

Mealtime & Swallowing

For participants that have trouble with drinking, chewing or taking medicine, we can provide therapies that make these tasks easier by strengthening the tongue, throat and mouth.

Communication Aids

To help you connect with those around you, we can prescribe and assist with the use of communication aids. This includes electronic devices that assist with projection, signing, gestures and more.

Language & Literacy

We can help you express your emotions, ideas and feelings in everyday life through the provision of supports that improve both reading and writing skills.


Our Clinicians

Vanessa Absalom-Smith

MSLP — Master of Speech Language Pathology (with distinction)

Vanessa joined the breakthru team in February 2021 after moving to Cairns from New ZealandShe has made Far North Queensland her home, and feels passionately about supporting the Cairns local communityempowering others to take part in their community, and helping individuals to achieve their goals. 

Vanessa has her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology and over five years’ experience in the disability sector. She also has a strong background in working with customers in voice, adult language, cognitive and social communication 

Vanessa’s role at breakthru is Senior Speech Pathologist and she is based across Cairns and Atherton. Outside of work hours, you can find her hiking around tropical north Queensland, playing beach volleyball, or with her team at trivia nights.  

Jennifer Fitzgerald

MSLP — Masters of Speech Language Pathology 

Jennifer joined the Penrith breakthru team in April 2021. She grew up and still lives in the Blue Mountains and is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals and participate in their local community.

Jennifer has a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. She has over three years’ experience in the disability sector and an ongoing passion for continued learning and professional development. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Jennifer provides assessment and therapy for children and adults in the areas of speech, language, social communication, literacy, fluency and swallowing. As our New South Wales Speech Pathologist, Jennifer works from our Penrith clinic and services the Nepean, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains areas. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending her time baking and playing board games with friends.


Our Locations

Our Speech Pathologists can work with your at our office, in your home, in the community or even online if you prefer. The choice and control about how and when you work with your clinician is entirely up to you.

Cairns (QLD)

Unit 1, 175-185 Newell St
Bungalow QLD 4870

Sydney (NSW)

Suites 1A, 1B & 3, 30 Woodriff Street
Penrith, NSW, 2750

Brisbane (QLD)

Coming soon.

Eligibility Criteria

If you have an existing NDIS plan, then you may be eligible to access our speech pathology services under:

Improved Daily Living

If you don’t have a plan, we also offer fee for service and payment plan options to ensure you can get the help you need when you need it.

Please note all participants must be aged between 8 – 64 and hold Australian residency in order to access this service.