About Our Team

Experienced Dedicated Therapists...

Bronwyn Sutton

Speech Pathologist (B.App.Sc. (Speech Path.), Grad. Dip (FET), MSpEd, MSPA)

ph: (07) 3876 9529

e: bsutton@bestautismtherapy.com.au


Bronwyn Sutton is a Speech Language Pathologist and Educator with 30 years’ experience. She has expertise in working with children with autism and language impairments. Bronwyn Sutton has postgraduate qualifications in Education and has a Masters of Special Education in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Bronwyn is enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Griffith University. Bronwyn is researching the use of iPads to support children’s social interactions with peers. Bronwyn’s reputation as a professional is highly regarded and her expertise in autism is widely sought.

She conducts professional development courses for Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and teachers on topics such as autism, social skills and visual supports. Bronwyn understands the challenge of engaging students with diverse learning needs to access curriculum content and develop social and communication skills.

Author of The Learning App Guide

Bronwyn is the author of The Learning App Guide to Autism and Education. This was the first professional app evaluation tool in Australia. The Learning App Guide was nominated for the ASPECT National Recognition Awards for its contribution to improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum.

Kate Johns

Occupational Therapist (B. Occ. Thy., M. Spec. Ed.)

ph: (07) 3378 8860

e: kjohns@bestautismtherapy.com.au


Kate Johns is an Occupational Therapist with more than twelve years of experience as an OT working with children. After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2002 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Kate has continued to study, while working and received her Master of Special Education from Griffith University in 2009.

Kate also received the Elaine B. Wilson Memorial Award in 2007 (granted by OT Australia), recognising her contribution to the field of paediatric occupational therapy.

Kate’s clinical experience stretches across assessment, individual therapy (clinic, school and home based), home programs, small group therapy and consultative services with educational facilities.

In recent years, Kate has focussed on children with Autism and other communication disorders, focusing on engagement, play skills and functional developmental skills.

Kate’s primary focus is to support the key people in the child’s life, in an environment that is familiar to the child.

Sari Fink

Speech Pathologist (MSpPath, BA(HumServ/Psych), CPSP, MSPA)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


Sari is is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist who has developed expertise working children aged between 2-18 years. Sari is a practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Sari has a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Cook University. Sari was awarded an academic medal for her Psychology course work at James Cook University.

Sari has proven experience working with children in both private practice and child development settings. Her caring and friendly nature allows her to easily build relationships and rapport with children, creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Sari is qualified in DIR Floortime, Key Word Sign, the Hanen program as well as a range of speech and language interventions. Sari has joined BEST Autism as she has a strong desire to continue working with young children on the autism spectrum.

Caitlin Scothern

Caitlin Scothern

Speech Language Pathologist (BHSc, MSpPath CPSP MSPA)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


Caitlin Scothern is a Speech Language Pathologist with experience working across the lifespan, however her passion lies with early childhood and school-aged children.

She graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Speech Pathology and is a practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Caitlin has experience working in both community and private sectors, across clinic, educational, and home based settings. Throughout her experience Caitlin has developed a passion for working children with autism, with complex communication needs, and children with dyspraxia.

Caitlin values a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and believes that goals and strategies of therapy should always align with a family’s primary desired outcomes. Caitlin is well trained in a variety of therapy approaches, including DIR Floortime, AAC, TEACCH, articulation and phonological therapy and the Lidcombe (stuttering) program.

Kirstin Hoyes

Occupational Therapist (MOccThy, BHumanMovSt)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


Kirstin is an Occupational Therapist with a wealth of experience working in early intervention. Kirstin holds a Master of Occupational Therapy from Canberra University and a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland.

Kirstin has special interests in the areas of autism, sensory processing and school readiness. Kirstin is certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) as part of a developmental assessment.
She is also trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) approach to feeding. S.O.S is a program which addresses the reasons why a child is struggling to eat.

Kirstin applies research based approaches to support children in the areas of: behaviour, attention, keeping calm and regulated, feeding difficulties, self-care such as toileting and dressing, fine motor skills and pre-academic skills.

Kirstin knows that when a child is calm and organised they have a great capacity to learn. She works with families and educators on practical approaches to helping children regulate their mood.