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.

Jenni Machin

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

ph: (07) 3876 9529

 

Jenni is an Occupational Therapist with over 35 years in paediatric practice. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Jenni has spent her career working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Disorders, Global Developmental Delay, as well as a range of physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. She has worked across a wide range of settings including home and centre-based intervention, school-based therapy, parent and teacher consultation, training and support and transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team-based intervention in both autism specific and educational settings.

Jenni has a strong passion for working with children and their families and firmly believes that child and family centred interventions provide children with the best opportunities and environments for learning and development. She builds rapport easily with children and believes that therapy and learning should be fun and meaningful to the child. She has extensive experience working in the field of ASD and has special interests in the areas of sensory processing, play, emotional regulation and behaviour support.

Throughout her career, Jenni has gained training and experience in many areas including the Early Start Denver Model, Floortime DIR, TEACCH and Positive Behaviour Support. She uses evidence-based strategies and supports to work with children and their families to promote the development of engagement and attention, self-regulation, play, school readiness, skills for learning at school, fine motor and self-care skills including eating, toileting and dressing.