About Our Team

Experienced Dedicated Therapists...

Dr Bronwyn Sutton

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

ph: (07) 3876 9529

e: bsutton@bestautismtherapy.com.au

 

Dr 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 has a PhD from Griffith University. Bronwyn’s research investigated the use of iPad technology 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.

Chloe Lee

Speech Language Pathologist (BSpPath (UQ), MSPA)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


 

Chloe is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia. Chloe has proven experience working with children on the autism spectrum with a special interest in early intervention. Chloe’s caring and friendly nature allows her to easily build relationships and rapport with children, creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Chloe is qualified in DIR Floortime, Derbyshire, TEACCH, ABA and PECS as well as a range of speech and language interventions. Chloe’s expertise in working with non-verbal children and children with language disorders means that she is a great asset to the B.E.ST Autism team. Chloe enjoys working collaboratively with other allied health professionals to provide individualised, targeted therapy which is focused on developing the strengths of children in order to support their challenges

Chloe loves finding out what interests and motivates a child and then incorporates that interest into therapy. Chloe is a talented artist and uses her drawings in social stories and books to explain complex social skills in a way that is simple for the child to understand.

Caitlin Scothern

Lily Wilks

Speech Language Pathologist (B.Sp.Path, MSPA, CPSP)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


 

Lily is a highly experienced Speech Pathologist who has been working with children in private practice since 2013. Lily graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Newcastle University. She is a certified practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Lily has extensive experience working with children of all ages who present with a range of speech, language and developmental challenges. Working in Newcastle, Lily is very familiar with the NDIS and has supported countless families to apply for NDIS funding. One of her career highlights was attending the Union of European Phoniatricians conference in Finland. Lily has attended numerous workshops on speech and language and is trained in DIR Floortime, Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations and social skills training interventions.

Lily has a reputation for bringing fun and warmth to every therapy session. Her aim is to deliver therapy that is tailored to each child’s unique needs, and in doing so, help children to find their voice and reach their full potential. She strives to make a real difference by working with families and the child’s education team to help children overcome their challenges and become confident and effective communicators.

Rebecca Kranz

Occupational Therapist (B.Sc. (Psychology), MOccThy (UQ))

ph: (07) 3876 9529


 

Rebecca is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist whose additional qualifications in Psychology, means that she has a deep understanding for the behavioural and emotional needs of children on the autism spectrum. Rebecca’s practice focuses on supporting children who struggle with anxiety, self-regulation (emotions, behavioural and sensory), activities of daily living (feeding, toileting, sleeping, bathing) and fine motor skills including drawing and hand writing.

Rebecca sees the potential in all the children she works with and seeks to equip them with the skills and strategies they need to meaningfully engage in their everyday life. Rebecca loves seeing her clients develop throughout their therapy sessions. She finds it extremely rewarding to help transform what were previously difficult daily experiences, such as staying calms when things change or eating a variety of foods, into positive activities.

Rebecca utilises evidence based therapies to inform her clinical practice. Rebecca’s practice adopts a positive behaviour support where she assessed the reasons why a child might be struggling to stay calm and regulated. Her therapies include the Zones of Regulation, Emotional Toolbox and Emotional Thermometer (Tony Attwood), CAT-KIT (Tony Attwood), Functional Behaviour Analysis, TEACCH, Learn to Play program (Karen Stagnitti), Comic Strip Conversations and video modeling.

Caitlin Scothern

Elizabeth McInnes

Occupational Therapist (BOccThy)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


 

Elizabeth McInnes is an Occupational Therapist with experience working across the lifespan, however in recent years she has been drawn to working with children in early childhood and school-aged children.

She graduated from the Australian Catholic University, with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and is a practicing member of Occupational Therapy Australia and registered with AHPRA.

Elizabeth has experience working in the private sector in clinic, education and home based settings. Throughout her experience Elizabeth has developed a passion for working children with autism, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, and sensory processing disorders. In 2018, Elizabeth travelled to Vietnam to work as a volunteer with GCC volunteers. She enjoyed supporting the local children to develop their academics, self-care, eating, and skills to increase their independence.

Elizabeth values a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and believes that goals and strategies of therapy should always align with a family’s primary desired outcomes. Elizabeth is well trained in a variety of therapy approaches, including DIR Floortime, Zones of Regulation, Social Stories, Social Thinking and sensory interventions.

Ryan Mulligan

Support Worker – Adults (Bachelor of Film and Media Studies)

ph: (07) 3876 9529


 

Ryan is in his early 20’s and is a caring and compassionate young man. Ryan has a degree in film and media and enjoys photography and video editing. His experience in retail has developed his skills in customer service. Ryan has completed the BEST Autism Support Worker training course and the NDIS Worker Orientation Program.

Ryan became a support worker as he enjoys working with people and seeing the impact he can have on their lives. He loves the variety of work involved in assisting people to access their favourite social and recreational activities. Ryan’s clients may need support visiting the shops or participating in a group. Ryan loves to chat with his clients and really get to know them.

Ryan has a particular fondness for people on the autism spectrum. He knows when to chat and when they may need a quiet break. Ryan understands how overwhelming the world can be and that many of his clients may need support with processing sensory information. Ryan’s has diverse interests including technology, film making, photography, martial arts, sewing, rock climbing and music. He is available seven days a week, and is happy to work in the evenings.