Dr Michelle Swift has been providing speech pathology services for people who stutter, clutter or have speech sound disorders since 2004. For the last 10 years she has taught speech pathology students in Australia and Canada and conducted research into treatments for stuttering. She completed her PhD in early childhood stuttering through the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney in 2012, and undertook postdoctoral research with the Institute of Stuttering Treatment and Research, The University of Alberta in 2014/15.
Michelle works with people who stutter or have speech sound disorders across all age groups. She is a strong believer in providing individualised treatment based on a client’s goals. For preschool children, Michelle has training in the Lidcombe Program and Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, as well as experience using the Westmead Program for stuttering, and experience with a range of approaches for treating phonological disorders and articulation errors for those children with unclear speech sounds.
Michelle has experience treating school-aged children with residual speech sound errors, and adults who have dysarthria following an acquired brain injury. For teenagers and adults who stutter, Michelle has training in The Camperdown Program, Smooth Speech and the ISTAR Comprehensive Stuttering Program and experience using stutter modification treatments. The treatments Michelle offers for school-aged children and adults include minimising the cognitive and social impacts of stuttering or the speech disorder on the individual as well as reducing the severity of the stutter or speech disorder. She has undertaken short-course training in CBT, ACT and Solution-focused Brief Therapy for children and adults who stutter.
Eleanor is a graduate of the Flinders University Masters of speech pathology program and developed a passion for working with people with stutter while on student placement at Flinders University Fluency Clinic. Eleanor is experienced in delivering Stutter Modification therapy and the Westmead therapy programs. Eleanor has undertaken training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Voice-craft and is constantly working to develop her professional learning and ways of creating positive learning opportunities for people with voice and communication difficulties.
Eleanor has clinical experience in inpatient rehabilitation settings in adult stroke rehab, as well as in the disability sector, involving social communication and language difficulties.
Eleanor graduated with distinction in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music in London and has an interest in voice therapy, with a particular interest in psychogenic and functional voice disorders. Eleanor has shared her passion for voice through teaching singing for over 15 years as well as spending several years touring the world with musical theatre and Eleanor continues to work as a professional opera singer and for the Starlight foundation.
Her wealth of experience in the creative arts, including almost 15 years as a singing teacher, has informed her empathic and creative clinical style, which she combines with a strong evidence based approach. Eleanor is passionate about the collaborative nature of fluency and voice therapy involving the best available evidence, the clinician, and the goals of the client and their families.