Communication is the essence of life of human life. Here at Commatters Speech Therapy, we are passionate about supporting people with communication challenges to communicate what matters most to them! Whether that be using spoken language, using visual supports or more complex Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).
Commatters Speech Therapy was first established in Port Stephens, NSW in 2017 where our Director - Yolande Burdekin recognised a gap in service delivery in the local area. Yolande has 2 autistic children and understood the challenges of travelling a 90min round trip to attend therapy sessions. Following the family's relocation to Darwin, NT and dabbling in a few different roles, Yolande decided to establish Commatters Speech Therapy here in the NT. Offering assessment and intervention of communication and swallowing difficulties as well as consultancy services to organisations. Yolande is passionate about improving service delivery here in the Territory as well as advocating for more inclusive practices for people who have additional needs.
B. Sp. Path, CPSP, MSPA
Yolande graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2008 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She started working in private practice with a mostly paediatric caseload. Since this time, Yolande has continued to working mostly in private practice. However, she has also worked in the justice system as well as with people experiencing mental health issues.
Yolande is passionate about professional development and is currently working towards a Graduate Diploma of Public Health. She is also currently is involved in a number of research projects with Charles Darwin University.
Yolande has completed a range of additional training programs to better support her clients, these include:
Secret Agent Society Facilitator training
Trauma informed practice
Working with children on the autism spectrum
Auslan level 1
SPEAK OUT!: A Practical Approach to Treating Parkinson’s
Aboriginal Mental Health Assessment & Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal Communities
Mental health first aid
Strengths based training
Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment (ReST) online training program