Hi, I’m Wei!
I discovered Speech Language Therapy by chance and what a ride it’s been! I already had my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and was working in another country when life brought me back to NZ. It was here I completed the Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice degree at The University of Auckland in 2015 and have been working with a paediatric population since.
My career began at the Ministry of Education in South Auckland where I had the opportunity to work in early childhood centres, schools and in homes alongside adults to support the child’s needs. Here, my love for a naturalistic and functional approach to therapy and intervention blossomed (under a slide can be a great place for therapy). I enjoy working with a diverse population and gaining insight into alternative perspectives which shape my therapy approaches in keeping intervention child and family centred. I’ve always had a strong interest in health and disability and currently work at Kidz First Child Development outside of my time with Finding Voices.
Over the last 6 years, my cumulative work has involved supporting children with speech and language difficulties, social communication skills, fluency, Autism, FASD, vision impairment, use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Global Developmental Delays, rare genetic disorders, Down Syndrome, oromotor delays, children with restrictive diets (increasing acceptance of tastes and textures), ‘fussy and picky eaters’ etc. Some of my recent training include Way to Play, ADOS- 2 (Introductory and Toddler), Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding (SOS)- including advance workshops for reflux and working with children with severe developmental impairment, breastfeeding essentials, cleft lip and palate (VPI update seminar 2018, 2019), Evidence-Based Intervention for Children with Speech Sound Disorders (by Dr Caroline Bowen), RBI (Routines based Early Intervention ), Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants (SOFFI), Makaton workshops and I hold my Communication and Assistive Technology (CAT-1) accreditation.
My particular interests include paediatric feeding, building communication skills (using sign, speech/ language, visuals) and children with neurological diversity. I am also always on the look out for professional development to continue adding to my kete. I believe that community is at the heart of everything and I feel privileged to be able to help children, their whānau and carers develop the skills to be part of it.