Health Services

St Simon Peter School has a new Allied Health Therapy Service available. Located at the school’s Early Learning Centre, students will have access to physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy services which will be delivered by three experienced health professionals.  

The three health service professionals operating from the centre include: 

Occupational Therapist

We are very excited to introduce Kate Saraga, our new Occupational Therapist, joining our Allied Health team. Kate has 10 year’s experience working with both adults and children. Kate has worked in London for 7 years and gained valuable experience as a community based Paediatric OT. She has worked with children with a variety of developmental disorders and complex disabilities, and worked with children in their homes, schools and community care centres. Recently Kate worked as a Paediatric OT at Step One Occupational Therapy for children, providing clinic based Occupational Therapy for ages 0-12 years. She is excited to be working with in our school, working alongside teachers and parents to help children reach their goals and have fun along the way! 

Kate is able to support children in developing:

  • Fine motor skills 

  • Gross motor skills

  • Sensory processing skills

  • Attention and concentration skills

  • Self-management skills

  • Visual perception skills 

Kate is available by appointment Mondays and Thursdays. 

For more information please contact Kate on 0426 871 775 or saraga.kate@ssp.wa.edu.au

 

Speech Pathologist


Susanne Humphrey
is a Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience working with children's speech, language and literacy difficulties.  She has worked directly in classrooms, in her own private clinic, in hospitals and community centres and managed government speech pathology services. Susanne has been involved with Saint Simon Peter since 2009 implementing the Kindy Speech and Language Screen and has worked in her own private clinic since 1996.  Her model of service aims to develop a good relationship with teachers and parents to allow all parties to work together for a successful outcome. As the parent to two teenage children, she understands the importance of practical and realistic therapy goals for families.  From personal experience, Susanne appreciates that many an activity can be performed in the car!   

Susanne is able to assist with:

  • Speech clarity and pronunciation

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar

  • Language understanding (i.e. questions, instructions and concepts)

  • Auditory processing difficulties

  • Stuttering

  • Speech and language difficulties that affect word reading, reading comprehension, spelling and writing.

  • Sound awareness and early pre-literacy reading skill

Susanne is available by appointment Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information please contact Susanne on 0416 158 231 or humphrey.susanne@ssp.wa.edu.au

 

Please click on the link below to view Susanne Humphrey's PowerPoint presentation regarding Speech Pathogy

Demystifying Speech Pathology

 

Physiotherapist


Kate Williams
is a physiotherapist with almost 20 years experience working with both early intervention and school aged children. She has worked for The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Disability Services Commission, Scope Victoria and Princess Margaret Hospital in both clinical and managerial roles. More recently she has worked in two different private paediatric practices in Perth. She has worked closely with both teachers and parents to achieve realistic goals for each child.

Kate is able to offer a service that will include:

  • Treating children with developmental delays in reaching early milestones (such as sitting, standing and walking) and later milestones (such as hopping, climbing);

  • Motor coordination difficulties

  • Problems with motor planning

  • Orthopaedic injuries

  • Postural concerns including the foot and leg

  • Cerebral palsy (including pre and post - botox and post - orthopaedic surgery treatment) 

  • Torticollis

  • Obesity management and 

  • General fitness and strengthening.

Kate is available by appointment Tuesdays.

For more information please contact Kate on 0401 840 768 or williams.kate@ssp.wa.edu.au

 

Please find below the latest information from our Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy News - Paediatric Toe Walking


 

Specialist Literacy Teacher

As a Specialist Literacy Teacher, Anna Hancock aims to provide students struggling to develop appropriate reading, spelling and writing skills with effective, high-quality support. 

This is achieved through:   

  • Initial assessment to identify areas of need

  • Access to high-quality evidence-based programs with 60 minute tutoring sessions held weekly for each student

  • Ongoing monitoring and targeted assessment

  • Weekly updates on progress and end-of-semester reports provided to parents and class teacher

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 Students who will gain the most benefit from Anna's tuition are those currently falling behind in their literacy development, specifically those who are likely to:

  • Struggle to read accurately and fluently

  • Struggle with reading comprehension

  • Make frequent spelling errors, particularly in written expression

  • Display a reluctance to participate in literacy-based activities

  • Compensate when reading, by guessing from pictures, initial letters or the ‘look’ of a word

  • Have difficulty remembering the relationships between sounds and letters

  • Have difficulty writing a sentence, paragraph and essay

  • Have poor self-esteem, particularly in relation to literacy activities

  • Rarely read for pleasure

If you would like more information, please contact Anna Hancock via phone or email:

Anna Hancock

Explicit Tutoring

M: 0432 070 015

E: hancock.anna@ssp.wa.edu.au

Please find below information from our Specialist Literacy Teacher. 

Tutoring Overview

 

Allied Health Coordinator

Toni Carrigan is an allied health assistant who has worked at SSP for 6 years. Within SSP she started with the Yr1/2 literacy Support program as well as working within the Catherine Centre with Special Needs children and children with learning difficulties. She has over 10 years experience working with children within the Catholic and Government organisations. For the last 18 months here, at SSP, she has been involved in an OT and Speech withdrawal program, set up in collaboration with the teachers and therapists involved. This is a short, intense, withdrawal group, which has worked extremely well as the children are given the opportunity for intensive practise in the skill areas they need to develop, for example cutting with scissors.  

For more information please contact Toni on 9301 6685 or carrigan.toni@cathednet.wa.edu.au 

The Allied Health Services is available both during term time and school holidays, so appointments can be made to suit busy families.

Please contact us directly with any questions about the service and what areas we can offer support with.