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The Team

Meet our Team

The Spectrum Therapy team is a highly qualified and experienced group who understand autism, disability and children from a holistic perspective.

Nadia Bachler
Director & Principal Psychologist

Nadia Bachler (formerly Nadia Azzopardi) is a fully Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA). She holds qualifications in a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Psychology. Her previous roles have included an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist with ASPECT and Applied Behaviour Therapist at Australia’s only ABA school for children with Autism. She has also worked in the private and public sector with children, adolescents and adults.

Nadia is skilled at completing diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has extensive experience in the use of diagnostic measures such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Adaptive Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R). She has assessed both males and females, on various levels of the spectrum. She is passionate about helping females on the spectrum be reliably diagnosed and access the supports they require. She is dedicated to educating others on the different presentations of Autism Spectrum Disorder, for the male and female population.

Nadia also has extensive experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability. In her role as a psychologist she is trained in diagnosing intellectual disability, providing counseling services for those with a mild intellectual disability, developing Behaviour Support Plans and training parents and staff on how to reduce behavours of concern. She aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with an intellectual disability. She is passionate about implementing proactive strategies and eliminating the use of restrictive practices, where possible. She believes in the need for the consistent implementation of strategies and the up-skilling of individuals who care for those with a disability.

Nadia is currently on maternity leave.

Althea Smith
General Manager & Occupational Therapist

Althea is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Althea is an approved Medicare and NDIS provider. She is a happy and motivated person who strives to make therapy enjoyable and meaningful. Althea’s main focus is to assist individuals to develop the skills and tools required in order to achieve their goals. Althea uses an evidence based and person- centred approach.

Althea is skilled in working with individual’s diagnosed with Level 1,2 and/or 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual disability. Althea has experience in working on emotional regulation, sensory regulation, self- care skills, fine/ gross motor skills, behavioural strategies and social skills.

Althea’s past experience includes working in a multidisciplinary team alongside psychologists, speech therapists, special educators, physiotherapists and behavioural therapists. Althea has facilitated group therapy sessions such as social skills, LEGO group, music group, ALERT program and the social explorer’s group. Althea has also facilitated workshops such as the transition to school program and toileting workshops.

In her spare time, Althea enjoys keeping active and taking on new challenges!

Amie Maguire
Clinical Team Leader & Occupational Therapist

Amie is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Amie is an approved Medicare and NDIS provider. Amie focuses on building meaningful and therapeutic relationships with each and every client in order for them to achieve their goals. Her energetic nature and play based skills are easily transferrable onto the children and young adults in the home and school environment.

Amie is an experienced Occupational Therapist with multiple years experience working with children, teenagers and adults with various disabilities including individuals diagnosed with Level 1, 2 & 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability. Amie is passionate in assisting children and young adults to regulate their emotions individually through play, education and sensory integration. As well as this, Amie consistently addresses fine motor, gross motor, social and behavioural goals that may be impacting the child’s function each day.

Amie’s past roles includes working in an Occupational Therapy Paediatric clinic which focused heavily on sensory integration as well gross, fine and play-based skills. Amie has also facilitated numerous teen and child group programs and is competent delivering face to face and Telehealth services. She also demonstrates effective communication with parents, teachers and other health professionals to use a holistic approach when delivering therapy.

Amie is especially committed to helping children so that their preschool, primary and high school experiences are more rewarding and successful.

Talia Ku
Occupational Therapist

Talia is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Talia is an active, passionate and versatile person who strives to make therapy fun, creative and meaningful for the children. She aims to support her clients with an evidence-based and family-centred approach that is child-led, functional and goal-directed.

Talia’s past experience of working as a Paediatrics Occupational Therapist has equipped her with valuable skills and experience in facilitating children to develop their essential life skills.

She particularly enjoys helping children to discover their strengths and to support them in their exciting learning journey. She is committed to enabling children to experience joy, success and a sense of achievement through engaging in play activities and activities that are important and enjoyable to them. Her goal is to ignite the light in children and to create possibilities in them to help them shine, despite the challenges they might face along the way.

She is enthusiastic about being part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary team in supporting the children and the families to grow and learn.

Marissa Marks
Occupational Therapist

Marissa is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Marissa is a positive and enthusiastic person who values each child’s diversity and enjoys working alongside families in order to provide meaningful therapy and achieve client-centred goals.

Marissa’s has experience working with toddlers, children and teenagers with Level 1,2 and/or 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual disability. Marissa’s experience includes using intervention strategies to target sensory and emotional regulation, as well as executive functioning and fine and gross motor skills.

Marissa is passionate about early intervention and assisting families navigate through tricky times. Marissa loves to have fun whilst learning through play and is passionate about empowering individuals with the skills they need to promote independence in meaningful everyday tasks and activities.

Marissa enjoys working as a part of a multidisciplinary team to produce optimal outcomes for clients and their families.

Zoe Cheng
Occupational Therapist

Zoe is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Zoe is passionate and approachable and aims to be able to help children achieve the best they can. By adopting a person-centred, evidence based and family-centred style of practice, she hopes to be able to empower and assist children to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Zoe’s four years of experience at an afterschool care for primary-aged children and occasionally children with disabilities including ASD, ADHD, Delayed development and Intellectual Disability, has helped her understand the importance of communication with the child and their families to ensure children are supported and engaged with activities that cater to their strengths and needs. Zoe has also worked remotely at a primary school providing therapy for children and with focus on fine motor, sensory, behavioural and attention difficulties.

She is passionate and excited to work collaboratively with clients and their families to help children through difficulties and learn new life skills to enable their participation in everyday activities vital to their development and growth.

Danni Xu
Speech Pathologist

Danni is a certified practicing Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She has had experience working with children ranging from toddlers to high school students, and families from various cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous backgrounds.

She has experience working with children with various speech, language, literacy and feeding difficulties, as well as helping clients use various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to support their communication.

Danni enjoys working closely with children and their families to support them in achieving their communication goals. She believes in a family-centred approach to setting therapy goals and enjoys planning play-based therapy tailored to each child’s interests.

Rebecca Albertini
Speech Pathologist

Rebecca is a Speech Pathologist and a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is passionate about helping her clients and families achieve their goals. She believes in working with families to help them improve their communication and quality of life.

Rebecca’s past experiences include working in hospitality and had learnt the importance of treating everyone with kindness. Rebecca loves to learn new skills whilst having fun and playing games. She is passionate about empowering her clients be able to communicate with their family and friends and improve their quality of life.

Rebecca is excited to work in a multidisciplinary team and aims to support her clients using a holistic approach.

Siaan Mason

Siaan Mason is currently studying a Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Technology Sydney. Siaan enjoys playing sport and has experience coaching numerous youth basketball and soccer teams.

Siaan greets all clients with a smile and aims to assist both her colleagues and their clients in any way possible.

Manish Chelliah

Manish Chelliah is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University.

Manish enjoys cooking and baking and loves to try new things.

Manish aims to welcome clients with a friendly face and is excited to watch their growth and learning while helping wherever she can.

Sara Bonaccorso

Sara is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University.

Sara enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team, has a passion for paediatrics and always welcomes clients with a friendly smile.