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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. Nadia is an approved Medicare and NDIS provider, as well as a service provider for the federal government funding: Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with Disabilities. 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.

Althea Estoque
General Manager & Occupational Therapist

Althea is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Althea is a happy and motivating person who focuses on empowering families through a fun, practical and strength-based approach in order to achieve therapy goals.

Althea’s past experience include working in a transdisciplinary team alongside psychologists, speech therapists, special educators, physiotherapists and behavioural therapists. Previously, Althea has worked as a Keyworker, Early interventionist and Paediatrics Occupational Therapist integrating fine and gross motor skills, play skills, behaviour support and sensory regulation strategies. Althea has worked collaboratively with families, schools, preschools, child care centres and other organisations to support the child’s needs. Althea has also facilitated various groups such as Transition to school groups, Music, language and literacy, Friendship skills and Toileting Workshops. Althea is committed to working collaboratively with children, families and the team around the child in order to achieve the goals.

Amie Maguire
Clinical Team Leader & Occupational Therapist

Amie is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA). Her energetic nature and play based skills are easily transferrable onto the children and young adults in the home and school environment. Amie focuses on building meaningful and therapeutic relationships with each and every client in order for them to achieve their goals. 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 is especially committed to helping children so that their preschool, primary and high school experiences are more rewarding and successful. She completed a school readiness program with the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and has worked alongside multiple learning support teams in differing special needs schools. Amie is interested and excited about working in a multi-disciplinary team to provide a holistic range of care to assist and meet both family and client needs and goals.

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.

Shauna Moloney
Speech Pathologist

Shauna is a Speech Pathologist and a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia. She strives to build meaningful relationships with her clients and their families. She believes strongly in supporting families via a functional and playful approach, in order to achieve therapeutic goals.

She has experience working with children and adults with disabilities. She is particularly interested in stuttering, speech, voice therapy, and alternative and augmentative communication. She also has experience in speech and language assessment and intervention, voice therapy, swallowing assessment and intervention, and social skill groups.

Shauna is very excited to be working in a multi-disciplinary team to best support her clients with a holistic approach, to facilitate best outcomes for her clients.

Cornelia Portelli
Speech Pathologist

Cornelia is a Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is passionate about helping her clients and their families with their communication and swallowing needs to improve their quality of life. She primarily has experience in working with children and adults with disabilities. She is particularly interested in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and augmentative and alternative communication. She also has experience in speech and language assessment and intervention, social skills and mealtime management, in both individual and group settings.

Cornelia aims to works on functional and meaningful goals tailored to her client’s needs and interests, in a fun and caring environment. She endeavours to work with others in her team and the client’s everyday life to create the best outcomes for her clients.

Emma Whiteley
Senior Receptionist

Emma Whiteley is currently studying Psychology at Macquarie University and strives to pursue a further career in Developmental and Educational Psychology. She has experience in teaching Acting, Singing, Social, and Confidence-Building workshops accompanying her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street.

At Spectrum Therapy, Emma aims to welcome each client and their family with a smile and cannot wait to be apart of their learning and growth.

Siaan Mason
Receptionist

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.