Speech and Language Therapist
Phone: 09 489 8085 or 021 615321
“The ability to communicate clearly is an essential skill we all must develop and as such I am passionate about helping your child communicate to the best of his or her ability. My therapy approach is focused on your child, the environments he or she needs to communicate in and the people he or she needs to communicate with. I’ll work with you, as parents and caregivers, to improve your child’s communication skills so that they can talk, understand, interact and ultimately enjoy the experience of communicating with others.”
Claire Bennett completed her honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy at Canterbury University in 2002. She was also awarded the D Bevan Holdgate Prize for top clinician in her graduating class.
Since then Claire spent several years working with preschool and school age children with Ministry of Education, Special Education, before traveling to the United Kingdom. In the UK Claire specialised to work with preschool and school age children with high and complex communication needs. This included children with a range of special needs, including Autistic spectrum disorders, Cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Claire is trained in the use of Makaton sign and the Picture Exchange Communication system (PECs).
Since returning to New Zealand in 2009, Claire further specialised her skills to work with individuals of all ages who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), specifically the use of low and high tech communication equipment.
Claire is married with three young sons. She predominantly works with North Shore based clients, in their homes and educational settings. Claire also runs a clinic in Takapuna on Thursdays.
Speech and Language Therapist
Phone: 09 578 0670 or 021 931746
“Watching my children learn to communicate from their first gazes and smiles to sounds and words has been one of my greatest pleasures as a parent. We take for granted that our children will develop effective communication skills and when this doesn’t happen it can be a source of immense worry and frustration. I am passionate about helping you to improve your child’s communication skills and finding the individual approach that will work best for you and your child. I look forward to sharing your journey to communication success.”
Claire Alderson graduated with honours from the University of Canterbury and has over 11 years experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Claire has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in early childhood and primary school settings and as a manager for the Ministry of Education, Special Education in Auckland and for the National Health Service in London.
Claire works with children with a wide range of communication difficulties. She is trained in the use of Makaton sign and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs). She is also a certified Hanen® therapist and can offer both It Takes Two to Talk ®- the Hanen Programme® for Parents of children with Language Delays and More Than Words® – the Hanen Programme® for Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum.
Claire is married with two young children. She predominantly works in central Auckland and the Eastern suburbs seeing clients in their homes and educational settings.