Published on: 10th May 2023
Aleisha is just one of our wonderful Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) who are currently undergoing Auslan training in order to effectively communicate and support her deaf and hard of hearing clients. She currently practices at our Yeerongpilly office in Brisbane and outreach in Ipswich.
SLPs help children communicate with the people in their lives and build their capacity to make speech, sentences and understand language. Our SLPs work with children of different ages, from babies to school-age children.
What sets Aleisha apart as a SLP is that she is currently learning Australian Sign Language (Auslan) through Deaf Connect. In high school, Aleisha worked at a grocery store where a few Deaf customers would come in and try to communicate with her. This experience inspired her to take an introduction to Auslan course so that she could communicate with them. When Aleisha started working at Deaf Connect, she wanted to further her Auslan studies, so she completed qualifications in Auslan up to the PSP40818 – Certificate IV in Auslan.
Aleisha believes that learning Auslan is critical for her line of work because it helps her to communicate effectively with her clients and their families. She is able to understand the needs of her clients and tailor her sessions around their goals. Additionally, she is able to connect with her clients and build trust with them by using Auslan, which is often their first language. This allows her to create a comfortable and supportive environment for her clients, which is essential for their progress.
Aleisha’s experience shows that learning Auslan can help create a more inclusive and supportive environment for clients and their families, which is essential for their progress.
If you would like to contact our Therapy and Family services for more information or Aleisha’s availability, please visit here: https://deafconnect.org.au/services/therapy-and-family-services/therapy-services
To start your own Auslan journey, check out our classes here: https://deafconnect.org.au/education