Board Member Profiles
Sarah qualified as a Speech Language Pathologist at W.A.I.T. (now Curtin University) and then worked in a range of roles within Disability Services Commission. She then lived and worked in Los Angeles California and completed an MA in Education. Over the course of her career Sarah has worked in a variety of roles in home, clinic, centre based and school settings and increasingly specialised in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Sarah is Hanan Certified, is an SAS (Secret Agent Society) social skills program facilitator, and a Certified Special Needs Quality Life Coach.
Sarah is also the proud mother of twin daughters who are now young adults and who are both on the Autism Spectrum (this was included with their permission).
Sarah has been a longtime WAADF Board member and was the founding Chairperson of WAADF when it became incorporated in 2004.
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Christine Bosch qualified as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist in South Africa in 1996 and has 23 years clinical experience. She worked in schools and private practice in Johannesburg and was involved in training pre-primary teachers of the private schools in Johannesburg in speech, language and auditory perceptual development. She was the Chairperson of the Speech-Language Hearing Association Private Practitioners’ Group from 2004 until 2010 when she immigrated to Australia with her husband. Christine then completed her training as an ASD diagnostic assessor and joined WAADF.
Christine currently works at Therapy Focus as an Advanced Clinician Speech Pathologist. She is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia. Christine is also the Co-ordinator of Autism Diagnostic Portfolio at Therapy Focus and is loves working with and advocating for people living with autism and their families. She is also passionate about upskilling clinicians in providing intervention to people with ASD.
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Nikki currently works at Therapy Focus in her capacity as a speech and language pathologist and as part of their Autism Diagnostic Team. She is a practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia with 20 years of clinical experience, mainly in the provision of services to paediatric clients.
After qualifying as a Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist in 1999 and completing her Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2003, Nikki went on to work in New York City (USA), London (UK), and Cape Town (South Africa). In 2015 she moved with her family to Perth. Nikki has a special interest in ASD diagnostics and is passionate about working with clients with ASD.
Robyn Weinstein qualified as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and in addition has a Diploma in Remedial Education.
Robyn has worked for over 30 years in the areas of the diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skill Difficulties, Speech (including Dyspraxia), Language & Literacy Development & Difficulties, Auditory Processing Disorders, Neuro-rehabilitation (including Traumatic Brain Injuries), and Rehabilitation of children with Hearing Losses.
Ongoing education and attendance of various conferences, lectures, workshops and courses on current research and treatment methods is a priority for Robyn.
Robyn is committed and passionate about working as part of a team, with families and most importantly the individual.
Regina Ledo is a Psychologist with over 25 years experience in working with individuals with autism and their families. Regina studied at Murdoch University; while undertaking post-graduate studies she joined the landmark Murdoch University Young Autism Project and began her career in supporting individuals with autism. She spent 12 years at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) – a private, center-based educational program for individuals with autism, the majority of these as a trainer in the institute´s early intervention, education, and adult programs. This included a five-year appointment at Mountainview, one of in the institute´s group homes, where she resided with her family under the Teaching Family model. Regina is currently in private practice, consulting to families and agencies supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
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Scott has worked on the WAADF website since late 2012 and currently works at Autism West since July 2013, managing the organisations IT, website, social media and more. Scott is also on the autism spectrum, has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and also worked in a library for almost 10 years.
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Tania Dawson is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in the Autism field locally and internationally in Indonesia and New Zealand. She has worked as an ABA programmer and therapist, specialist Autism assessor and private clinician providing counselling to children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other developmental disabilities and comorbid mental health conditions and their families. She has also worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in Women’s Health in W.A.
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Carolyn is a Certified Practicing speech pathologist with 15 years’ experience working in the paediatric disability sector as well as the private sector.
Since 2008 Carolyn has worked predominantly with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she has a keen interest in the Australian based research for people with ASD. For several years Carolyn has specialised in ASD assessment and diagnosis and has been a participating member of the WAADF for several years.
Dr Johana Stefan is a dual fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) and the Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, with certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Western Australia and is also involved in postgraduate teaching and examination of psychiatrists and paediatricians in training. She has worked as a child psychiatrist in a variety of hospital and community settings in WA, in both public and private practice.
Dr Alpana Kulkarni has extensive experience in the management of a wide range of medical, developmental and behavioural problems in children and young people from 0-18 years of age. She is a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 2005. She was awarded Telethon Fellowship in 2004 for research in autism phenotype genotype study.
She has been working as General and Behavioural /Developmental Pediatrician at Child Development Centre (West Perth and Armadale) and in the private sector (Wexford Kids, Suite 49 ,Wexford Medical Centre -SJOG ) since 2005. She is also appointed as Senior Clinical Lecturer at School of Paediatrics and Child Health (UWA). She is a member of the Neurobehavioural and Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).
Jenny Hogan trained in medicine and in paediatrics in WA, with over 20 years of both rural (Port Hedland and environs) and metropolitan experience, and has been practising developmental paediatrics from the Fremantle Child Development Service since 2004.
She is an accredited ASD assessor with Child Development Services, and enjoys helping children and their families through the process from diagnosis of Autism to functional and fulfilled adulthood.
Jenny is a longstanding WAADF member and is also a member of the NeuroBehavioural and Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).
Dr Nikki Panotidis is a Perth trained and based Developmental Paediatrician currently working in private practice. She has extensive experience in General and Developmental Paediatrics, in the public and private sectors, having worked in remote, rural and metropolitan services. Nikki also spent years completing multidisciplinary assessments and management of children with developmental difficulties, in the Child Development Service. She is a longstanding WAADF member and a Founding Board member of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).