Di Van der Walt
Managing Director and Principal Speech Pathologist
Di has a passion for helping all children to be able to communicate and to reach their full potential in reading and spelling.
She believes that communication and literacy are basic human rights and every person has the right to a robust means of communication and good literacy instruction in order to achieve this.
In the words of David Yoder (ISAAC, 2000),
“No person is too anything to be able to read or write.”
Di started Perth Hills Speech Pathology five years ago and recently rebranded to Perth Hills Allied Health.
Di has extensive experience in most areas of speech pathology for children with and without a disability. She has also gained an ability to continue to work on goals in usual situations – bubbles and bikes in the garden or jumping on the trampoline to sitting at a table or on the floor in a child’s safe zone.
Di is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a Hanen certified Speech Pathologist in the “ABC and Beyond™” program for educators of 3-5-year-old’s, the “It Takes Two to Talk®” and “More than Words®” parent programs. She is also a trained instructor in “Sounds-Write” – a Systematic Sequential Phonics program and Talk for Writing.
Di and her hubby, Andre, have 2 children, Joshua and Caleb. She also has 2 dogs and a cat. They live in Roleystone. Outside of work, Di loves being outdoors and has recently taken up trail running.
Jackie has a passion for working with children who ‘fall through the cracks’. She is dedicated in finding out where the difficulties lie and then supporting the child and the family by offering practical strategies for incorporating language into daily tasks, book sharing and play. .
Jackie joined the Perth Hills Allied Health team in July, 2021. She has many years of experience working with children, both as a Primary and Early Childhood Teacher and now as a Speech Pathologist.
Jackie is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. She is trained in Talk for Writing and is currently completing training to be a and a trained instructor in “Sounds-Write” – a Systematic Sequential Phonics program. Jackie will be completing her training in Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk® in September, 2021.
Jackie and her husband, Jon have three adult children and are also foster parents. They enjoy spending time exploring new places and being creative.
Jess is the newest member of the team and joined Perth Hills Allied Health in January, 2022. She loves working with children and their families to make a meaningful difference.
Jess is trained in PROMPT, Sounds Write and Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk”. She has experience in many areas of speech therapy including speech delays and disorders, literacy, expressive and receptive language as well as AAC. She wants to continue pursuing professional development in these areas so that she can deliver the highest standard of therapy possible.
Jess is recently married and lives with her husband, Micah. They have two very energetic dogs who keep them on their toes.