Di Van der Walt
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 has worked at the following organisations:
- Rocky Bay – School Age Therapy Services
- Autism Association of WA – Early Intervention
- Disability Services Commission – Early Years Metro team
- Interactive Speech Pathology
Whilst working at these organisations, she has gained 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 have 2 young children, Joshua and Caleb. She also has a dog and a cat. They live in Roleystone. Outside of work, Di loves being outdoors with her family.