About Us

We are paediatric speech pathologists based in Lane Cove West who share a passion for supporting authentic social and functional communication. We provide a safe space where neurodivergent individuals feel connected and affirmed, and their authenticity is nourished.

Alison Evernden

DIRECTOR

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Alison is a certified practising paediatric speech pathologist with over 23 years’ experience working with children and teens. She has worked extensively in Australia and overseas, providing assessment, diagnosis and individual and group therapy, for individuals with a diverse range of speech, language, literacy, learning and communication differences.

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Alison is passionate about supporting children and teens of all neurotypes to reach their social communication goals in a safe, fun and inclusive environment. Following a strengths-based approach, Alison’s work with clients, centres around individualised goals and fostering one’s authenticity, self-advocacy and positive self-worth.

Committed to lifelong learning, Alison continues to study and train in a range of clinical areas that extend her knowledge and guide her Neurodiversity-affirming practice.

Reneé Petherbridge

DIRECTOR

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Reneé is a certified practising paediatric speech pathologist with over 16 years experience  working with children and teens in the disability community. Reneé has a passion for working with Autistic individuals and ADHDers, as well as individuals who are part of the Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X and Rare Syndrome communities. Reneé feels that every child and their family are unique with their own set of strengths and challenges, so they require an individualised approach to help them achieve their goals. Reneé is passionate about assuming ability in order to help her clients reach their true potential.

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Reneé has a passion for supporting individuals through their AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) journey with experience and training in Proloquo2go, GRID3, LAMP, PODD, Movements of Communication and TD Snap. Renee has also worked with a variety of AAC access methods including direct, switch, partner assisted and eye gaze access. It was Reneé’s extensive work with AAC users and their families, that led to the development of the InterAACtors program

Reneé is trained in a number of therapy approaches to support her clients’ social communication, literacy development and sensory processing. She draws on these techniques, adapting them to suit a Neurodiversity-Affirming framework, to support her students in interacting with their community in a authentic way.

Fiona Wallis

DIRECTOR

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Fiona has worked as a certified practising Speech Pathologist for over 23 years. She has extensive experience working in the areas of Language, Literacy, Autism, Specific Learning Disability, ADHD and Intellectual Impariment. Fiona has worked in a range of service provisions, such as; early education, schools, schools for specific purposes, multidisciplinary clinics and community health.

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Fiona is driven by the lasting impact her support can have on a diverse range of people and families. She never sets limits on what an individual can achieve, regardless of their challenges or diagnoses. Fiona adopts a strength-based approach when working with her clients and enjoys the benefits that group therapy has to offer.

Callie Mackenzie

PARENT EDUCATION & SUPPORT FACILITATOR

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Callie is an AuDHD’er (late identified) parenting three glorious, multiply-neurodivergent children. She has vast experience in supporting and advocating for her children across educational, medical and social settings.

Callie utilises her past experience as a medical doctor to critically evaluate the supports provided to neurodivergent kids, and to advocate for more affirming and inclusive options for all. Callie‘s background in Rehabilitation medicine has given her a foundation of working within a team using a strengths-based approach to support people in their goals.
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Callie has navigated various challenges with her family including diagnostic pathways (for ADHD, autism, PDA, specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, twice exceptionality), school can’t, bullying, changing schools, withdrawing from school to homeschool then returning to school at the high school level.
Callie is passionate about helping other families navigate what can sometimes feel like an overwhelming landscape, bringing her lived experience and knowledge to help find supports and approaches that serve our neurodivergent kids and their families.

Beth Collinge

ACCESS & PARTICIPATION ASSISTANT

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Beth is a friendly qualified SLSO. She loves working with children, and especially loves helping children learn through arts and crafts. She is very crafty – there is nothing she won’t attempt to make! She has over 10 years experience volunteering with children of ages ranging from toddler to primary school. She has experience working in SSPs, as well as support units in mainstream schools. She has a nurturing personality and firmly believes in inclusivity, equality and social justice.

She is an animal lover (particularly cats!), enjoys reading, watching TV and having a chat!

Jessica Garrett

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

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Jessica is a positive, cheerful, and helpful member of The Sociable Group team. She loves her family, her dog Louie, making loom bands and find-a-words. She is also an athlete, participating in Cheer & Dance as well as Physie, going to nationals for Cheer & Pom. Jessica is organised, tidy, creative, and fun, making her the perfect Administration Assistant. If you see her around, please say “hello” she loves to have a chat and meet new people!

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