About Us

We are three paediatric speech pathologists based in Sydney who share a passion for delivering social communication groups. We founded The Sociable Group as we wanted to provide a service that would provide a safe space where neurodivergent individuals feel connected and affirmed, and their authenticity is nourished.

Alison Evernden


Alison is a certified practising Paediatric Speech Pathologist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and adolescents aged 12 months to 18 years.

She has worked extensively in Australia and overseas, providing assessment, diagnosis, individual and group therapy for children with a diverse range of speech, language, literacy and communication differences.

Alison is the Director of Sound Waves Speech Pathology in Sydney.  She’s passionate about supporting children and adolescents reach their social communication goals in a fun and inclusive environment.

Renee Petherbridge


Renee is a certified practising Paediatric Speech Pathologist with over 15 years’ experience working with children and adolescents in the disability community.

Renee has a passion for working with Autistic individuals and ADHDers, as well as individuals who are part of the Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Fragile X communities. She particularly loves working on Augmentative Communication and Social Communication, working towards her students interacting with their community in fulfilling ways.

Renee is the Director of Bridge The Gap Speech Pathology and is passionate about her clients communicating in their own authentic way.

Fiona Wallis


Fiona has worked as a certified practising Speech Pathologist with children and teens, for over 20 years. She is the Director of Interact Speech Therapy, and is passionate about social communication.

She loves her job because of 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. 


Primary School

High School & Teenagers

Intellectual Disability