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ph: (02) 6299 7271

Postal Address

PO Box 1570 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Location

1 Thorpe Ave Queanbeyan NSW 2620

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Our Team

Karen

Director

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary), Master of Special Education (majoring in Autism Spectrum Disorders), Certificate 1V in Leadership and Management and an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Karen worked in preschools/childcare centres and schools in NSW/ACT and indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, before following her real passion of teaching children with additional needs. She completed her Masters in Special Education majoring in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Canberra University and started working as an Early Intervention Teacher at Treehouse in 2005. 

Since 2018, Karen has been responsible for leading and managing the enthusiastic and dedicated team at Treehouse. She is committed to fulfilling the goals of the Treehouse founders in ensuring that all families that have concerns about their child’s development are able to access support and guidance. 

Karen has additional training in ‘Circle of Security’ and ‘Stepping Stones Triple P’. These programs aim to assist parents and carers to build a strong connection with their child and to promote positive behaviour.

Karen’s motivation is for all children to learn and progress and have a happy life. 

Available Monday-Friday

 

Sam

Finance Officer, Administration Officer

Sam has been at Treehouse since 2009.  You will find her in reception with her other colleagues welcoming and assisting clients when they enter the premises.  Her main role is managing the financials of Treehouse, submitting, and acquitting grants, reporting to the Board, Payroll, accounts payable and any other administrative tasks that are required.  She is a valued member of our team and responsible for many of the strong foundations that make our Treehouse such a great place to visit.

Available Monday to Friday

Kelly

Administration Officer / NDIS Plan Manager

Kelly is an integral part of the team and supports all staff to ensure efficiency in our day-to-day operations. She is the main contact for NDIS enquiries and has a vast and detailed knowledge of funding systems.  She assists with (but is not limited to) Plan Management services, arranging and monitoring Service User Agreements, creating Funding Plans, email and phone correspondence, Invoicing and Accounts. Kelly brings a wide range of skills and is always up for a laugh. Treehouse is lucky to have such professional and knowledgeable staff member.

Available Monday to Friday-

Linda

Administration Assistant

Linda is the newest member of the Administration Team. She works part-time supporting the team with key administrative tasks that assists with the smooth running of Treehouse.

Linda has a keen interest in supporting families who have children with special needs. She understands, and knows first-hand, the daily challenges that families can face and the importance of early intervention and social interaction to a child’s development. She is happy to assist you with any enquiries you may have.

Linda has a background in support work, fitness, and the public service.

Available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Di

Child and Family Health Nurse - Intake Officer-/Support Co-ordinator

Di has many years’ experience as a Child and Family Health Nurse, specialising in early intervention. Di loves meeting new families and helping them find their way forward by linking them in to the support they need to help their child. As a mother of a child with a disability herself, she has a personal understanding and empathy for families who are starting this journey.

Available Monday

Emily

Key Worker

Bachelor of Musical Arts, Masters of Teaching

Emily has been a special education teacher for 5 years, working in Tasmania, Brisbane, and Canberra. During this time, she has worked with young people from varying age groups (early years -17 years) and a range of common and complex learning needs. Emily has a passion for supporting those with complex communication needs and implementing positive behaviour support (PBS) principles, tools and strategies.

Emily strives to ensure that your child is learning and developing through their everyday activities, making the most of each child’s interests to connect with them and encourage their participation and independence. Emily will work with the child, and the team around them, to support their learning, independence, and success.

Available Monday to Friday

Jess

Early Intervention Teacher, Key Worker

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Jess has worked with children for 10 years in early childhood centres, preschools and primary schools. Her passion has always been supporting and advocating for children and families with a diverse range of needs. She has a strong interest in supporting children develop their communication particularly around their social skills and emotional regulation. Jess believes that every child can achieve their full potential if someone believes in them. She loves learning with families, amazing therapists and teachers at Treehouse and the community to support children to succeed in all areas of their life. Jess looks forward to supporting your child in Early Intervention Groups or as their Key Worker.

Lisa

Early Intervention Teacher, Key Worker

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Lisa began teaching in 2001 and dedicated the first ten years of her career to preschool education. She then specialised in Early Intervention through the facilitation of EI Groups, consulting in schools, preschools and early childhood settings, and through home visits for 1:1 therapy and family support. She has experience working with children with a wide range of delays and disabilities and through her programs aims to build confidence, skill development and connection to family and community.

Her particular areas of interest are behavioural support, social skill development and working alongside vulnerable families to empower and build capacity.

Available: Casual

Stassia

Educator/Therapy Assist/Early Intervention Support

For more than 18 years Stassia has been at Treehouse supporting children and their families. Her motto is “children can”.

Stassia has Special Education Training as well as being trained by The Hanen Centre in SPARKtm to coach parents communication and play skills with their children as well as Behaviour and Emotional Management.

Stassia has an interest in Autism and has watched many families and children over the years walk the stepping stones to their goals and successes.

Stassia through her years and experience at Treehouse provides support in Group, as well as her 1:1 Therapy Assist Role in Pre School and Home settings. 

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see” Alexandra K. Trenfor

Additional language/s: French and Lebanese

Available: Mondays to Thursdays

Caryn

Stronger Pathways to Preschool Program/Early Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Learning Management Early Childhood

Caryn has been a teacher since 2004 and is a passionate and supportive member of the Pathways to Preschool Team. She has worked across many settings from her experience as a teacher in Queensland as well as New South Wales. She is currently studying a Masters of Special Education.

Caryn loves getting to know each child individually. She takes time to build meaningful, professional relationships with them that allow for a team approach in developing enthusiastic and well supported transitions into their preschool environment. Caryn enjoys exploring children’s creativity through exciting and new play experiences in groups. She believes the continuous sparking of children’s curiosities assists adults in learning the individual strengths of each child that in turn, can be used to build upon areas of their development that require more support.

Available Monday-Friday

Kristie

Stronger Pathways to Preschool Program

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Education (Special Needs)

Kristie has a diverse teaching background that includes primary school, Distance Education, The Arts and coordinating a playgroup that aimed to assist children and their carers to access and meet new people in their community.
Kristie has always had a passion for dance and has taught children a variety of dance styles. Her primary focus is on classical ballet, and she has successfully entered many children in ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dancing.
Kristie places a strong emphasis on ‘a sense of belonging’. It’s her aim to help children to feel like a valued member of a group and she strives to help children reach their full potential by catering for their individual needs. Most importantly, she aims to provide individuals with a feeling of being safe; secure and familiar with their learning environment, and the people around them. Kristie believes that this is when learning can truly be at full capacity.

Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Debra

Stronger Pathways to Preschool Program

Bachelor of Education (Primary), Certificate of Child Care Studies

Debra has been working with children and families in a range of settings for around 30 years and has loved every minute of it. This has included preschools and schools in Australia and the UK. She has a special interest and experience supporting families of children with additional needs. This includes facilitating and working with playgroups in the ACT, and supporting families to meet and build networks. She has also run workshops with parents and children on homemade resources and ideas on play. Debra’s interest in supporting children to learn (through play) led to a range of experiences and training including Holistic Circus Therapy and workshops on Autism. Debra works in our Stronger Pathways to Preschool Program ensuring that the journey to preschool for families, children, and teachers, goes as smoothly as possible through groups, visits, other resources, and, of course, lots of play!

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Kathy

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Therapy (Uni Qld), Graduate Diploma of Special Education (Hearing)

Kathy has had over 35 years of experience working with children, families and educators in community health, early intervention, schools and preschools, and childcare settings.  She has a particular interest in early language development and social communication, alternative and augmentative communication systems, as well as in paediatric feeding.  She has certification in several Hanen® programs, including It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, Learning Language and Loving It, Talkability and ABC & Beyond.  Kathy is passionate about working closely with families of children who are developmentally different and who need assistance to find effective and useful strategies that actually make a difference.  Kathy emphasises that children begin communicating from birth, and that there is no stage that is ‘too early’ to help a child foster meaningful interactions.  Kathy has lived in the United States, Sudan, Botswana and Australia.

Sarah

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology)

Sarah is an experienced speech pathologist at Treehouse with over 10 years’ experience working in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. Her passion is partnering with families and communities to support each child to reach their potential. Her areas of professional interest include literacy, early and advanced language skills, speech, stuttering and play – to name a few.  Her professional support revolves around providing a high quality evidence-based service, which holds each family at the core.

Diante

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Diante has been a paediatric Occupational Therapist since 2016. She has worked in the Philippines for 3 years which means that she holds a repertoire of skills and knowledge informed by overseas culture. She has worked primarily in early intervention and with children and families who come from diverse backgrounds. She values collaboration with parents and carers in order to assist children in reaching their full potential. She has training and knowledge in play-based therapy approaches including Developmental Play, DIR Floortime, and Sensory-based play. She believes that play is a great tool for children to understand the world around them. She loves incorporating movement and sensory activities such as dancing, exercising, and fun obstacle courses. Diante loves meeting new faces and cannot wait to support you and your child on their journey.

Additional Language: Tagalog

Available Monday-Friday

Anisa

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of South Australia

Anisa graduated from University of South Australia in 2013 and has been working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist since then in Adelaide, Canberra and New South Wales. She is passionate about working in Early Intervention, making everything fun and engaging while empowering families to help their children develop. Anisa is trained in SOS Approach to Feeding, and has experience supporting families with development of play, toilet skills, sensory processing, self-care and self-regulation strategies. Anisa enjoys living an active lifestyle in the community, having been involved in gymnastics for 20 years, playing volleyball in Australia and overseas and recently AFL. She is passionate about supporting families and breaking down the barriers to be able to engage in the community.

Available: Monday to Friday