Helen Tainsh is a Senior Speech Pathologist with 30 years of experience of working with individuals who have complex communication needs and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). Helen completes a large portion of CPEC’s intake assessments which means that she is often the first person you’ll get to meet! Helen supports the speech pathology team as a mentor.
Helen's favourite part of her job at CPEC is having the opportunity to work with amazing families and support people to be able to say what they want to say whenever they want to say it.
Helen has completed PROMPT introductory and advanced training. She is a certified presenter in Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (P.O.D.D.) Communication Books. She also has extensive experience in the programming and use of speech generating devices. Helen has a strong interest in AAC and literacy and has been instrumental in using the Four Blocks Framework with many students to improve their literacy skills. Helen has completed both the Introductory and Advanced Intensive Seminars on Literacy in AAC. Helen presents regularly on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in workshops and at conferences.
Outside of work, Helen loves to spend her time with her family, entertaining and gardening.