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Foundation First Speech Pathology was established in 2021 by Practice Director, Sarah Moran (B.Sp.Path MSPA, CPSP).

The core of Foundation First Speech Pathology is about building autonomy and strength in families and participants to empower them to advocate for and strive towards their goals, achieving independence, self-determination, and the joy of communication. We work with other allied health professionals to support children who are NDIS participants and their families. 

Foundation First Speech Pathology employs Certified Practising Speech Pathologists  We are committed to ongoing professional development, professional mentoring, and clinical supervision.

We strive to ensure that people with disabilities are offered the same opportunities as others and as an organisation that support clients with disability, we want this to be reflected in our workforce. 



Director/Speech Pathologist

B.Sp.Path (Hons); MSPA; CPSP

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Sarah is a highly qualified speech pathologist with experience in both public and private health sectors. She has a special interest in early intervention with children under 3 years, feeding, alternative and augmentative communication, and working with children with developmental disabilities. Sarah's personal experience as a sibling of a person with complex disability has given her a unique perspective and empathy families facing similar challenges. Her recent diagnosis as neurodivergent has only strengthened her passion for working in disability.

Hanen Certified Therapist - It Takes Two To Talk

Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop - Babble and Munch

Paediatric Feeding Foundations Program - Babble and Munch

Member of Paediatric Feeding Lab Mentoring group - Babble and Munch

Trained Gestalt Language Processing Speech Pathologist - Meaningful Speech

Continuing education in AAC through AAC Ally, Liberator, and Meaningful Speech

Emma ballardie

Speech Pathologist

B.Sp.Path (Hons); MSPA; CPSP

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Emma comes to the position with a wealth of experience in paediatric assessment and therapy. Graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Emma has over 15 years experience working with families to achieve the best outcomes. 

Emma has worked in both public and private practice and has a particular interest in language and literacy assessment and intervention. 


Emma has strong values in working collaboratively with families and children and has many years experience working in the disability sector. 


Emma loves dogs, with 3 at home herself and has a beautiful family. She brings a care and kindness to her practice that make her an absolute asset to any care team. 


Continuing education in supporting children with ADHD - ADHD Done Differently Half Day Workshop

Commencing additional education in Gestalt Language Processing - Meaningful Speech 



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