Our team of enthusiastic and experienced therapists ensure the implementation of evidence based and family centred practices.
Home, school and clinic-based services are offered to cater for the needs of the clients and their families.
Speech Academy Services strives to support children to achieve their full potential through tailored therapy programs that are developed in collaboration with families and their wider teams of support. We set achievable goals, implement practical strategies and evaluate progress.
Souha Karim | Director and Senior Speech Pathologist
Souha is the Director and a Senior Speech Pathologist at Speech Academy Services. She graduated from Macquarie University with a Master of Speech Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences.
Souha has experience working in the non-for-profit and private practice sectors. She has serviced regions including South Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains.
Souha is skilled in working with children on the Autism Spectrum who present with complex communication needs, children who present with speech sound disorders, and children with literacy difficulties.
She has an interest in supporting families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, implementing communication systems to replace or accompany spoken language, and supporting social communication competence.
Souha seeks to build the capacity of parents, caregivers, and wider teams of support to implement strategies at home, school, and within the community. Souha is formally trained in Hanen More Than Words, The SOS Approach to Feeding, Lidcombe Program, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Orofacial Face Myology, Visualising and Verbalising, Learn to Play Therapy, and Sounds-Write.
In Souha's spare time, you will find her reading, spending time outdoors with family and travelling.
Seham Elbaff | Senior Speech Pathologist
Seham is a Senior Speech Pathologist. She studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at the University of Sydney.
Seham has experience working as a community-based therapist delivering individualised therapy supports, teletherapy, group therapy programs, parent training and online webinars in the non-for profit sector since 2016. She continues to service many areas around South Western Sydney.
Seham is skilled in working autistic children. She has an interest in working with children within the early intervention years (0-7) in the areas of language, speech, play, social skills, fluency and transition to school.
Seham enjoys providing capacity building supports to parents, carers and educators within everyday settings such as the home, school and community. Seham has completed a number of professional development courses. She is formally trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Lego Training, Read 3 and Hanen More Than Words (MTW). Seham continues to undertake formal training to further expand on her knowledge and clinical skills.
Seham is a certified practising speech pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. In Seham’s spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and most of all spending time with her little one.
Mariam Ahmed | Speech Pathologist
Mariam is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist at Speech Academy Services. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Language Pathology.
Mariam has experience working in private practice and the non-for-profit sector. She enjoys providing individualised and group therapy services, as well as capacity building support to parents, caregivers, and educators across a range of settings and via Telehealth. She is passionate about providing evidence based interventions that is meaningful and enjoyable to her clients, as well as empowering families to implement therapeutic supports to reach their full potential.
Mariam is formally trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Hanen More Than Words (MTW), Read 3, Gestalt Language Processing (GLP), Sounds-Write, PEERS Social Skills Program for Teens and Adults and We Thinkers (Volume 1 and 2) Social Thinking Program.
Mariam is passionate about supporting children and adolescents to find a way to interact with the world, empower families to implement therapeutic supports, as well as advocate for their children.
In Mariam's spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active and being outdoors.
Eman Karim | Occupational Therapist
Eman graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Eman has experience working with children who have complex medical backgrounds. She is passionate about building the capacities of families and/or caregivers by providing practical strategies and continuous review of progress. Eman has a particular interest in teaching life skills to adolescents and assisting children with their handwriting.
She has experience working in government, non-for-profit, and private sectors. Eman has completed training in Promoting Positive Sleep Practices with Children.
In Eman’s spare time, you will find her at the beach, reading a book, or out in nature with family and friends.
Lina Kabaha | Occupational Therapist
Lina graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Lina has experience supporting children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds using a client and family centred approach. She has interests in assisting children improve their fine motor abilities and increasing their emotional awareness by providing them with the right tools to achieve self-regulation.
Lina is motivated to bring her skills and expertise to sessions so that the children and families she works with feel valued and empowered every single day.
In Lina’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and staying active.
Safiya Alameddine | Speech Pathology Allied Health Assistant
Safiya is an Allied Health Assistant at Speech Academy Services. She is currently in her 3rd year studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at the University of Sydney.
Safiya has a particular interest in early intervention, helping to support families of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with their speech and language needs.
In her spare time, you’ll find Safiya spending time with family, reading books, or watching a good show.
Layelle Hamouda | Speech Pathology Allied Health Assistant
Layelle is an Allied Health Assistant at Speech Academy Services. She is currently in her 3rd year studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at the University of Sydney.
Layelle has a particular interest in early intervention, supporting children who are bilingual speakers, and children who present with fluency disorders.
In Layelle’s spare time, you will find her reading a good book, spending time with friends, or watching a movie.
Ahmad Karim | Office Administator
Ahmad graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Policing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Construction Management. Ahmad is passionate about constructing facilities that cater to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
As an Office Administrator, Ahmad is responsible for handling all administrative tasks. His dedication to supporting the smooth operation of Speech Academy Services has been an essential contribution to the effective delivery of allied health supports. The combination of Ahmad's educational background and passion for building facilities makes him an invaluable asset to the team.
In Ahmad’s spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Speech Academy Services provides assessment and intervention programs targeting one or more of the following areas:
Speech Academy Services provides parent education across a variety of settings (e.g. community centres and education settings) and formal professional development sessions for external agencies. Please contact Speech Academy Services for more information.
Speech Academy Services provides therapeutic support through:
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