Fiona McElhone

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Director of speech and language services

Fiona graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (with First Class Honours).  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology.  Fiona is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia and a member of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists. 

Over the past 15 years she has worked with children from different backgrounds in both Australia and the UK, and in a wide range of settings such as private practices, schools, pre-schools, community clinics and child-care centres, as well as providing home visits when appropriate. 

Fiona is committed to delivering a high quality service that is both empathetic and evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of each individual client, family and educational setting.  She thoroughly enjoys working with children and adolescents of all ages and with all kinds of strengths and difficulties. 

Her previous roles have given her the chance to gain extensive experience in helping children build their communication skills in different areas, including: articulation and phonology, understanding language, using language expressively, speaking fluently (without stuttering/stammering), literacy skills (reading, spelling and writing), social skills and appropriate use of their voice.  She has worked with children with tongue thrust and other forms of delayed oro-motor skills or swallowing behaviors.  She has worked with adults who are motivated to improve their speech clarity and/or modify their accent.

She enjoys working with children who present with a multitude of strengths and needs such as those on the Autistic Spectrum, children with genetic-based conditions such as Down’s Syndrome, attentional difficulties, auditory processing difficulties, hearing impairments and complex learning difficulties.  Working with young children and their families to improve early language and interaction skills is one of Fiona’s areas of special interest and she is certified to deliver the Hanen programs:  It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words. 

Fiona is the mother of two young girls and enjoys family time, reading, travelling and trying new restaurants with friends.