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Emma Pannell

Occupational Therapist


Emma grew up down south on a vineyard in Wilyabrup with her 3 older brothers enjoying the freedom and outdoors. Emma has worked for people with disabilities for the last 30 years in various capacities including: employment, education, recreation, respite and the arts. Emma gained her Certificate 3 in Disabilities in 1995 and her Bachelor in Applied Science Disabilities from Flinders University in 2001. Emma was driven to support people with disabilities and their families to reach their potential in being active participants in their homes, communities, workspaces and friendships.

Emma has 2 sons, one of whom has a learning disability and otitis media which caused him to be profoundly deaf for periods of time. This inspired Emma to be gain her family Rhyme time certificate and work with mothers in the prison where she facilitated the use of Speech Students into the program. Emma was then motivated, through this connection, to gain her Masters in Speech Pathology and she has been a registered Speech Pathologist for the last 8 years and has worked with people of various ages and stages in their life. Emma was previously employed at Therapy Focus and the Department of Communities as a Speech Pathologist and a Behaviour Clinician.


 Emma attempts to make all sessions individualised, fun and engaging following the principles of Hanen Approach of child lead play-based therapy. Emma’s involvement with Calm and Connected has taught her that a person’s communication skills can only be cultivated when they are regulated and able to have sustained joint attention and connection with their communication partners.


  • Feeding and Mealtime Management (Talktools/basic nutrition)

  • Literacy (Sounds write)

  • Social Skills (Talkabout with Alex Kelly)

  • Articulation (PROMPT)

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication/AAC (PODD, touchChat, etc)

  • Sexual Education (SECCA and the SPICE institute)

  • Equipment Assessment and Applications