Elizabeth “Lizzie” Grech is a lively and enthusiastic Speech Pathologist who joined the Melbourne Child Development team at the beginning of 2017. Lizzie, an active and dynamic member of the inaugural cohort of Speech Pathology graduates at Australian Catholic University, brings with her to the Speech Pathology team a passion for contemporary clinical approaches, aspiring to integrate the most progressive and evidenced-based clinical strategies into her work helping children and families.
As a caring and compassionate Clinician, Lizzie’s goal is to work collaboratively with all members of a child’s support team, from the family to the kinder or school, to other health professionals, to ensure the most comprehensive and targeted development of each child’s individual communication goals. Lizzie has immersive experience in Early Childhood Intervention and continues to develop a strong passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also hopes to continue to cultivate her special interest in stuttering in the future.
Lizzie regularly attends ongoing professional development programs to stay abreast of the newest therapy techniques so that she continues to expand her own understanding of speech and language development, whilst simultaneously bringing the best information to the families that she works with to facilitate a greater sense of empowerment through increased participation in the therapeutic process. One of Lizzie’s most exceeding qualities is her ability to harmonise her technical expertise with her bright creativity to make her therapy sessions both beneficial and enjoyable for the children she works with.
Outside of her clinical work, Lizzie volunteers her time for the organisation OIC, who founded the ‘Day Without Speech’ with the aim to raise money to bring Speech Pathology to Cambodia while raising awareness within Australian Schools. Through her work with OIC, Lizzie attends schools across Melbourne educating primary school children about alternative ways of communication and expanding their understanding of the different communication challenges some of their peers may face. The children then participate in fundraising activities, the proceeds of which go towards clinic development and registration for Speech Pathologists in Cambodia.