Nerida Maclean

RDI® Program Certified Consultant
Speech Language Pathologist
B Sp Thy
Member of the Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment (AGOSCI).
Hanen Program Certified (It Takes Two To Talk & More Than Words)
PROMPT trained

Communication begins at birth and is developed through social interactions with a child’s primary caregivers.  The Relationship Development Intervention Program empowers parents to effectively guide their child towards real world competence.  It provides a comprehensive, structured, family centred approach to support the development of a child’s dynamic communication and thinking skills.

As a Speech Language Pathologist, I have many years experience in supporting families who have a child with complex communication needs. I have worked extensively with a range of intervention strategies to develop each child’s capacity to understand language and express their thoughts and feelings effectively.  I have specialised in the provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies to assist children with speech and language delays.  Helping families to modify the communication environment for their child, promotes rewarding interactions, reduces stress and frustration and leads to developmental progress.

I have always practised a family centred model of intervention, whereby parents are empowered to understand their child’s needs and implement changes in their daily communication and interaction style.  I became aware of the RDI Program while working in an early intervention service and immediately saw the value and relevance of this approach.  From my early self-directed learning about RDI in 2005 through to mid 2009 when I completed my training at the Connections Centre in Houston, Texas, I have witnessed many children’s remarkable journeys. I have seen the benefits of implementing RDI in both my professional work and family life.  The resulting improvements in children’s communication and interaction skills, social competence and the improvements in quality of life for everyone involved has motivated me to work privately with families who wish to pursue this intervention.
+61 407 175 209 | nerida.maclean@carfa.com.au