Meet the Barwon Speech Pathology Team

Meet our team at Barwon Speech Pathology Nicki Goodwin, Hayley Phelan and Brigitte Mawdsley feel free to contact them to book an appointment or aks a question today.

Nicola Goodwin - Barwon Speech Pathology

Nicki Goodwin

Bach App Sc (Speech Path) MSPA CPSP

Nicki graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 1987 and has been working successfully in many areas of speech therapy for the past 30 years.

She is very highly skilled, and a warm, dedicated therapist who thoroughly enjoys the rewarding nature of her work.

Nicki has worked in areas such as: physical and intellectual disability (25 years), language delay, speech sound (articulation) delay, strokes, accent modification/reduction, autism, and behavioral disturbances / ADHD.

When treating children with communication problems, Nicki’s focus is also on parent education while involving parents, teachers/aides, and OTs/physios in the therapy process, to ensure that they all are able to work as a coordinated team to attain optimum communication outcomes.

For the past 5 years, Nicki has particularly specialised in sound clarity, pronunciation, and childhood dyspraxia of speech. She has learned to successfully apply the American technique of ‘PROMPT’ facial cues with outstanding results and improvement in verbal communication. ‘PROMPT’ cues show children and adults how to make speech sounds , using gentle touch cues on the face to match speech muscle movements. Nicki has attained Level 2 training via accessing internationally accredited mentors, and regularly attends extra training to ensure excellence in her use of ‘PROMPT’ technique.

As a parent of 3 children, Nicki is attuned to family priorities; she is emphatic and understanding about your concerns regarding your child.


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  • PROMPT Level 1 (2002); Level 2 (2014); Practicum (2015)
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk; More than Words; Choosing Initial Vocabulary for Late Talkers
  • BLADES – Adding Meaning and Interaction to Language Therapy for 2-5 year olds
  • Behavioural Management
  • Floortime DIR Level 1
  • Strengths Based Approach
  • Social Stories (Carol Gray)
  • Shyness and Developmental Anxiety
  • Attachment Theory
  • Development of Play
  • Responding to Children who have Experienced Trauma
  • Makaton Key Word Signing
  • Autism and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Hayley Phelan - Barwon Speech Pathology

Hayley Phelan

Bach Speech Path MSPA CPSP

Hayley graduated as a speech pathologist from La Trobe University in 1998. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and is registered as a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.  Hayley specialises in working with children aged 0 -12 years.


Hayley has been working for nearly 20 years with children in Early Intervention Agencies and Private Practice. She is an experienced, warm and highly dedicated therapist who prides herself on her ability to make sessions fun and motivating.   As a mum of 2 school age children, she is aware of how busy family life can be and also empathetic about your concerns regarding your child.


While working with children on their individual needs, Hayley’s focus is also on providing quality parent education and working collaboratively with other professionals such as teachers, aides, psychologists, OT’s and Physio’s.


Hayley has worked in areas such as language delay, intellectual disability, speech sound (articulation) delay and stuttering. Her true passion is working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or children with social skill challenges and has spent her career developing her specialised skills in this area. She has been part of multidisciplinary Autism Diagnostic teams with both Gateways Support Services and Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She has also been part of multidisciplinary teams running specialised playgroups and kindergarten programs (Autism Early Learning Programs).


Hayley currently is undertaking ongoing training in the Social Thinking Program by Michelle Garcia Winner and is thrilled with the difference that this program is making to children’s social competencies.


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  • Ongoing training in the Social Thinking Program – Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Nancy Clements workshop- Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary
  • Hanen – It Takes Two To Talk
  • Hanen – More than Words
  • Hanen – Target Word
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Carol Gray – Social Stories
  • ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule)
  • The Early Years & Family Centred Practice
  • Working with Families Facing Complexities
  • Impact of Trauma on Development
  • Makaton key word signing
  • Zones of Regulation
Brigitte Mawdsley - Barwon Speech Pathology

Brigitte Mawdsley

Bach Speech Path MSPA CPSP

Brigitte completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, at La Trobe University in 2002.  She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and is registered as a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.

Brigitte has over 15 years of experience working with children with speech, language and communication delays and disorders, and is dedicated to working closely with families to achieve the best outcomes for their child.  Brigitte works hard to make sessions fun and motivating.  At the end of each session, Brigitte makes sure each family have a plan and understand what to work on before the next session to ensure maximum progress.

Brigitte has most recently worked in the field of private practice, supporting children with speech sound delays/disorders, literacy concerns and language delays as well as providing services under the NDIA. Prior to this she worked in Early Intervention Centre, supporting children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.  Additionally, Brigitte worked in London in a range of jobs with the National Health Service, including supporting children in mainstream primary and secondary schools, childcare centres and kindergartens.  Brigitte developed a program to train Early Years Staff in developing language and communication across the region and spent some time delivering this.

Brigitte moved to Torquay early 2015 for her husband’s work and is juggling working in Private Practice with being a mum to two young children.


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  • Hanen: It takes two to talk
  • Parent Child Mother Goose
  • Karen Stagnetti: Learning to play
  • DIR Floortime Training and Intensive Interaction
  • The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding program
  • Lidcombe – therapy for young children who stutter
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems, including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), social stories and high tech communication aids.