Dr. Kathy Ziatas

BAppSc(Sp&HrgSc); PGradDip(SpPath); PhD(Psych)

Specialities: Speech Pathologist

Locations Serviced: Perth, Albany, Denmark, Geraldton, Goomalling, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kojonup, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin, Northam, Tambellup, Wongan Hills

I graduated from Speech and Hearing Science at W.A.I.T. now called Curtin University in 1985. My first workplace was formative in my life, at Hillview Child and Adolescent Centre, which incorporated Mildred Creak Centre, Hillview Child and Adolescent Clinic and the Robinson Inpatient Unit. I had the opportunity to work with amazing multidisciplinary clinicians in these settings and to undertake further training in group therapy and family therapy.

At this time I also completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Speech Pathology and Clinical Supervisors course. I started working in private practice in 1992 while undertaking my PhD in Psychology at the University of Western Australia.

The practice was initially run from home and there are many individuals who continue to attend the practice who are now young adults who saw me then. I finished my PhD in 2001. My PhD concerned the links between communicative competence and theory of mind development. This area of research, and research in general, continues to be of high interest to me.

Once my PhD was completed I moved our practice out of home to enable other clinicians to join me. I remain a dedicated clinician. I greatly enjoy working with children and adults with autism spectrum and communication disorder. The core of my work centres around improving communication in order to have flow through to other areas of function (academic, social, independence, work and family). Beyond the specialities that the practice offers across all clinicians I have a special interest in Person Centered Planning, systemic intervention into social, communication and behavioural difficulties, social stories, group therapy and theory of mind development.

With my husband Chris we have four children who keep us busy and laughing. I love sport, both as a spectator and as an aged participant, and all kinds of recreation.