Abimbola Makinde

An image of Abimobola Makinde, a speech and language pathologist in the Therapy Pro team

Speech And Language Pathologist

Gold Coast

  • Alternative Communication Technologies
  • Communication Challenges
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

As a disability support worker and aged care personal carer, Abimbola Makinde was shocked by how regularly swallowing became problematic and the frequency of choking incidents.

She was also fascinated by how effective seemingly simple adaptations could be.

“Small changes can make big differences and big improvements to quality of life,” says Abi as clients and colleagues call her.

That’s what prompted the former food technologist to go back to university and retrain as a speech pathologist.

In joining Therapy Pro, Abi’s role as a speech and language therapist enables her to work with children and adults with disability, assessing and addressing difficulties relating to development of speech, sounds and language as well as voice and swallowing difficulties.

She can also prescribe technological aids to provide alternative non-verbal communication.

Abi developed her assessment skills with children, working in early childhood clinics, reviewing toddlers and kindergarten aged children for developmental delays in language and comprehension and putting in place programs that inspired early language development.

She also worked in a hospital rehabilitation unit, with patients whose language skills were affected by stroke or traumatic brain injury.

“I can feel their frustration. I empathise. It must be like being in another country, hearing another language, and trying to find the right words to use,” Abi says.

Parenting three young children herself, Abi is keen to find workable solutions for better family communication and has a particular interest in bilingual families raising children with disability.

Abi gained her Masters in Speech Pathology from Griffith University.