Rhana Gelens

An image of Rhana Gelens, a speech and language pathologist in the Therapy Pro team

Speech And Language Pathologist

Townsville

  • Alternative Communication Technologies
  • Communication Challenges
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Rhana Gelens recognises her ability to communicate (and a winning smile) has enabled her to make the most of opportunities and realise dreams.

It’s also what has driven her to become a speech and language pathologist.

“Communication is a powerful tool. Whether verbal or non-verbal, communication enables us to access our world and what we want,” she says.

As a Therapy Pro speech and language pathologist, Rhana works with child, adolescent and adult clients, assessing and addressing challenges impacting language development, social communication, swallowing and literacy.

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

A James Cook University graduate, Rhana has worked with adults who have acquired speech or swallowing difficulties as a result of conditions including stroke, acquired brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.

She also has worked with children, assessing and addressing developmental delays with tailored interventions. University placement included school-based language-based literacy interventions in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.

While speech and language therapy is serious—indeed life-changing—Rhana is keen to make the therapy experience pleasant, interactive and fun!

Member of Speech Pathology Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (2020-2021)

“Acknowledging language diversity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and how this can impact speech and language development in early childhood is important. I enjoy and am grateful to be able to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and tailor speech therapy to ensure that their home language isn’t lost.”

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