Amanda Spirit-Jones

Amanda Spirit-Jones
Position: Senior Speech Pathologist

Amanda’s own appreciation of life’s simple pleasures of delicious food and socialising with family and friends inspired her to choose a career in speech pathology, where she supports her clients to have these same opportunities. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Sydney in 2007 and her drive to provide current evidence-based practice has led her to return to complete her PhD. Amanda joined Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2011 having also worked in hospitals in Sydney, as well as clinics and schools in the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

Amanda has extensive experience assessing and treating babies, children and adults with mild to profound disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, global developmental delay and other neurological impairments and genetic disorders. She has specialised in supporting clients with feeding and swallowing difficulties, transitioning off feeding tubes and progressing through feeding aversions. Her PhD research is exploring the best assessments and motor-learning intervention for infants at risk of cerebral palsy who have feeding difficulties.

Amanda has also gained a wealth of knowledge in the assessment, prescription and implementation of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems. These AAC systems include Key Word Sign, low-tech, and state of the art high-tech communication systems such as various iPad apps and dedicated communication devices with direct or alternative switch and eye-gaze access options. Amanda cherishes the moments where she has seen her clients’ laugh as they participate in games with their friends, tell their siblings to “go away!”, and say “I love you” to their mum for the first time.