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A collaboration of the two directors, Carolyn Cole and Christian Parente, Guiding Pathways seeks to provide reassurance and confidence to families with children and teens who require a diagnosis and/or therapy and support.

Having worked in the health and disability sector both in the government and private sectors, Carolyn and Christian have developed a company which is clinician lead, focuses on working collaboratively with families, and sets individualised programs of support.

Our consulting rooms are easily accessible and conveniently located at Clarence Gardens.  Our rooms provide a welcoming and nurturing environment for your child.

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Meet Our Team

Christian Parente

Senior Developmental Educator

Christian has a special interest and expertise in Positive Behaviour Support, implementing individualised programs with the child, their family and other support networks across settings (home, school and community). Christian has experience and expertise in working with children and teens who are struggling with:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Managing violent or dangerous behaviour escalations
  • Absconding
  • Assistance navigating and transitioning into education programs
  • Making and maintaining peer friendships
  • Teaching daily living and life skills
  • Behaviour support and training with the child’s support networks

Christian has a Disability and Developmental Education Honours Degree from Flinders University. Christian has worked locally as well as interstate whereby he contributed to a significant quality improvement project in Tasmania. In addition to his role with Guiding Pathways he is part of the teaching team at Flinders University in Positive Behaviour Support and a member of the Developmental Educators Association Inc. (DEAI).

Carolyn Cole

Child Psychologist

Carolyn is passionate about working with families to understand their child/teen’s behaviour, identify and build on strengths, and tailoring interventions to suit each family’s unique circumstances. Carolyn has experience and expertise in working with children and teens who are struggling with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or general learning delay
  • Anxiety
  • Managing stress associated with school and study, including organisational skills
  • Social problems
  • Depression, low self-esteem/ lack of confidence
  • Angry and frustrated (defiant) behaviours
  • Sleep difficulties

Carolyn has a Psychology Honours degree from Flinders University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Australia. Carolyn has worked as a psychologist since 2000 in both the private sector and a range of government settings including disability and health. Carolyn has extensive experience in both diagnostic assessment and therapy with individuals with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disability. Carolyn is AHPRA registered, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and supervises Psychologists working towards Clinical endorsement.

Marissa Menezes

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Marissa is passionate about providing child and family-centred service. She has experience in delivering cognitive, academic and socio-emotional and behavioural assessments to young children and adolescents with a range of difficulties and disorders including Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learning difficulties.

She also has experience in engaging with the adults in a child’s life to understand each child’s unique needs and providing individualized recommendations to support the child.

She has knowledge of evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Attachment Theory.

Marissa holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide and has experience in the private sector and government settings including health and child protection. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Marissa is currently undertaking the process to become a Clinical Psychologist.

Cara Davies

Developmental Educator

Cara specialises in working with children and families using a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach. Cara has experience and is passionate about supporting children and families in the following areas;

  • Emotional regulation
  • Managing violent or dangerous behaviour escalations
  • Absconding
  • Assistance navigating and transitioning into education programs
  • Making and maintaining peer friendships
  • Teaching daily living and life skills
  • Behaviour support and training with the child’s support networks

Cara has a friendly and engaging therapy style focusing on developing positive relationships and  working closely with the child and their family across settings (home, school and community).

Cara has a Disability and Developmental Education Degree at Flinders University and is a member of the Developmental Educators Australia Inc. (DEAI).

Adele Demasi

Developmental Educator

Adele is passionate about supporting children and families using a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach. Adele has an interest in collaborating with families, children and other professionals to improve the following areas:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Navigating transitions at either school or post-school education programs
  • Making and maintaining positive peer friendships
  • Teaching daily living and life skills
  • Managing behavioural escalations with a calm nature
  • Supporting the child’s support network to implement behavioural strategies

Adele has an empathetic and calm therapy style focusing on improving relationships in different settings and contexts (home, school, services, community). Adele was able to implement and improve this style at Guiding Pathways where she completed her 280 hour Placement under supervision in 2018.

Adele has a Disability and Developmental Education (Honours) degree at Flinders University and has recently completed her thesis evaluating a Disability Employment Service that teaches young people skills, assisting them to transition into open employment. Adele is also a member of the Developmental Educators Australia Inc. (DEAI) and was the recipient of the Disability and Developmental Education Student of the Year Award at the DEAI awards ceremony.

Alice Ramsey

Speech Pathologist

Alice has a special interest in supporting social skills, speech, language and literacy development through play-based, strengths-focused learning and positive interactions. Alice has experience and expertise in working with children and teens who are struggling with:

  • Early communication– turn-taking, joint-attention, imitation, play skills
  • Speech– producing speech sounds
  • Language– understanding others and/or expressing themselves
  • Fluency– stuttering
  • Literacy– phonological awareness, reading and writing
  • Listening skills– auditory processing
  • Pragmatics– social communication skills
  • Alternative and augmentative communication– devices that help people who find it difficult to speak to communicate more easily

Alice is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree at Flinders University.  She is a committee member with Speech Pathology Australia and an International Affiliate with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a current Hanen member and certified in the program More Than Words.

Charlotte Badge

Speech Pathologist

Charlotte recognises the fundamental role of communication in a child’s social and emotional wellbeing. She is dedicated to contributing to the wholistic understanding of each child so that they can reach their unique potential. Charlotte has gained significant experience in the provision of Speech Pathology services to children and teenagers including comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and intervention to children and their families.  Her specialty areas include;

  • Early communication development
  • Play skills
  • Language disorders / delays
  • Speech difficulties
  • Stuttering
  • Fussy eating
  • Social Skills and Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Early communication development
  • Play skills
  • Language disorders / delays
  • Speech difficulties
  • Stuttering
  • Fussy eating
  • Social Skills and Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders

Charlotte graduated from the Masters of Speech Pathology Course at Flinders in 2007. Charlotte is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, an accredited Autism Diagnostician and has completed training in various therapeutic approaches such as Hanen It Takes Two to Talk, Marte  Meo, The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime™) model, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, Lidcombe Program and Social Thinking.

Natalie Kohn

Reception & Administration

With more than 17 years’ experience in customer service and administration, Natalie brings a strong work ethic and exceptional organisational skills to Guiding Pathways.

Natalie has a passion for helping people and has experience supporting and volunteering with children and young people from diverse backgrounds. Natalie’s extensive business experience coupled with her friendly and caring personality means she puts your family first to ensure your experience at Guiding Pathways is positive.

Jessica Pacifico

Jessica Pacifico

Reception & Administration

Whether at the desk or on the phone, Jessica will always greet you with a smile, ensuring your experience at Guiding Pathways is both positive and seamless. 

She has three years’ experience of Paediatrics Administration, along with experience in supporting and volunteering with children from marginalised backgrounds. She is currently studying at Flinders University in both Outdoor Education and Special Education. 

Jessica goes out of her way to provide excellent customer service and will always advocate for you and your family’s needs.  

Michael Parente

Michael Parente

Reception & Administration

With years of experience in both the public and private sector, Michael is professional, reliable and a motivated individual with excellent relationship building skills that takes a positive attitude to all endeavours.

A degree in Business Economics from Flinders University and seven years running a successful small business has allowed Michael to develop a passion for the provision of high quality administrative, operational and customer support services.

Penny Lane

Penny Lane

Reception & Administration

With a warm and welcoming nature, in person or via phone, you will be greeted professionally and compassionately by Penny.

Penny has over 20 years’ experience in customer service and most recently 4 years in medical reception and administration.

Coming from a customer service and medical administrative background Penny prides herself on her organisational skills and she builds rapport with ease. Penny will go above and beyond to ensure your family receive a positive experience at Guiding Pathways.

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