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.

The key foundation of Guiding Pathways is to put the clients first.

Our Rooms

Meet Our Team

Christian Parente - senior childrens developmental educator

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).

Adelaide child psychologist Carolyn Cole

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.

Adelaide child psychologist Kerri Vowles

Kerri Vowles

Child Psychologist

Kerri specialises in working with children, adolescents and the people who support them. Kerri is experienced in the assessment and treatment of children and young people with a broad range of emotional, social, behavioural and relational difficulties, including developmental disorders.

Kerri is passionate about working in partnership with children, young people and their families, to help understand their experience, and to develop strengths, skills and strategies. Kerri is committed to supporting clients and their families to achieve their goals, minimise the impact of their difficulties, and to support optimal functioning/wellbeing for the individual and their family.

Kerri has experience in working with children, young people and their families in the following areas;

  • Managing anxiety and low mood (e.g. sadness)
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Strengthening the relationship between the parent/caregiver and child
  • Skill development to assist children to manage their emotions (e.g. anger, frustration, worry) and behaviour
  • Parenting support for responding to their child’s emotions and behaviour
  • School difficulties and peer relationships
  • Relationship and sexuality issues
  • Social skills
  • Trauma, grief and loss
  • Anger, aggression, and frustrated (defiant) behaviours
  • Learning and attention difficulties
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Managing stress associated with school and study, including organisational skills
  • Developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or learning delays

Kerri has a warm and engaging therapy style, and individualises her approach to meet the needs of clients and their families. She draws on a range of evidence-based frameworks and theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy and Attachment Theory.

Kerri is a Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honours and Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Flinders University. Kerri’s knowledge and experience has been gained through many years of working in the areas of health, mental health and disability.

Cara Davies - Developmental Educator

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).

Alice Ramsey - childrens speech language pathologist

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 - childrens speech language pathologist

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

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.

Kahlia Tutty - Reception & Administration

Kahlia Tutty

Reception & Administration

As your first point of contact at Guiding Pathways, Kahlia will ensure you feel welcomed and listened to.

Kahlia is highly organised and efficient with a strong working background in customer service and administration. She has many years’ experience caring for children, and working with people of all ages with diverse abilities and cultural backgrounds.

With a warm and friendly personality, and a professional work ethic, Kahlia is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service (and a good cup of tea or coffee!).

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