Keiko Takenami, M.SpchLngPath., CPSP, MSPA

Photo courtesy of a 16 year old client

Keiko graduated with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in 2004. Since then, she has had extensive experience in providing assessment and therapy for children, teenagers, and young adults with a diverse range of communication difficulties. Keiko is dedicated to assisting parents and carers using a flexible family-centred approach. She provides continuous opportunities to promote the development of communication and language skills in everyday situations.

Keiko is an experienced certified therapist for the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”, “More Than Words”, “TalkAbility”, “Target Word” “ABC & Beyond” and “I’m Ready” programs. She is also trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program (Revised). These programs are widely used for helping children with global developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, language delay, and learning & literacy difficulties. Keiko feels passionate about supporting children, young adults, and their families using these evidence based programs which both empower the families and facilitate functional communication development.

Keiko also works with families that have multicultural backgrounds

As a bilingual individual who has lived in Australia for over 25 years, Keiko understands the anxieties and concerns that are relevant to families from culturally diverse backgrounds. Second language issues, cultural differences and different health and education systems can create extra challenges to families impacted by diverse cultural and language conditions. Keiko will assist you with professional, evidence-based knowledge and insights, tailored individually to suit your family.