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About me

My name is Anna Dury.  You may wonder how someone discovers Speech and Language Therapy as a career option.  I grew up on a dairy farm in Te Aroha and attended Te Aroha College.    I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful Speech and Drama teacher who steered me in this direction during my final year of college.  I was elected Head Girl in 1991, and in the same year I was able to work with another student who stuttered.  This cemented my career choice and the next year I headed to Christchurch to begin my studies.
 
Qualifications
I completed my Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy at Canterbury University in 1995 and in 2003 I returned to university to undertake a two year extramural Post Graduate Diploma in Arts, specialising in Autism, through Massey University. 
 
I am trained in two Hanen Programs; It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words.  These programmes are family focussed and incredibly successful at meeting the communication needs of younger children.
 
I have experience in delivering social skills groups for children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and have PECS training (Picture Exchange Communication System).  
 
Career
My professional career began in Auckland with Specialist Education Services, where I managed a busy clinic which provided general communication services for children between the ages of 2 and 21 years.  I then moved overseas, enjoying a three month working holiday at a special needs summer camp in America. Following this, I took a position at The Link Secondary School in Croydon, England.  This school for young people with special needs enabled me to work with teenagers with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay.  It was during my time there that I developed my interest in Autism and Asperger Syndrome.  I was fortunate to be able to attend conferences with some of the leading experts in the world, and apply new ways of working within the school.  In 1999 I decided it was time to return home, where I accepted a position with Special Education, in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.  During my time there, I worked with clients from the ages of two to sixteen years.  I enjoyed a varied working environment with a combination of case work and provided training courses for parents, carers, teachers, and colleagues.
 
Personal
I took maternity leave in 2006 and returned to Special Education in 2007 to deliver training courses for parents of children with language delays, and for parents of children with Autism.  I now have three children and am very excited to be offering private Speech and Language Therapy through my company SpeechWorks.  I love living in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty and enjoy sports, music and spending time with my family.