Our Team

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide the highest standard of client care whilst incorporating a holistic approach towards diagnosis and management of health, disability and education-related concerns.

We are committed to promoting health, education and intervention to all clients and their families. We do not discriminate in the provision of excellent care and aim to treat all clients and their families with dignity and respect.


Joy Kassouf

Speech Pathologist
BAppSc (Speech Pathology)
The University of Sydney

Joy has worked as a speech pathologist with toddlers, children and young people with communication, social and learning difficulties across education, health, and various community services and private practices in Australia. She was also the Project Manager for the Australian standardisation study of a major language assessment tool (the CELF-4 Australian), which was conducted in 2003-2006 and has supervised many speech pathology students during their practical training. Joy has a keen interest in a range of areas including speech, language, augmentative and alternative communication, social skills and literacy.


Laura Ellis

Speech Pathologist
BAppSc (Speech Pathology)
The University of Sydney

Laura has worked as a speech pathologist with toddlers, children, young people and their families in private practice, schools and community health settings. Laura works with many ages across a range of areas including speech, language, literacy, fluency, social skills and augmentative and alternative communication. Laura also works with adults in the areas of stuttering and accent modification. Laura is Certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program and has completed Voicecraft training. Laura’s particular areas of interest include literacy, stuttering, and speech and language disorders in preschool and school-aged children.


Sophie Newcombe

Speech Pathologist
BAppSc (Speech Pathology)
The University of Sydney

Sophie has worked with children, young people and adults with communication difficulties in private practices, schools and hospitals. Sophie has previously been employed as a School Learning Support Officer (SLSO) and a volunteer at The Sutherland Hospital Stroke Support Group for Adults. She is interested in the areas of speech, language and augmentative and alternative communication.


Hayley Colless

Administrative Assistant

Hayley will be your first point of contact at Signs and Sounds and has many years of experience working in both retail and administration. She has been a dance and baton-twirling teacher for children and young people and combines what she has learnt on a personal level with the administrative tasks associated with managing her role as Administrative Assistant at Signs and Sounds. She is always available to help with any administrative inquiries.