Alissa Gargano

Alissa Gargano

New South Wales – RDI® Program Consultant

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Advanced Practioner in Autism Intervention) with a special interest in supporting communication of children of all ages and abilities.

Since graduating from the University of Sydney, I have worked in private clinical practice, both in Sydney and Singapore. I have really enjoyed working with clients from many different cultural backgrounds, and have come to value the relationship and collaboration I form with my clients and their families. It is this collaboration with families that drew me to the RDI approach, and I really enjoy seeing how much more of a difference I can make with this inclusive approach. Apart from my work with families, I serve as a supervisor and professional mentor to student and newly graduated Speech Pathologists, both in Sydney and Singapore. I am very passionate about working with other professionals to better understand how considering development and emotions can inform our professional practice. This work also helps me to stay sharp and focused, and to benefit from the fresh perspective that new clinicians bring to the table!

My clinical work has led me to believe that therapy should work to unlocking a child’s potential, and include the family in all steps of the process. I became an RDI Consultant, as this approach taps into both of these aspects I fundamentally value in treatment.

Services offered include:

  • Language therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Individual and small group social thinking training
  • In-service and consultation services for teachers across grade levels
  • Professional mentoring services

I am committed to ongoing training in innovative and dynamic therapy techniques. Apart from being an RDI Consultant, I also have training and experience in the following programs:

  • PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
  • Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Seeing Stars (literacy program by Linda Mood Bell)
  • Visualizing and Verbalizing (language program by Linda Mood Bell)
  • Pretend play assessment and intervention
  • It Takes Two To Talk (parent training program to facilitate early language development)
  • Safe and Sound Protocol listening program

Qualifications and Memberships

  • RDI® Program Consultant
  • Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Member of Autism Connections

Contact Details

Service Area:

  • Sydney City and surrounds
  • Distance Service throughout Australia via Telehealth

Provider for rebates from

  • NDIS – Self Managed
  • NDIS – Plan Managed
  • Medicare HCWA funding package
  • Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan
  • Most Private Health Funds