Yuri has always had an interest in how language and our minds work and how people learn to communicate with one another and also the difficulties that some children and adults experience when it comes to communication. He did his first degree in languages and linguistics and eventually did his speech pathology degree so that he can help others overcome communication difficulties and help them have a better quality of life.
Before Yuri became part of our Kids Chatter family, he worked in another private practice with adults and children. His caseload included working with families to develop their speech, language and social skills as well as the implementation of AAC. He also had a big focus on parent coaching to help them create a language-rich environment to support their children’s language development and skills. Yuri worked together with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists which provided him with a holistic view of all the challenges that many families often face and how he could best help and support them.
Prior to becoming a Speech Language Pathologist, Yuri was an English teacher overseas where he worked with a variety of different populations including children and adults. As a Portuguese and Spanish speaker himself as well as living in several other countries before settling in Australia with his family, he has experience working with bilingual and multilingual families and has a great understanding of different cultures and languages.
Why Kids Chatter?
“Kids Chatter is a place with highly experienced clinicians who want to provide a great workplace for clinicians where they can be happy, which to me is a basis for success in providing quality services for families. They care about helping families and I feel it is a place where I can continue to grow as a clinician and where I can contribute to the team and their clients.”
When Yuri is not in the clinic, he spends his time with his wife and two young girls who are energetic and keep him busy. He loves being outdoors and spends his time camping when he can and he loves to play the guitar in his downtime too.