speech and language

Julia Schaefer | Speech Language Therapist

private speech therapy for children

Hello and welcome! Here's a bit about me ...

I was born in New York and attended university in California where I completed dual bachelor degrees in speech science and psychology with a minor in special education.  In 2004 I earned a Masters in Speech Language Pathology from San Francisco State University and stayed in the California Bay Area to start my career as a speech language pathologist.

 I specialised in Autism Spectrum and continue to find this area a very rewarding part of speech language therapy.  Over the years I've also found working with behavioural challenges in special schools to be a strength of mine and I welcome these cases always.

In 2006 I moved to Auckland and worked in a speech therapy private practice, soon I opened my own service, Speech Therapy Connections.  I have contracted to special schools, IWS, and CYF around Auckland, but I love the work with children and their families best.  I enjoy the variety of providing speech therapy in homes or schools for children of all ages and abilities.

My private practice has always been mobile - with toys and papers in my boot I had a growing vision .... a speech therapy bus! While a bus still sounds amazing I've settled for an easier to park van,  Many renovations later and now on my second van, I have the best little speech office out there! A client joked that it was the 'kiwi westie version' of speech therapy - Absolutely, and we love it!

Outside of my speech therapist career I live in Cornwallis, West Auckland with my partner and our 6 year old daughter.  Just having turned 40 I find I mostly enjoy coffee and wine with friends these days! Healthy habits aside - I also love woodwork, all things French, Pilates and horses - and in a past life there was painting and running.  Our daughter attends Laingholm Primary and has taught me so much about relating to children with kindness and compassion - as well as just how truly hard we are all working as parents every day!

Thanks for reading, - Julia Schaefer,  your local SLT

"Our boy was 3 years old when we started with Julia and he has made great progress since. Her playful techniques worked wonders and he always looked forward to the sessions."
                                                                                                                         ~ Rebecca (Titirangi)

for speech

Julia Schaefer, MS-SLT
Speech & Language Therapist
mobile | 021 027 21317
julia@speechtherapy-connections.com