Introducing the Chatterbox Team
Director/Senior Speech and Language Therapist
B.Sc. Speech and Language Pathology, CertMRCSLT.
I love helping children and adults to be able to communicate and cannot imagine working in any other field.
Speech and Language Therapist/Audiologist
B.A. Speech and Hearing Therapy
Lexi is a dually qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist all the way from sunny South Africa.
After completing her degree she worked at a government hospital, where she managed the speech and audiology department independently. She has managed a varied caseload ranging from neonates to adults and geriatrics, in both speech therapy and audiology. Being dually qualified, Lexi has a unique set of skills. Due to her second qualification in the field of audiology, she has experience working with children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) and the hearing impaired population.
Lexi also has much experience working with the adult population. She has worked with adults who have suffered neurological incidents such as strokes and traumatic brain injury and their consequent impairments, namely: expressive and/or receptive language impairments, swallowing and feeding difficulties, speech impairments and cognitive impairments.
She has been on further training in the areas of: Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), “Speech Motor Learning” (SML) programme for Apraxia, Hands on Autism (training incorporating principles of PECS, TEAACH, Makaton and AAC) and management of the child with Cerebral Palsy.
Lexi is outgoing, extraverted, enthusiastic, hard working and extremely passionate about her vocation. Lexi is thrilled to be joining the Chatterbox team and will expand upon the current services offered at Chatterbox, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adults experiencing a wide range of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing related impairments.
Julise de Wet
B.A. Occupational Therapy
Julise is an Occupational Therapist from South Africa. After her final practical year, she worked for a government hospital and treated a wide variety of diagnoses. She worked within various Hospital Units, getting treatment experience for different patient needs.
In paediatrics she focused on cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays and early intervention for premature babies. She has completed her Introduction to the Clinical Analysis, Treatment and Management of children with Cerebral Palsy Course.
She is skilled in school and developmental evaluations and providing clear reports and goals for her clients.
Within the adult population, she has experience in treating and rehabilitating adults with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, amputees and cognitive impairments.
Julise is also skilled in the fabrication of static and dynamic splinting of various hand injuries.
Julise a very hard worker and loves what she does. Her therapy is patient-directed and she evaluates and treats each client according to their own specific needs.
Teacher/Speech and Language Therapist
Hi, my name is Charli. I am from the UK and have lived in Cayman since August 2017. I am qualified as both a Teacher and a Speech and Language Therapist. I have 4 years experience of working in various schools in the UK, teaching children between the ages of 3 and 11. I also have experience of leading Speaking and Listening and Music in a primary school. For the past year I worked in a Nursery class here in Cayman, where I developed a love for teaching younger children.
I am passionate about communication and its role in children’s development and I’m excited to encourage and develop children’s communication skills at Chatterbox. I am creative and love using themes to encourage learning, through which I plan activities that allow children to explore and expand their new knowledge.
In my spare time I like to go swimming!
Independent Social Worker
Diploma Social Work
Suzanne worked in Children’s Social Care as a Social Worker and Manager for 15 years in the UK before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2014 and now represents Chatterbox as an Independent Social Worker.
Her independent work includes undertaking a range of child centred assessments within public and private law. Suzanne specialises in preparing welfare reports for matters relating to contact/custody issues; in such cases, Suzanne provides mediation between parents/family members and supervised contact.
In addition, Suzanne offers family support services to both children and adults, providing therapeutic and practical solutions, advice and guidance. She also has significant experience working directly with special needs children and their families.
Suzanne’s practice is underpinned by relevant legislation and research; she is an experienced trainer and has undertaken applicable post qualifying awards to enable best practice and continued registration as a social worker.
Suzanne joined the Chatterbox team in June 2015 as a Family Support Social Worker, providing a variety of services to children and families. The family support role is a vital link for families to help co-ordinate services and ensure that everything is running smoothly at home and school.
Stephanie is originally from New York City and relocated to Cayman in December 2016 with her husband who grew up on island.
Prior to moving, Stephanie taught kindergarten and Pre-K first as an associate teacher and then as a head teacher for 8 years in several private schools in New York City. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in History and her Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education both from the University of Virginia in 2008.
Since moving to Cayman, Stephanie has started a family and was inspired to start a sensory class by her son, Spencer. In addition to playing with Spencer, Stephanie is an avid reader, loves cooking and enjoys playing with her dog, Bear.
She is passionate about helping students feel confident in themselves and successful in their learning.
Shanae assists Steph with teaching the children who our Playschool. She is kind and gentle and helps our children to relax and learn to their full potential.
She knows exactly when to step in and help a child to complete a task and when to let them figure things out by themselves.
Since joining the Chatterbox team, she has learned a great deal about children’s learning styles and strategies to help them reach their individual goals.
She also helps out with preparing materials for the Playschool and for other team members.
Andrew was raised on Island as a child and left shortly before hurricane Ivan. He returned from the States almost 4 years ago.
Here at Chatterbox, he is the administrator and the receptionist – anything from taking phone calls, receiving payments or medical billing is his forte here.
His role is to make life a little easier for our therapists and educators, so they can do what they do best. Most importantly, he is here to help!