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“Being able to work in the client’s natural environment is a big highlight. Working on functional goals in functional settings is powerful; you are able to see whether they’re generalising new skills to their actual life, and whether it’s having a functional impact. You can actually see the impact, and see them apply what you’re doing to their everyday life. It’s really rewarding.”

Stephen completed an undergraduate degree in linguistics before working in an administration role in a hospital. After some time in this role, Stephen felt that although he was helping people, it wasn’t as fulfilling as he had originally hoped.

“After five years in that role, I realised that I wasn't finding it as rewarding as I wanted it to be; I felt like I was helping in a very indirect way. I wanted the work that I was doing to have tangible effects.”

Combining his passion for linguistics with his desire to make practical, pragmatic, and direct improvements to people’s lives, Stephen undertook further study at Macquarie University, where he completed a Master of Speech Pathology. He started with Aspect as a new graduate in January 2020. At Aspect, our therapy services are delivered in environments which are best suited to individuals, their families, and their goals. This may be in the home, online via video-conferencing, or in dynamic environments such as child care, preschool, school, community spaces, day programs, or in one of our group-based therapy programs.

“Being able to work in the client’s natural environment is a big highlight. Working on functional goals in functional settings is powerful; you are able to see whether they’re generalising new skills to their actual life, and whether it’s having a functional impact. You can actually see the impact, and see them apply what you’re doing to their everyday life. It’s really rewarding.”

Therapists at Aspect value the autonomy and flexibility that their roles provide. Having such a positive team culture is what makes this possible. Despite the itinerant nature of the role, there is a strong team connection. “The Aspect Therapy team are really supportive. I was a bit worried when I went into a mobile therapy role, thinking that it could get quite lonely, or that I wouldn’t have a team around me, but I found the exact opposite. I found that the team has been really supportive, they check in a lot, and the support and supervision are really amazing. It’s a really nice feeling; there’s a large community around me and a really strong team around me, even though I'm a mobile therapist.”

The therapy team, and Aspect as an organisation, place a lot of importance on continuous learning and expanding autism expertise so that therapists have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their role. This is something that Stephen really values.

“Aspect really does offer a workplace that's tailored to your interests: there are a lot of opportunities for joining groups that you're interested in, and a lot of opportunities for being creative with your approach. If you want your work week to be tailored to your passions and what works for you, everyone's really supportive and understanding.

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