Our People

Ainsley Poulos

Principle Speech Pathologist

Ainsley Poulos, the principal of Eastside Speech Solutions has more than 27 years experience as a Speech Pathologist. She has worked in a broad range of settings with both adults and children.

Having children of her own who have experienced significant speech and language problems, Ainsley understands the anxiety experienced by parents of children with communication difficulties. She also speaks at many forums and appreciates the importance of effective communicating and maintaining a good voice!

She has a particular interest in treating children with developmental and acquired communication disabilities including:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Klinefelter Syndrome variants
  • Preschool speech and language delay
  • Intellectual disability
  • Head injury (acquired brain injury)
  • Stroke
  • Autism

Ainsley has many years experience working in adult rehabilitation including brain injury and stroke, as well as voice injury and accent modification.

She sees many pre-school, school-aged, and adult stutterers each week who progress on to be stutter free for the rest of their lives. She is experienced with Lidcombe and Camperdown programs.

Ainsley is a PROMPT(c) Instructor, training speech pathologists in PROMPT(c) technique, and is the only PROMPT(c)  Speech Pathologist in Sydney.

Cynthia Chong-Christianto

Speech Pathologist

Cynthia Chong-Christianto loves working with children and adults to improve their language and ability to communicate.  

She has experience with a broad range of speech and language impairments.  She enjoys working with both adults and children with pronunciation, literacy and spelling difficulties and helping them to freely express their feelings and ideas. Cynthia sees many stutterers, both children and adults each week who progress on to be stutter free. She is experienced with the Lidcombe and Camperdown programs.

Cynthia has done extensive training in helping children with feeding and swallowing problems.

She specialises in working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities and complex needs. 

Cynthia has worked extensively with adults with pronunciation difficulties and with those who wish to improve their accent.  She is also able to help adults with a range of challenges commonly experienced following strokes and head injuries as well as from other neurological impairments.

Cynthia has an interest in literacy and is skilled in identifying reading and spelling issues and helping children and adults overcome them.

She has completed Introduction to PROMPT(c) Technique and is skilled in treating motor speech disorders.

Divya Sachdev

Speech Pathologist

After graduating from Sydney University's Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Divya has worked for more than 10 years with children across a wide variety of speech therapy settings including some of Sydney’s main teaching hospitals (St George Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, and Canterbury Hospital), community health care centres, schools and private clinics. Divya has also worked with adults after they have acquired a brain injury or suffered a stroke. 

Divya enjoys working with children and their families and gains enormous joy in helping children develop their full communication potential. Divya's varied experience in working with children from diverse backgrounds has also contributed to her ability to relate warmly with all the families she has worked with and develop communication goals in close collaboration with parents. 

Divya has gained extensive paediatric clinical experience and specialises in working with children of all ages, particularly children who are experiencing pronunciation, language, speech or stuttering difficulties. Divya is experienced in using the Lidcombe program to help many children she has worked with, achieve stutter-free speech. She has also been trained in PROMPT(c) Introduction to Therapy Technique and advanced training in Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention. 

Divya also has an interest and experience in working with children who have autism spectrum disorder. She is also experienced in assessing and assisting children with reading and spelling challenges.

Edwina Foo

Speech Pathologist