DARE speech pathologists provide services for a range of communication

difficulties, including: literacy, reading, spelling, writing, language and speech.  We combine

evidence-based assessment and intervention programs for literacy disorders with knowledge

gained from our own clinical experience and the needs and preferences of each individual

student and their family.  We aim to increase our clients’ love of learning by helping them to

access text in different ways while building functional literacy skills.

speech pathologist, literacy specialist, literacy tutor, experienced health professional, assistive technology expert

Shannon Chapman

Shannon Chapman is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Member of Speech Pathology Australia and the Owner/Director of DARE Speech Pathology. Since completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, she has continued to seek professional development and evidence-based research in the assessment and management of literacy disorders, such as dyslexia.  Shannon has a particular interest in assistive technology options, including a range of text-to-speech and speech-to-text software programs, which provide students with an alternative way to access and engage with text.  Her colleagues consider her a "tech-spert" (technology expert) as she is able to troubleshoot all manner of IT problems and enjoys collecting new gadgets. 

Shannon is committed to motivating her clients to reach their true potential, fostering their love of learning and preparing them for the future. Her cheerful personality and quirky sense of humour makes therapy fun for clients and her collaborative approach ensures children and their families feel actively involved in the goal-setting and therapy process.

Shannon is a certified TextHelp Read & Write Gold Trainer.

Our spacious and colourful clinic rooms are located centrally in Toowong, Brisbane. 

Shannon Chapman

Shannon Chapman is a Speech Pathologist, Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and the Owner/Director of DARE Speech Pathology. Since completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, she has continued to seek professional development and evidence-based research in the assessment and management of literacy disorders, such as dyslexia.  Shannon has a particular interest in assistive technology options, including a range of text-to-speech and speech-to-text software programs, which provide students with an alternative way to access and engage with text.  Her colleagues consider her a "tech-spert" (technology expert) as she is able to troubleshoot all manner of IT problems and enjoys collecting new gadgets. 

Shannon is committed to motivating her clients to reach their true potential, fostering their love of learning and preparing them for the future. Her cheerful personality and quirky sense of humour makes therapy fun for clients and her collaborative approach ensures children and their families feel actively involved in the goal-setting and therapy process.

Shannon is a certified TextHelp Read & Write Gold Trainer.

Melissa Nicholls

Melissa is a Speech Pathologist and Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.  She recently graduated from The University of Queensland where she was awarded Honours (Class I) for her research into tablet-based therapy.  Prior to joining the DARE team, Melissa worked as a research assistant at the University of Queensland and also gained experience working with students with literacy disorders as a Speech Pathology Assistant at DARE. 

Melissa continues to pursue her interest in neuroscience by keeping up-to-date with the most recent research and is enjoying applying this research to the assessment and management of language and literacy disorders.  She is enthusiastic about working with students and their families to help them achieve their goals. Her friendly, bubbly personality helps clients feel comfortable and engaged in the therapy process.

DARE's spacious and colourful clinic rooms are located centrally in Toowong, Brisbane. The clinic is a safe and inviting environment where students and their families can feel comfortable participating in therapy sessions.