About Solid Foundations

Solid Foundations is owned and operated by Dr Judith (Judy) Gould, BAppSc (Speech Path.), GradDip (Rural Health), MA (Linguistics), PhD (Applied Linguistics). Judy is a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist with many years of experience working across the education, health and university sectors. Judy was born and educated in Murray Bridge and she now feels very lucky to once again call Murray Bridge home for her and her family.

We provide services and products aimed at building solid foundations in speech, language and literacy. We also assist First Peoples communities in developing strong communities for children, with the achievement of positive health, educational and employment outcomes as our top priority.

No referral is required in order to bring your child to see Judy at Solid Foundations unless you are accessing speech-language pathology services as part of your child’s Enhanced Primary Care Plan. In this case, you will need to visit your family GP and request a referral to visit your chosen speech-language pathologist. Your child’s visits to work with Judy will then attract the Medicare rebate.


Background & philosophy

Judy qualified as a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Flinders University, South Australia, in 1988.

Since then, Judy has dedicated her professional career to working with children aged 0-18 years to develop their speech, language and literacy skills.

Judy has worked in a range of urban, rural and remote community settings and is skilled in supporting children, their families and their communities to work together to support communication development for children.

Judy has worked for many years with Australia’s First Peoples living in rural and remote communities. Judy has been fortunate to learn much from the many First Peoples who have given their time and expertise to assist Judy in developing skills, methods and tools to draw on in her work with Australia’s First Peoples. In 2014, Judy attended the Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School at The University of South Australia. Judy is committed to continuing her ongoing learning of this strong and important Anangu language.

Judy’s diverse and extensive clinical and consultative work as a practising Speech-Language Pathologist has been further enriched by Judy’s passion for continually extending and expanding her knowledge base through ongoing academic study.

Judy recognises the importance of maintaining current knowledge in her areas of expertise and strongly subscribes to the importance of providing evidence-based speech-language pathology assessment and support services. There is no single ‘one size fits all’ fix when it comes to supporting a child to develop his or her speech, language and/or literacy skills. Judy focuses on the development of each child’s unique and individual communication footprint.

Judy is very committed to providing speech-language pathology support to children from within a family-centred perspective. Judy has achieved formal provider accreditation in the Triple P and Circle of Security parenting programs.

Judy values the importance of working closely with your child’s teachers and other allied health professionals involved in supporting your child’s needs. Judy has previously worked within many of the schools and preschools located within the Murraylands and Coorong Districts. Judy is able to draw on this knowledge and experience in various positive ways to ensure your child receives the assessment and educational programming or therapy support needed to help them reach their full potential.


Academic qualifications

Judy has successfully undertaken the following undergraduate work:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Flinders University, 1988

Judy has successfully completed the following postgraduate studies:

  • Graduate Diploma (Rural Health), Monash University, 1997
  • Master of Arts (Linguistics), The Australian National University, 2000
  • PhD (Applied Linguistics), The University of South Australia, 2009

Judy is able to combine her knowledge of linguistics with her speech pathology skills to provide detailed and comprehensive evaluations of your child’s speech, language and/or literacy skill development. Judy’s higher degree qualifications in linguistics are especially helpful in her work with Australia’s First Peoples and people from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.


Other training

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), Provider accreditation, 2000

Circle of Security – Parenting program, Registered Parent Educator accreditation, 2012

Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School, The University of South Australia, 2014


Professional memberships

Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the Australian speech pathology profession.   Judy has been a member of SPA for over 27 years.

Indigenous Allied Health Association

Indigenous Allied Health Australia Ltd. (IAHA) is the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health peak body. IAHA was established in 2009 from a network of committed allied health professionals.


 Other relevant experience

Judy has experience working within the public and private education sectors across much of Australia and so has an appreciation of the differing demands placed upon children and their families with regards to accessing support for their children from within schools and education departments.

Judy also has experience as a home-schooling parent and is familiar with the Steiner/Waldorf educational philosophy.


Academic teaching and publications

Judy has taught in the following undergraduate degree courses:

  • Language and Culture’, Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia, Magill Campus, South Australia
  • Introduction to the Study of Languages’, Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia, Magill Campus, South Australia
  • Indigenous Issues for Nurses and Midwives’, School of Medicine, Flinders University, South Australia

Judy’s peer-reviewed, published works include:

  • Gould, J., dePlevitz, L. & Smith, T., (2009) Insufficient research on fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder can adversely affect Indigenous school children. The Medical Journal of Australia, 190(5), 286-287.
  • Gould, J., (2009) There is more to communication than tongue placement and ‘show and tell’: Discussing communication from a speech pathology perspective. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 29(1), 59-73.
  • Gould, J., (2008) The effects of language assessment policies in speech-language pathology on the educational experiences of Indigenous students. Current Issues in Language Planning, 9(3), 299-316.
  • Gould, J., (2008) Non standard assessment practices in the evaluation of Australian Aboriginal children. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22(8), 643-658.
  • Gould, J., (2008) ‘Language difference or language disorder: Discourse sampling in speech pathology assessments for Indigenous children’, in Children’s language and multiculturalism: Indigenous language use at school and at home, Simpson, J. & Wigglesworth, G., Continuum Press, 195-212.
  • Gould, J., (2005) ‘Creating non-standardised assessment tools for use with Aboriginal children: The role of community consultation’, in Proceedings of the 2005 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Practicality and impact: Making a difference in the real world, Heine, C. & Brown, L., Melbourne: SPA, 38-45.
  • Gould, J., (2001) Joint assessments for Koori children. Australian Communication Quarterly, 3(3), 136-138.
  • Gould, J. & Chatfield, C., Aboriginal Health Worker, (2000) The winanggaay after school group information package. Yass Community Health Centre, Yass, NSW.
  • Gould, J., (2000) ‘Assessing the spoken communication skills of Aboriginal children’, in Research, reflect, renew: Proceedings of the 2000 SPA national conference, Lind, C., Adelaide: SPA, 65-75.