Speech and Language Therapist (Canterbury Area)

02 Jun


We are looking for a part or fulltime superstar to join our CANTERBURY speech therapy team. Where you locate yourself in Canterbury is up to you. You can base yourself in Timaru, Ashburton, or Christchurch with some travel between these regions required. We need you to slide seamlessly into our therapy team. You will be joining a passionate team of NZSTA registered speech therapists working together across Otago and Canterbury. You will hit the ground running, working independently and managing a full caseload from day one! You will be part of a committed and collaborative team of clinicians passionate about achieving the very best communication outcomes for our clients and their families.


This position involves delivering evidence-based assessment and therapy to children at school, preschool, home, and in the clinic environment. You will have experience and knowledge in a wide range of speech, language, and literacy difficulties in children aged 6 months to 18 years. Organisation, enthusiasm, and a natural curiosity about the dynamic field of child development and communication disorders are essential. An interest, and/or experience in Structured Literacy is required. Full training will be offered in this area.


  • Evaluate and treat children with speech, language, and literacy difficulties.
  • Work effectively with caregivers and educators to integrate improved communication skills with their children.
  • Create treatment plans that are innovative and effective at transforming children’s communication skills.
  • Collaborate with external agencies such as public clinicians, specialists, and teachers when necessary.
  • Seek advanced education and professional development opportunities to improve expertise.
  • Provide in-service to staff, parents, and community members to promote understanding of communication disorders in children when required.


  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in Speech & Language Therapy from a recognised University.
  • A current practising certificate or eligible for NZSTA membership.
  • 2 or more years of clinical experience.
  • A strong background in the clinical treatment of children with speech sound disorders, developmental delay, language processing disorders, autism, stuttering, social communication difficulties, and literacy difficulties.
  • Able to bring research to practice in an effective and natural way.
  • Able to quantify client gains by measurable documentation.
  • Clear and concise note and report writing.


We need an experienced Speech Therapist to hit the ground running from day one! You must be positive, high-energy, enthusiastic, and display the highest level of professionalism at all times.  A strong orientation towards creative problem solving, along with a passion for helping children and their families is essential. An understanding of private practice in New Zealand is desirable but not essential. It is essential that you are confident working independently, have good time management and exceptional interpersonal skills.  In return we will inspire, we will share our infectious attitudes and we will work with you to deliver world class evidence-based best practises in line with NZSTA guidelines. We encourage flexible employment, we are not afraid of being challenged, and most importantly we have fun!

Get in touch to join the Giant Leaps family! Enquiries are welcome. Contact Anna ☎️027 661 4441 📧anna.keno@giantleaps.nz