Jo Brenecki

Jo Brenecki

Jo Brenecki is a speech-language pathologist, mother of two and freelance writer. She has a degree in Applied Science in Speech Pathology and has worked with children and families in health and education settings for over 25 years. She is currently the Senior Speech Pathologist at The Benevolent Society. She has a passion for supporting parents and teachers to develop children's communication, learning and social skills by sharing information through blogging and article writing. 

Kids

For over 25 years Jo has worked with children with communication and learning difficulties, developmental delays and other disabilities. She has a particular interest in autism spectrum disorders. As well as working directly with children and their families, she has also worked with teachers, child care workers and school support officers to help children learn and develop. While raising her own two children, she was involved in parent groups, playgroups, preschool and school activities. As a parent she was able to experience how simple, everyday activities could be used to enhance children's learning and development.

Jo believes that good nutrition, quality caring relationships and the opportunity to play and explore are vital to children's development and well-being. She believes that each child deserves the opportunity to reach their own potential and is keen to support adults in developing the skills of the children in their lives.

Baby

As a speech pathologist, Jo had knowledge in the area of baby and toddler development and feeding prior to becoming a mom. Becoming a parent of two children, who both experienced feeding difficulties and later food allergies, sparked a greater interest in the areas of breastfeeding and other aspects of baby feeding and nutrition. Jo is also passionate about supporting babies to develop communication and play skills. She loves to share information about how quality early experiences for babies can lay strong foundations for future learning and development.

Family

As a parent of two, including one child with special needs, Jo has experienced the challenges of family life. Having worked with parents and children for many years, she is aware of the wide range of experiences and challenges that families face. Jo has a Graduate Diploma in Health Counselling and believes that supporting families is vital to the development and well-being of children.

Children's Books

Through her work with children over many years, Jo has seen the value of experiencing books from an early age. As a parent she was able to watch her own children develop a love of books and experience the joy of sharing this with them. Jo feels that parents and children spending time reading together has enormous benefits for children's current and future learning and helps build quality parent-child relationships. Her work over the years with developing children's literacy skills has reinforced her belief in the relationship between a child's experience with books and his or her success with reading, spelling and writing at school.

Other Interests and Hobbies

In her spare time Jo loves gardening, cooking, reading, photography and walking. She and her partner are restoring their 1865 home in the Barossa wine region of South Australia. She loves to cook with fruit, vegetables, herbs and eggs from her own garden and is passionate about making fresh, seasonal food. She loves to explore the local hills, beaches and vineyards with her camera in hand and try out local cafes and wineries.

More About Jo Brenecki

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Most Recent Contributions by Jo Brenecki

Brain Game Ideas for Children of Different Ages

Playing games is a great way for children to develop many skills and provides an excellent opportunity for learning. The following games hel ... Read More

Easy Microwave Recipes for Kids

Cooking is fun for kids and they can learn all kinds of skills as they cook. Cooking can also inspire your kids to try new foods. However, k ... Read More

Number the Stars Book Review

Number the Stars is a fictional story of friendship, loyalty and courage set during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. This book, by Lois Lowry ... Read More

The One and Only Ivan Book Review

The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao, is a fictional story about a real life silverbac ... Read More

Understanding Typical Child Behavior

Raising children can be worrisome at the best of times. Understanding what behavior is typical at different ages can help parents know what ... Read More

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