Practice Director and Speech Pathologist
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University and has since worked with a paediatric caseload for over 15 years. Jennifer is committed to providing high quality, evidence-based speech pathology services that is family centred. She began working in both private and public school sectors as well as mainstream schools and special developmental schools.
Jennifer enjoys helping children with a range of communication delays. These include articulation, auditory processing, language, social skills and fluency. She is an enthusiastic clinician and gains pride in seeing improvements in her clients’ communication skills. She works with families and clients to understand their daily routines and interests, and incorporates these into individualized speech and language programs. Her therapy sessions are designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family while running sessions at schools, homes and at the clinic.
Jennifer is trained in a variety of therapies and is a passionate advocate for continued professional learning. Jennifer promotes teamwork with parents to ensure that goals are meaningful for the child and for the family.
Francesca have graduated from her master of Speech Pathology degree at La Trobe University in Australia and graduated from an undergraduate degree in Applied Science of Disability at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT). She worked at various private and public settings, including hospitals, community health services, special schools, and mainstream schools.
Francesca provides assessment and therapy to children with a range of communication delays. Francesca keens to contribute to a dynamic team of specialists to establish person – centred therapy goals, she desires to provide caring and improve the quality of life for the service users and their family. Francesca is certified and trained in a variety of therapies, these include The Lidcombe Program, Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Francesca speaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Dawn is all about helping communication be meaningful and effective who believes communication is a basic human right, and that relationships are important. Dawn became a speech pathologist after her son had received effective treatment for some speech sound errors. Building a strong, collaborative, relationship was integral to a successful outcome in treatment. Dawn is passionate and keen to guide and support you, and your family, to achieve your speech, language, and/or communication goals.
Dawn has broad experience in the field of speech pathology: early childhood, mainstream education settings, community health and private practice settings, delivering family-centered, culturally responsive and relevant, evidence-based treatment options. Dawn also has experience in mental health for children and adolescents. While Dawn practices across all areas of speech pathology, she has special clinical interest in speech, literacy and fluency. Delivery modes include: face to face in-person, telehealth, 1:1 and group settings.
Dawn is committed to enriching her knowledge in all areas of speech pathology practice, and regularly participates in professional development, bringing the best of what she learns, and latest evidence, to her clients. Dawn has completed training in assessment, literacy (Sounds- Write), Selective Mutism, and counselling. Dawn is also a member of the Victorian Stuttering Interest Group.
Dawn loves her job and feels incredibly privileged to work with clients and families to achieve communication goals.
B.A., Post. Grad. Dip. Psych., M. Psych (Ed.), MAPS
Jun graduated from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She undertook her training and placements at various private and public settings including special school and hospital.
Jun supports children and their families in a variety of settings in both public and private sector.
She provides assessment and individual counselling on a range of issues including anxiety and depression, challenging behaviours, resilience and coping, developmental disorders (e.g., Autism, Intellectual Disability), school refusal, and difficulties with learning. Sessions with the child can include a range of therapeutic techniques such as psychoeducation, play, mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
She also provides early intervention for children with Autism under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) initiative, behavioural management support for parents, and consultations with schools to assist with educational and behavioural planning. She has a keen interest in working collaboratively with the child, parents, and other professionals to establish treatment goals and is committed to helping her clients achieve and thrive.
Jun is multilingual and can speak fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Behavioural Management support
Assessment (psychoeducation, cognitive/ IQ, behaviour, or Autism Spectrum Disorder)
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Art Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Social Worker
Peggy is Registered Social Worker in Hong Kong and currently a member of Australian Social Workers’ Association (AASW). She has a social work training background with a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from Hong Kong Baptist University. She holds a Master Degree in Applied Psychology. Both degrees offered her theoretical training in human development, sociology, and psychology that cultivate a solid foundation of knowledge in her professional practice.
In the past 18 years, Peggy had worked in number of settings such as school, family and counseling. She has been focusing on using creative arts to work with clients in recent decade. She accomplished professional training at Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Approach and became a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT®) from International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) in United States and a Art Therapist (AthR) from Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Peggy had worked as a full time Expressive Arts Therapist by running Art Therapy therapeutic group to school students who facing mental health issue like Anxiety, Depression, suicidal ideation, etc. She also worked with youngsters who have leaning disability, aggressive behaviors, underdeveloped social skills, etc.
Peggy devoted in the person-centered approach- non-judgmental, unconditional positive regards and empathy as she believes that the therapeutic relationship provides a unique and powerful force and energy in fostering the healing process. She provides individual or group session for children, teenage, parents or adults who are interested to use arts for personal development, self expression and self healing. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Registered Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, VIT Teacher
Edwina is a graduate of the Masters of Music Therapy, and completed the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training. She is experienced across a variety of settings including early intervention, palliative care at-home support, paediatric hospital settings, day care centres, community-based services and Telehealth.
Edwina has also completed her Master of Music in Performance Teaching, and Graduate Diploma in Education. Previously, she was a Performing Arts teacher in primary schools, and has experience working with children with disabilities, ASD and/or other developmental challenges in classroom settings.
Music Therapy is research-based therapy which uses music to actively support people to improve their health, functioning, and wellbeing.
Music Therapists work with children and their families in the following areas:
- Communication (verbal and non verbal)
- Emotional regulation and awareness
- Gross motor and fine motor skills
- Social skills
- Attention skills
Edwina believes in a holistic and child-centred approach, and is passionate about providing creative opportunities for the child to thrive. She has a particular interest in working with children and young people with social skills, emotional regulation and mental health support. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Jenny is a very organised and efficient member of our team and likes to ensure the day runs smoothly and effectively with all familes and staff at the clinic. She has previously been working in retail for over 10 years in various fields and is passionate about genuine customer servcies and putting in her best effort to assist others. She enjoys different challenges in life and since covid struck, she has decided on a career change. Jenny is currently studying the Bachelor of Psychology with Swinburne online, as Psychology has always been a bit interest of hers. Jenny is fluent in cantonese, mandarin and Khmer.
Melody was born and bred in Melbourne, and loves the culture of the city she calls home. Having worked in a range of administrative roles, followed by a stint in event coordinating, she is well-equipped to assist with all things admin-related at the clinic.
When she's not at work she loves spending time with family and friends, checking out markets, and baking.