We are a team of passionate Speech Pathologists who all have many years of experience in paediatrics.
Our experienced therapists are all working independently, sharing resources, knowledge, support and skills.
We are all here because we care about your kids and you.
Betty graduated at Latrobe University, and has also completed further studies in psychodrama, family therapy and paediatric feeding. Due to long waitlists for speech pathology services in the public service, Betty began Northern Speech Pathology in 2000. In 2015 Melbourne Kids Developmental Services was formed. This consortium now encompasses allied health professionals who are equally passionate about helping families flourish.
Betty is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia who has over 25 years’ experience in working with children aged 0-12 with a variety of speech, language, play, social, literacy and feeding difficulties. Betty believes children are wired to connect with people, not machines or programs! She invites you to come move, play, learn, sing and laugh with her in therapy sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday at the clinic, and Thurs/Fri mornings out of the clinic
Pippa graduated from LaTrobe University in 1993, and have been practising for 17years. She started within the public sector (Specialist Children’s Services, Dept of human services) on a multidisciplinary team, before moving into private practice. Pippa worked in the United States of America in the 90s and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is trained in Hanen, Floor-time, Key word signing, Cued articulation, Talking Mats and Mother Goose. Pippa enjoys working with children and being entertained by their individual behaviours and characteristics. She likes to use humour and fun within the clinical setting to teach both the parents and child. Sessions are practical and provide functional strategies for the home setting, given the time-constraints of most parents. The session will always end with a prize (usually a stamp) and a chat with the parents.
Renata graduated from the University of Sydney and has over 20 years experience as a Speech Pathologist in Australia and the United Kingdom. She currently works part time for Victoria Paediatric Rehabilitation Service as well as being a mother herself. Renata enjoys seeing children between the ages of 0-12 years and believes therapy is more effective when it is in partnership with parents and other professionals.
Since graduating from the University of Queensland, Katrina has 20 years experience working with preschool and school-aged children on a range of speech and language difficulties. A Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia, Katrina’s approach to building your child’s confidence is practical and evidence-based. Her priority is to ensure that your child is comfortable in our clinic and she takes the time to understand your concerns and your child’s abilities within the family context. Speech sound disorders and language and literacy difficulties are among her particular areas of interest. Katrina is available on Wednesday and Thursday.
Aoife is an enthusiastic therapist who is passionate about developing children’s communication skills. Aoife is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia with over a decade of clinical experience working in Australia and overseas.
Aoife is experienced in the assessment and intervention of children with a range of speech and language needs and developmental difficulties including autism spectrum disorder, speech sound difficulties, physical and learning disabilities and language disorders. Aoife adopts a family-centred therapy approach and strives to keep her therapy sessions engaging and fun. Aoife is trained in PECS, Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk & More Than Words, DIR Floortime and the SOS approach to feeding.
Aoife works closely with other health professionals in the assessment of ASD and other developmental difficulties and has undertaken multidisciplinary training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2 ) and The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development.
Aoife will be working from our South Yarra clinic from April 2020.
Georgia graduated from La Trobe University and is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia. She has 24 years of clinical experience working with children with speech sound and language difficulties, fluency, literacy, social skills and developmental disorders. She is highly skilled in working with children aged 0-6 years of age and values working together in a team that includes the child, their family and other professionals from multiple disciplines to achieve the best possible outcome. Georgia is trained in Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ and ‘Target Word’ programs, Family Partnership model, PROMPT, Key Word Signs and Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention. Georgia aims to make appointments fun, provide information and practical strategies to empower families to support their child in achieving their goals.
Monday and Tuesday
Nicole completed her Masters of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University and is a Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia. She works with toddlers, school-aged children, teens and adults. Nicole has a special interest and is qualified to run international and national recognised therapy programs in the areas of:
- Stuttering (Lidcombe Program, Syllable Timed Speech, Smooth Speech Programs)
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/Orofacial Myology includes tongue thrusts, open mouth posture, atypical swallowing pattern, thumb and dummy sucking (Coulson Institute of Orofacial Myology)
- Articulation/Speech and Phonological disorders
- Motor-based Speech Disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Developmental Language and Early Communication Skills (Hanen Programs – ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ and ‘More than Words’ and Karen Stagnetti ‘Understanding Children’s Play Ability’ and ‘How to Play’)
- Hearing Impairment (holds Auslan level 3 certification) and
- Phonological Awareness and Literacy (Sounds Write).
Nicole is a caring and compassionate speech pathologist who is dedicated to empowering her clients, their family and support team with the knowledge and skills to support successful and positive communication experiences. Therapy is customised to the needs and abilities of each client and family. She has worked in community health, primary and secondary schools, community outreach and private practice. She is an active member of the Speech Pathology Special Interest Groups for Stuttering, Autism, Language and Learning Difficulties and Speech Pathologists in Deaf Education.
For further information www.mightymouthsp.com.au
Thursdays and Saturdays
Carla graduated as a speech pathologist (with a major in disability) from Charles Sturt University over 10 years ago. Additionally, Carla has a Masters in Education (Special Inclusion) as she is also passionate about ensuring children thrive in their preferred educational settings.
She has worked the last 10 years across Australia, UK and Vietnam as a speech pathologist and speech pathology mentor.
She is passionate about providing evidence-based and holistic interventions to children while working in partnership with their families to achieve best outcomes.
She has expertise in supporting the development of children’s communication, language, speech and social skills.