Therapy & Assessment for Children

Ladybug House takes a holistic approach to its therapy, incorporating the child and their family. We want our therapy to be effective and sustainable. In most sessions, parents are a key part of the therapy.  Parents are with the child all day, everyday, an opportunity not to be missed. We are not only your child's therapist, we are your expert parent trainer.

Speech Pathology

Our highly trained Paediatric Speech Pathologists diagnose and treat children with communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills and stuttering. We specialise in working with children with Autism. Speech therapy services are available on the Gold Coast and Melbourne.

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Social Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups are aimed at children who have social, emotional, language and cognitive difficulties. Children are grouped together of similar age and language level.

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Psychology

Our Psychologists in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast work with children, parents and educators to address learning or behaviour problems at home and school, as well as helping parents through difficult or challenging behavoirs and situations. We have extensive experience in working with children diagnosed with Asperger's.

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Autism Assessments

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterised by difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviors and sensory sensitivities.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy helps your child improve in everyday living tasks, that's where the word 'Occupation" comes in. For Children with developmental delays, our Occupational Therapists help improve s child's motor, cognitive, sensory processing and play skills. 

 

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Cognitive Assessments

Cognitive Assessments are also referred to as IQ tests. In order for your child to continue to develop and learn, a cognitive assessment is helpful to identify the areas of strengths and weaknesses that they may be experiencing.

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Speech Pathologists

Maria

Maria is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She trained at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and has been a practicing clinician for many years. She has worked in Paediatrics in a number of settings as a Speech Pathologist, trainer and consultant. Maria has worked in Early Intervention organisations in Melbourne, Sydney, London and at The Royal Children's Hospital in Mental Health and the hospital’s Communication Clinics. Maria has extensive experience in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). She has also worked as a Supervising Clinician with Speech Pathology undergraduates and Masters Students at La Trobe University’s Communication Clinic. Through her work at Aspect Sydney, Maria lectured post graduate students in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Singapore. Her passion continues to be working closely with children aged 0- 7 years and their families providing individualised assessment and intervention programs. Her areas of expertise and interest are in ASD, speech and language disorders and delays. She has a variety of experience working with other health professionals, schools, kinders and child care centres.

 
Lindsay

Lindsay is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She studied Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Linguistics at the University of Colorado and received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne. Lindsay has experience working with children with a range of speech, language and social communication difficulties, however, she has a passion for working with young children who stutter and specialises in the treatment of stuttering using the Lidcombe Program. Lindsay also has a great interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically working collaboratively with families to help them feel empowered and confident in supporting their children reach their full communication potential. Lindsay also enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team with other professionals in both individual sessions and in group therapy programs such as social skill groups. Lindsay is trained in the Hanen 'It Takes Two to Talk®' program, DIR Floortime®, Picture Exchange Communication System, Social Thinking®, Positive Behaviour Support, and is ADOS-2 certified.


Lia

Lia is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She studied Health Sciences at Latrobe University, and received her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne. Lia is trained in the Hanen 'More Than Words®' program, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), DIRFloortime®, The Lidcombe Program for early childhood stuttering, Social Thinking© and is ADOS-2 certified. She has experience working with children with speech and language delays in both early intervention and school settings. Lia has experience in the assessment and intervention of speech & articulation, receptive & expressive language and social skills. Lia also has a great passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and aims to incorporate the teaching principles and strategies from the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) into her individual and group therapy sessions with young children with ASD. Additionally, Lia has an interest in supporting young children with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to further enhance their functional communication skills.


Erin

Erin is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, who has worked with paediatrics for a number of years and across a range of settings. Erin has experience working with preschool aged children in early intervention and community health, and has provided therapy and consultation using a family-first, strength-based approach. She has also worked with children in both mainstream and special education settings, and has provided services as both a direct therapist to the child, and as a consultant to guide staff and parents. Erin has experience working with a variety of diagnoses and difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delay, Stuttering, Hearing Impairment and a range of speech and language delays and disorders. She is a certified provider for the Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk®’ program, and an accredited DIRFloortime® provider, which underpins her approach in all aspects of client care. Erin is also ADOS-2 trained. Erin is passionate about looking at each child in the context of their environment (e.g. home, school, or kindergarten), and working alongside their caregivers to enable them to participate to the best of their abilities.


Mariah

Mariah is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology at the University of Melbourne and received her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne. Mariah is passionate about working with families and young children on the Autism Spectrum. In addition, Mariah has a keen interest in early infancy and toddlerhood and applies a strengths-based compassionate approach to diagnosis and therapy. She has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Intellectual Disability, language and speech disorders, literacy difficulties including Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and stuttering. She applies a family-centred, collaborative approach to therapy and works closely with child care centers, kindergartens and schools. Mariah is trained in the Hanen ‘More Than Words’® program, the Lidcombe Program for early childhood stuttering and is DIR Floortime certified.

Molly

Molly is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She received a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology from Latrobe University. Molly is passionate about working with families and young children with developmental disabilities, including those with Autism. Molly has a strong interest in the areas of speech sound delays/disorders, early literacy and language. Molly values the importance of building strong relationships with families and children and collaborating closely with those in the child’s community, while applying a strength based and family centred approach to assessment and intervention. Molly strives to provide efficient and evidence-based services that incorporate the child’s individual interests and strengths. Molly is trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System©, DIR Floortime©, Hanen - More Than Words © and The Lidcombe Program for early childhood stuttering, in addition to extended professional development in the areas of Social Thinking, Phonology and literacy.


Alecia

Alecia is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. Since graduating with a Bachelor in Speech Pathology from the University of Newcastle, she has worked across a range of paediatric settings, both in Australia and abroad. Alecia has experience working with children who have a variety of diagnoses and difficulties including children with Complex Communication Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delay, Stuttering, reading and writing difficulties and a range of speech and language delays and disorders. Alecia has delivered services to children both in a direct one on one setting and as a consultant to guide parents and staff. These therapy services have been provided in a range of early intervention centres, clinics and educational settings, including private therapy, Early Childhood Development Programs, mainstream schools and special schools. She is trained in Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD), DIRFloortime®, and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Alecia is passionate about working closely with families to individualise intervention and create functional communication and participation.

KimberlEy

Kimberley is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Queensland. Fluent in Spanish as a second language, Kimberley is passionate about all forms of language learning and working with culturally and linguistically diverse children. She has spent time training overseas with other allied health professionals where she provided bilingual speech pathology assessment and intervention. Here she learnt the importance of advocacy for access to services and forming professional relationships through empathetic and respectful communication! Kimberley has experience working with young people with disabilities in metropolitan areas and is interested in the use of alternative and augmentative communication systems. Ensuring a family-centred and holistic approach to therapy is implemented is very important to Kimberley, as is her belief in evidence-based and collaborative intervention. Kimberley is trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System, Hanen ‘More Than Words’® , DIR ® , Key Word Sign and the Lidcombe Program for early childhood stuttering.


Occupational Therapist


Tak

Tak is a fully registered occupational therapist. She graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Social Sciences in Counselling and Psychology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, and received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University. Tak has presented at the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy on "Anxiety and Facial Processing in Children". She has experience working with children with developmental delays in both early intervention and school settings across Australia and Hong Kong. She is passionate about working with children in the areas of sensory processing, emotional regulation, social skills and fine and gross motor skills. Tak has completed training with Early Childhood Intervention Australian (ECIA) in relation to supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tak uses a holistic and family-focused approach to her therapy to help children to engage in meaningful activities. Tak provides occupational therapy in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Psychologist

SaRAH GuRRIN

Sarah is a fully registered psychologist and a qualified primary school teacher. Sarah has degrees in both teaching and psychology giving her a broad range of expertise to draw from. With over 16 years’ experience in psychology and education Sarah specialises in working with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder and Specific Learning Disorders. Sarah is a provider for FaHCSIA’s Helping Children with Autism program. She is able to offer assessments, ongoing interventions, parent training and can liaise with schools to help each child reach their potential.