Sensational Kids’ speech therapists work with children of all ages and their families to develop children’s communication and swallowing skills and supporting them to achieve their potential.  Our skilled speech therapists use a range of evidence-based approaches, including Floortime and SOS Feeding to promote speech, language, swallowing and social skills for children.  Our speech team value the importance of making sessions fun and enjoyable for children and their families and enjoy seeing children grow and develop their unique potential.

Speech Therapists
Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Kelly graduated from City University in 2008 and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in London before moving to Melbourne in 2014.  Kelly has experience of working in a wide variety of settings including kindergartens, childrens centers, community clinics, mainstream schools, a special needs school and client’s homes. Kelly has a passion for working with young children with speech and language delays, social skills difficulties, complex needs and feeding difficulties.Kelly is trained in DIR-Floortime, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), SOS Feeding programme, Lidcombe Therapy for Stuttering and THRASS. She is able to provide dysphagia assessments and recommendations for infants and children with suspected chewing and swallowing difficulties. Kelly believes in a playful approach to therapy and likes to encourage families to participate in her sessions to enable them to feel confident about how to help their child at home.

 

Joellee Nicholas

Joellee Nicholas

Joellee graduated from Curtin University (Perth, WA) with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology). She has worked across multiple settings such as primary and secondary school, Child Protection Services and private practice. Joellee has a special interest in working with children who are late to talk, difficulties with speech sounds, social skills and children who have a diagnosis of Autism. Joellee provides a play based approach to therapy and enjoys supporting families to continue their improvements outside the clinic. Joellee works at Ormond Monday-Wednesday and Moonee Ponds Thursday-Friday.
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Philippa Brown

Philippa graduated from The University of Manchester (UK) with a first class honors in clinical practice. Since then she has worked across a range of settings including early year clinics, mainstream primary and secondary schools, and specialist schools. She has a special interest in working with young children who are late talkers and children who have autism. She is passionate about working together with parents to achieve the best outcomes for their children. Philippa works at our Ormond clinic Monday – Wednesday and our Moonee Ponds clinic Thursday-Friday.

 

Chloe Barr

Chloe Barr

Chloe graduated from La Trobe University with a double degree; Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Speech Pathology. Chloe has a passion for working with children in all areas, with a particular special interest in fluency, disability and language delay. Chloe has completed the following training; Lidcombe Program, Camperdown Program, Adolescent stuttering and DIR-Floortime. Chloe works at our Ormond site.

 

Alyssa

Alyssa Murray

Alyssa graduated from LaTrobe University in 2005 and is passionate about working with children with developmental difficulties and their families. Alyssa has extensive experience using a DIR Floortime therapy approach in her work, receiving her “Expert DIR Practitioner and Training Leader” certification through ICDL (the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning) in 2014. Alyssa has also undergone training in the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk early language program, the Social Stories (TM) approach, the THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading And Spelling Skills) approach to literacy, and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding. Alyssa feels strongly about empowering caregivers to best understand their child’s challenges and support their child’s development. Alyssa works at our Moonee Ponds clinic.

 

Jessica D'Cruz

Jessica D’Cruz

Jess graduated from La Trobe University (Melbourne) with a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Masters of Speech Pathology. Since graduating, she has worked within special school and early intervention settings which has developed her understanding of the importance in working together with key people within a child’s life to achieve successful outcomes. Jess has a passion for working with children with disabilities, language delays and feeding difficulties.  She continues to enjoy using a play based approach to therapy and developing key caregiver’s understanding of their child’s communication and feeding skills and ways they can promote skill development within everyday activities and routines. Jess works at our Moonee Ponds clinic on Monday to Wednesdays.

Alicia Romeo

Alicia Romeo

Alicia graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Alicia is very committed and passionate about supporting children and involving their families to enable the best therapy outcomes for each child. Alicia has a range of experience in assessing and providing therapy in the areas of paediatric speech, language, literacy, social and learning difficulties. Alicia continually ensures that she is providing evidence-based therapies through attending workshops and staying up to date with research. She has completed the Hanen ‘More Than Words’ program, which emphasises the importance of social communication and play skills for language development. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community health centres, primary schools, hospitals, private practices and within the home setting.

Alicia strives to make each session engaging and enjoyable, as she believes that this is a fundamental aspect to improve outcomes for each child. Alicia works at our Moonee Ponds clinic.
Isabelle Barlow

Isabelle Barlow

Isabelle works at our Ormond clinic.

Sarah Meaney

Sarah Meaney

Sarah works at our Ormond clinic.