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

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- Friday.

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  Kensington clinic Wednesday – Thursday.

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 has seen the benefit of working via Telehealth with a range of families. Alyssa believes that Telehealth can offer unique benefits as she is able to see the child in their own environment. She has seen that child is often more comfortable during sessions, and that parents can more readily implement suggested strategies in their daily routines. Alyssa works remotely via telehealth only on Mondays and Thursdays.

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 Kensington clinic on Monday to Wednesdays.

ZARIN CENNA

Zarin Cenna graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2018. She is passionate about working with children with a range of diagnosis and backgrounds, and strives to deliver holistic care by establishing clear communication with families and other disciplines. Since graduating Zarin has a particular interest and flair for involving artistic and creative elements in her therapy coming from her background as an artist. She is also fluent in the Bangla language and able to apply this if ever needed. She has worked in a number of settings since graduating, including private practice, school, home and clinic, and is now based in clinic. Zarin works to tailor each session in a manner that is appropriate and effective for each individual child to allow for the best outcome possible. She works Tuesday to Saturday at our Ormond clinic.

ROSE HO

Rose graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Speech Pathology. Rose aims to maximise each child’s confidence and communication skills by providing evidence-based therapy tailored to their interests and strengths, and at the same time working collaboratively with the child’s family and all the important people involved. Fluent in both English and Vietnamese, Rose is able to work closely with culturally and linguistically diverse clients and their families to ensure a holistic care is provided. Rose is committed to ongoing professional learning to help her clients achieve their full potential, as she believes that the ability to communicate plays a crucial role in making moments memorable for everyone. Rose is based at our Kensington clinic.

APRIL JONES

April works at our Ormond clinic on Saturdays.

TAHLIA CRUPI

Tahlia graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2019. She is passionate about supporting communication access within a paediatric population. She is also an advocate for empowering families with the knowledge about how to best support their children to meet their communication and swallowing milestones.
Tahlia has a range of experience in assessing and providing therapy in the areas of Speech, Language, Literacy, Social Skills and Learning Difficulties. Tahlia has a special interest working with children who are late to talk, are having difficulties with their speech sounds and have feeding difficulties.
In 2021, Tahlia will be undertaking further study to develop her  interests in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, particularly to understand the impact mental health has on Mealtimes.
Tahlia works at our Kensington clinic Tuesday-Thursday.

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Masters of Speech Pathology. She also completed her first Masters of Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment at Flinders University. Phuong has a strong passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder although she has experience supporting individuals across the life spans with a range of speech, language and social communication difficulties. Phuong is trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Being fluent in both English and Vietnamese has been one of Phuong‘s strengths in building great rapport with the child and their family. Phuong is committed to working collaboratively with families and empowering children to reach their full communication potential. Phuong works at our Kensington clinic.

Katie Mulholland

Katie works at our Ormond clinic on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.