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-Wednesday and Kensington Thursday-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 Ormond clinic Monday – Wednesday and our Kensington clinic Thursday-Friday.

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 Kensington clinic.

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.

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 Kensington clinic.

ISABELLE BARLOW

Isabelle graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Indonesian), and Master of Speech Pathology. She has worked across multiple settings and is passionate about empowering families with the skills to support their children’s development.

Isabelle has a special interest in supporting children with speech sound difficulties, early literacy development, language delays, and learning difficulties (dyslexia). She has completed the Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ program, for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) with language delay, and the Sounds-Write program, a systematic synthetic phonics program for literacy. Isabelle works at our Ormond clinic.

SARAH MEANEY

Sarah works at our Ormond clinic.

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.

MARIANA LAURETTA

Mariana graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Master of Speech Pathology. Mariana aims to help children, together with their families, reach their full potential through play-based therapy approaches and utilise their strengths to achieve the best outcomes. She has experience working with children and young people across a range of settings, providing evidence-based assessment and intervention tailored to her clients. Mariana works at our Kensington clinic on Wednesday – Saturday.

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.