Our enthusiastic team of Speech therapists offer a broad range of specialist skills, including early intervention, school based therapy and the treatment of Autism Spectrum Condition.
In addition, the clinicians are able to draw on experience gained in formal research, professional work undertaken overseas and in numerous community settings. Many clinicians also have valuable experience as parents.
All Clinicians are members of Speech Pathology Australia and are enrolled in the Professional Self Regulation Program.
Melvin Speech Pathology is a well resourced and family friendly clinic where all clinicians are passionate about helping children.
Mardi L Melvin has over 30 years experience working with children and their families, including 9 years at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, where she worked on assessment teams in both the Department of Psychiatry and at the Uncle Bob's Developmental Assessment Centre. She was also involved with the clinical teaching of undergraduate Speech Pathologists and nursing staff.
She established Melvin Speech Pathology more than 20 years ago and has developed strong working links with local specialists, Early Intervention Teams, schools and kindergartens.
Her special interests include the assessment and treatment of pre-school children with speech and language difficulties and the assessment of children with Autism Condition. Mardi also runs the Hanen More than Words program at the clinic. This parent training program has been designed to help parents interact with their children during daily activities and to facilitate play and language development.
After 30 years she remains passionate about her chosen profession and enjoys the privilege of being involved with clients and their families.
Sinéad Ryan assesses, diagnoses and provides therapy for children with a wide range of communication difficulties at the clinic. Sinead has a special interest in diagnosing and providing therapy for children with Specific Speech and Language Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Sinéad trained at The University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland where she graduated with First Class Honours in Clinical Speech and Language Studies with a number of academic awards. She has worked in a range of paediatric services in both the Irish and Australian public health care systems. She also has a keen interest in the academic field and has presented her own research at national conferences and study days.
In addition to individual therapy, Sinéad also conducts social skills groups, assists in team assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and provides an outreach service at a local primary school.
Sinéad has a passion for implementing holistic interventions for the children and families she works with, and considers a strong partnership with parents to be the foundation to successful therapy.
Sophie Lacey is involved with assessment, diagnosis and therapy for children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties.
Sophie trained at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree of Health Science and Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. She has previously worked in private practice and primary schools across Melbourne.
Sophie has a keen interest in childhood stuttering and preschool language development. She is trained in the Lidcombe program, an internationally recognised Australian designed program for children who stutter. She is also trained in the Hanen program It Takes Two to Talk, a hands-on, parent focused training program for young children with language difficulties.
Sophie conducts one to one therapy as well as group sessions. She is part of the Hanen More than Words program for parents and also conducts social skills groups for preschool and school aged children at the clinic.
Jessie Lim trained at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree of Health Science and Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.
She is passionate about working with children of all ages and capabilities, and has a special interest in speech and language delays, literacy and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Prior to joining the team at Melvin Speech Pathology, Jessie worked in private clinics with varied and complex caseloads, specialising in literacy, specific learning impairments as well as speech and language disorders. She has also had experience working in primary and secondary school settings and has volunteered for multiple disability organisations.