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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.

The Team

  • Mardi MelvinMardi 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 25 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 Spectrum Disorder. Mardi also runs the Hanen "More than Words" program at the clinic in Camberwell. This parent training program has been designed to help parents interact with their children during daily activities and to facilitate play and language development. She is also Hanen Certified to teach the "It Takes Two to Talk" and "Talkability" programs. Her own parenting experiences are a valuable addition to understanding and supporting parents in these programs.

    After 30 years she remains passionate about her chosen profession and enjoys the privilege of being involved with clients and their families.

  • Sophie LaceySophie Lacey is a clinical supervisor at the clinic. She is involved in assessment, diagnosis and therapy of children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties.

    She trained at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. She has previously worked in private practice and primary schools across Melbourne.

    Sophie has a keen interest in working with pre-school children and their families, providing child-centred therapy with holistic family focus.

    She is a Hanen Certified clinician trained in the "It Takes Two to Talk" and "More than Words" programs and runs these programs regularly throughout the year at the clinic in Camberwell.

    She is experienced in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and the treatment of Developmental Language Disorders.

    In addition to her clinical work Sophie is involved in offering Speech Pathology services to a local primary school and conducts group therapy programs at the clinic for a variety of language, fluency and social communication needs.

  • Jessie LimJessie Lim trained at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree of Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.

    She is passionate about working with children and students of all ages and capabilities, and aims to develop sessions that are creative and engaging. Jessie has also had experience working in secondary schools, conducting kindergarten screenings, adolescent fluency and has volunteered for multiple disability organisations. She is particularly interested in speech and language delays/disorders from preschool to adolescence, literacy and social communication. 

    Jessie conducts assessment and therapy within the clinic and school setting. She is Groups Coordinator at Melvin Speech Pathology and runs groups targeting social skills, school readiness and language.

  • Monique McCarthyMonique McCarthy is involved in development individualised interventions and strategies to assist children with speech and language difficulties, and their families.

    After graduating as a Speech Pathologist from La Trobe University, Monique spent time in the public Primary School sector, assisting students with a range of communication difficulties including, those who had delays in speech language development and those who had a specific language disorder. In addition, Monique also developed training for teaching staff to provide them with the strategies and techniques that enabled them to communicate more effectively with identified students in the general classroom setting.

    Monique is trained in the Lidcombe Program, an internationally recognised, Australian-designed program for children who stutter.

    Monique has a passion for working with children and she works with them both individually and in groups, eg social skills and school readiness groups. She is interested in the areas of sound development, early literacy skills and stuttering/dysfluency. Monique is also involved with our preschool screen program.

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