Ladybug House brings together experienced professionals who specialise in the assessment and treatment of children with developmental delays and disorders, including ASD. Our philosophy is to have all the allied health services for your child under the one roof including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, ABA Therapy, Music Therapy and Paediatric Dietitics.  All therapists are HWCA/Better Start and Medicare Providers.

See the profiles below:

Paediatric Speech Pathologists


Maria is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She trained at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and has been a practicing clinician for many years. She has worked in Paediatrics in a number of settings as a Speech Pathologist, trainer and consultant. Maria has worked in Early Intervention organisations in Melbourne, Sydney, London and at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Mental Health and the hospital’s Communication Clinics. Maria has extensive experience in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). She has also worked as a Supervising Clinician with Speech Pathology undergraduates and Master’s Students at La Trobe University’s Communication Clinic. Through her work at Aspect Sydney, Maria lectured post graduate students in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Singapore.Her passion continues to be working closely with children aged 0- 15 years and their families providing individualised assessment and intervention programs. Her areas of expertise and interest are in ASD, speech and language disorders and delays. She has a variety of experience working with other health professionals, schools, kinders and child care centres.  


Kirsty is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with a number of years experience specializing in early intervention and school aged children. She has worked in Australia and New Zealand. Her experience is vast as it is deep, having worked with a large number of children presenting with a variety of diagnoses and difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Impairment, as well as a range of speech and language disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Kirsty also specialises in diagnosis and treatment of stuttering using the Lidcombe program. Kirsty’s passion is empowering children to communicate to the best of their abilities and help them reach their full potential. 


Lindsay is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.  She studied Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Linguistics at the University of Colorado, and received her Master's Degree from the University of Melbourne.  Lindsay has experience working with children with speech and language delays in both early intervention and community health settings.  She has a passion for working with children who stutter and specialises in the treatment of stuttering using the Lidcombe Program.  Lindsay also has a great interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, providing therapy alongside other allied health professions in social skills groups, and one-on-one with caregivers/teachers in order to help children reach their full communication potential.  She is trained in the Hanen 'It Takes Two to Talk' program and Picture Exchange Communication System.

Lia Paola

Lia is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.  She studied Health Sciences at Latrobe University, and received her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne. Lia is trained in the Hanen 'More Than Words' program and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has experience working with children with speech and language delays in both early intervention and school settings. Lia has experience in the assessment and intervention of speech & articulation, receptive & expressive language and social skills. Lia also has a great passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Erin is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, who has worked with paediatrics for a number of years and across a range of settings. Erin has experience working with preschool aged children in early intervention and community health, and has provided therapy and consultation using a family-first, strength-based approach. She has also worked with children in both mainstream and special education settings, and has provided services as both a direct therapist to the child, and as a consultant to guide staff and parents. Erin has experience working with a variety of diagnoses and difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delay, Stuttering, Hearing Impairment and a range of speech and language delays and disorders. She is a certified provider for the Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program, and an accredited DIRFloortime® provider, which underpins her approach in all aspects of client care. Erin is also ADOS trained. Erin is passionate about looking at each child in the context of their environment (e.g. home, school, or kindergarten), and working alongside their caregivers to enable them to participate to the best of their abilities.

Occupational Therapists


Rachel is a registered Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 5 years of experience in both private and public sector. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (2011) (with Honours) from Salford University, Manchester, U.K following a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies (2007) (with Honours) from Cork University in Ireland and has worked as a paediatric Occupational Therapist in the U.K & Australia. Rachel has worked in early intervention, acute paediatric hospital inpatient and outpatient clinics, kindergarten, mainstream and specialist school settings.

Rachel is passionate about working with children who have difficulties with sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills and attention and concentration skills. Rachel’ is able to offer families and children a wide variety of therapy interventions to help meet each child’s individual functional goals, including Sensory Processing, Therapeutic Listening®, Learning and Behavioural Management and Neuro Developmental Treatment approaches for infants and toddlers. She specialises in working with children with Sensory Processing Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome and Developmental Coordination Disorder.  She is registered to provide services and programs with HCWA, Better start and Medicare (Enhanced primary care plans). 


Claire is a fully registered occupational therapist who qualified at The Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry in 1999. She has worked in both Public and Private sectors and working with children from 6 months old to 16 years old. She gained a Masters in Special Education at Macquarie University, Sydney in 2008, specialising in a contemporary behavioural approach to teaching children with ASD. She has developed education programmes to integrate occupational therapy into the classroom for children with additional needs and provides focused school visits to support staff in enhancing learning opportunities for every child. Claire works across mainstream primary and specialist school settings. She is experienced in administering standardised developmental and motor assessments and is interested in fine motor and handwriting development.  She has clinical experience in implementing the CO-OP approach for school aged children with Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder and in providing sensory modulation programmes to enhance engagement in activities of daily living for younger, pre-school children.




Sandra has extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum.  She is a fully registered psychologist and a provider for FaHCSIA’s Helping Children with Autism program.
Sandra provides behaviour-based early intervention for children with autism and related disabilities using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).  She has a great deal of experience working with children aged between 2 to 14 years. She is able to offer a comprehensive psychology and ABA programs, and her services include designing an individualised program to suit the child’s age and skill level, ongoing supervision, parent training, consulting with schools and helping to support families and therapy teams set up and run home-based programs.

Paediatric Dietitian


Sally has a degree in Science and post graduate diploma in Dietetics. Sally has worked in many fields of Dietetics over her almost 30 year career, including clinical, community, private practise and sports nutrition. Sally’s paediatric dietetics experience includes 5 years at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and more recently 16 years in Early Intervention (EI) and in Private Practice. Working in EI Sally sees clients with a wide range of disabilities and feeding issues including ASD, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrom.  Sally has presented at many conferences for parents and therapists on “Feeding Children with Disabilities” and was on the panel of experts for Autism Victoria. Sally has a special interest in children with limited diets especially those with ASD  and is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) program to treat extreme fussy eating.

Music Therapists


Jo is a Registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association, having completed her Masters in Music Therapy and Bachelor of Music Education.  She is committed to working closely with families to use music to support child development in a motivating and sustainable way, particularly social, emotional and communication skills. In addition to private/HCWA work, Jo has worked at an Early Childhood Intervention Service for four years.  She has experience working in a variety of settings including paediatric hospitals, parenting centres and schools.   Jo has worked regularly in family homes, childcare centres and kindergarten settings with groups and individuals. Jo incorporates strategies identified by other professionals involved with each child and has completed professional training in DIR/Floortime, Picture Exchange (PECS), Neurologic Music Therapy, Learn to Play, Parent-Child Mother Goose, The Strengths Approach and Makaton (key word sign).



Tanya is a Registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association, having completed a Bachelor of Music (Therapy) with honors at The University of Melbourne (1999).  She has a passion for working with children with disabilities and has worked with children with ASD for over 12 years.  Tanya has worked in special schools, including a school for primary school aged children with autism.  She has developed various programs at Arts Centre Melbourne including a program for special schools, community disability groups, an award winning siblings school holiday program (Siblings in Sync), and an early childhood intervention program (Sound Beginnings).  Tanya works with children and their families using music to develop social, emotional and communication skills.  She has supervised a large number of Music Therapy students from The University of Melbourne.