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.  


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, DIR Floortime, Picture Exchange Communication System and ADOS-2 certified.

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, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), DIR Floortime and is ADOS-2 certified. 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. She 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). 


Andrea is a fully registered occupational therapist who graduated with First Class Honours in Occupational Therapy from the Australian Catholic University. Andrea has presented at conferences including the P3M Symposium and Occupational Therapy Australia Conference. Andrea is trained in ‘Learn to Play’ and ‘DIR/Floortime’. She is passionate about working with children in the areas of sensory processing, play and social skills and fine and gross motor skills. Andrea uses family-centred and strengths based therapy to help children engage in meaningful activities. She is registered to provide services and programs with NDIS, HCWA, Better start and Medicare (Enhanced primary care plans).




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


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.