Ritta is a Speech Pathologist and the managing director at Think Say Sing Move Play.
Ritta offers 20 years of experience as a speech pathologist and many years in leadership. She works in partnership with families to meet the needs of children, youth and adults with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
Ritta graduated from La Trobe University with Honours and has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration. She is a certified practicing speech pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Ritta has worked in early intervention, private practice, special schools, community health centres, research projects through La Trobe University and lead projects through Communities for Children, she has also worked in program development and in management.
Ritta is bilingual and often uses her Arabic to connect with many families. Ritta is a caring professional who delivers her therapy with respect and compassion.
Francesca is a Speech Pathologist passionate about working with children and young people with disabilities and delays. She believes in working from a strengths-based perspective, empowering young people to reach their full potential to communicate and participate. This is best achieved by working in respectful partnership with families and services in the wider community.
While raising her own family, she completed a Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2012, building on her training as a Linguist and Publishing Professional. Since graduating Francesca has accumulated 7 years’ experience in the areas of Early Intervention, Hearing Loss and Literacy Intervention.
Francesca has particular expertise in working with children with Autism and is trained in the following programs: DIR Floortime, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Hanen Centre programs, ADOS-2 assessment (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2) and AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication i.e. low-tech and high-tech communication systems). She has worked closely with other disciplines (Occupational Therapists, Specialist Teachers, Music Therapists and Paediatricians) and has knowledge across these areas.
Francesca loves Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse families and speaks languages other than English herself (Russian and French). She believes therapy should be an enjoyable experience for children, tapping into their natural interests and motivations. She brings a creative and resourceful approach to therapy sessions and will celebrate your child reaching their goals alongside you.
Rachel Volbeda holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University and is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Across her 10 years of experience, Rachel has worked in transdisciplinary settings with children with Autism, developmental, speech and language delays. Rachel has a particular interest in using AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) strategies for children who are needing extra support to communicate. She is certified to deliver Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Picture Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) and Key Word Sign. Rachel is also experienced with fussy eating, and is certified to deliver Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS) Approach to Feeding.
As a member of Hanen, Rachel embeds an evidence based approach when working with Children with Language Delays (It Takes Two to Talk), children with Autism (More Than Words), and Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum (Talkability).
Rachel delivers a strengths based service and believes parents and carers are the best teachers for their children. Rachel has a passion for working together with families to achieve their goals, using your child’s interests and routines to get the most out of your time together.
Johnny Farhat holds a Bachelor of Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Disability. Johnny has more than 25 years experience in supporting young people of all abilities.
He worked for 14 years as a social worker and youth leader at an Internationally known SOS children's Villages In Lebanon. His role was to keep families together, provide alternative care when needed, support young people on their path to independence, and advocate for the rights of children. He was a volunteer in the Lebanese Red Cross, supporting families in need during crises.
For the last 7 years Johnny has been working as a disability support worker through DHHS and Home at SCOPE. He has provided care for children and youth with disabilities in respite houses, as well as support for residents in permanent disability housing.
Johnny is compassionate and caring and works with honesty and integrity.
Johnny is fluent in both Arabic and English.