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Ritta Assaad

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.

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Rachel Volbeda

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.

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Johnny Farhat

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. 

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Marie Olsson

My name is Marie and I am a fun, playful and engaging specialist teacher with a knack for motivating children. I love to help families help their children and do this by supporting you to find information, services, supports and to develop new ways to work towards your goals at home.

 

My skill is to help children who are having difficulties to get along with  others, express and manage their feelings, and develop their play and learning abilities. I have worked as a Key Worker alongside Speech
Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists for many years, and have experience helping children develop their communication skills, daily living skills and participation in activities.

 

I have a special interest in helping children who have challenging behaviour learn different ways to have their needs met. I am passionate about inclusion for all children and can support education and community settings to make changes that help children of all abilities to participate and belong.

I love animals, growing things in the garden and reading books. One day I would like to travel the world and take beautiful pictures with my partner and three girls.

Melissa Georgiou

Melissa holds a bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice and is passionate about supporting children and their families to achieve their goals. Since graduating in 2014 she has worked in community health, early childhood intervention and specialist school settings.

 

Melissa has experience supporting children and their families to meet their goals in a variety of areas including fine and gross motor skills, sensory regulation, emotional regulation, managing routines, and self-care. Melissa utilises a collaborative family-centred and strengths based approach, and believes that every child can succeed.

 

Melissa has a particular passion for supporting children with sensory and emotional regulation challenges. She has completed training in administering and interpreting the Sensory Profile 2 assessment, as well as implementing the Alert Program and Zones of Regulation.

 

Melissa has experience running therapy programs for groups and individuals and believes that a fun approach to therapy for both children and their carers is key to success.

Alexandra McGill

Alex holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Bachelor of Health Sciences and is currently completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice. Alex is passionate about helping children and families by supporting their needs and goals through meaningful and everyday activities. 

 

Alex has experience working in childcare centers, primary schools, education programs and therapeutic child development clinics. She has volunteered overseas to help children of all ages learn and develop their skills and further advocated for a child's rights in childcare settings. She has experience working with clients individually and in group settings to best suit their goals.

 

Alex enjoys working as a team with the families and creating a positive experience for everyone involved.

Emily Lutton

Emily is in her final year of a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. She is passionate about working with children of all ages and abilities which is what drove her to pursue studies in this field. She has a keen interest in all things relating to language and is also in her final year of a Diploma in Languages, majoring in French Advanced.

Emily has had previous experience working with children across a number of volunteer roles. She was involved in the implementation of a sporting program at a special developmental school which saw her work closely with staff to facilitate the children’s engagement and participation. She also participated in an online program which sought to improve the literacy skills of refugees in Malaysia through one-on-one reading sessions over Skype. In addition to this and prior to commencing with Think Say Sing Move Play, Emily was employed as a disability support worker caring for adults chronically dependant on mechanical ventilation.

Upon graduation at the end of 2022, Emily aspires to pursue a career as a paediatric speech pathologist working with children and their families to enhance their language, speech, and all additional facets of childhood development.

Margaret Clancy

Margaret Clancy is passionate about working with young autistic children and their families. Margaret has extensive experience in working closely with children and families. Over many years she has provided both individual and group opportunities to enable these children and their parents to better understand the world of Autism and assist parents to manage the often challenging behaviours their child might exhibit.

 

For the last 6 years, Margaret has facilitated the "Early Days" program of workshops for Amaze, the peak body for Autism in Victoria.

 

Margaret will be available to assist families with their knowledge of Autism, it's impact on their child and also behavioural issues.