Melissa is passionate about her work and helping to make functional changes to her client’s lives. She enjoys providing a fun environment and integrating sensory input to help clients get the most out of their sessions. She takes a holistic family-centred approach, and works collaboratively with caregivers, and other professionals to ensure consistent input across all environments.
Melissa completed her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. She is registered with Speech Pathology Australia and has also practiced in the UK, US, and in Singapore.
Melissa has worked extensively with children with speech, fluency, and language disorders, children with dysphagia, and fussy eaters, children with disabilities, down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder. She has also worked with adults with disabilities.
Melissa is enthusiastic about ongoing professional development. She is trained in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) and the Get Permission Approaches to Feeding, the ReST program, the Nuffield program, and DTTC for working with children with childhood apraxia of speech, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, and Talkability programs, the Lidcombe Program, she has trained as a Key Word Sign presenter, and is extensively experienced in low-tech and high-tech AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) including Proloquo2Go and PECS. Melissa holds the skills to effectively use a variety of assessment tools, including the ADOS-2 to conduct thorough assessments for autism. In situations requiring a multidisciplinary approach, the allied health team leaders can deliver comprehensive assessments.
Melissa loves cooking and travelling and spending time with her friends and family.