Our Services

Occupational Therapy

Connect the dOTs have been operating in the western suburbs of Melbourne since 2014. Our service is primarily clinic- based service but we also provide outreach services to school, kinder, childcare and home. (more…)

Speech Pathology

Paediatric Speech Pathology has been operating in the western suburbs of Melbourne since 2009. We offer clinic-based services as well as liaising with schools and kindergartens for children with a range of needs. (more…)

Psychology

Psychology at Kids Care Centre provides psychological services and support to young people, and their families across the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Services are provided within the clinic and home settings, as well as liaising with schools and kindergartens. (more…)
We provide assessments and therapy intervention for children up until the age 12 years. When the child outgrows our clinic, we assist with the transition into a more appropriate adolescent or adult focused support service. The types of services we offer include:

* Individual Therapy session: 45-minute face to face visits in our multipurpose clinic * School and Kindergarten liaisons: 1-hour visits in their learning environments * Telehealth sessions: 45-minutes through screen * Group session: targeting social skills, peer to peer interactions

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Make an appointment with a friendly staff member on 0451 699 987 41 Paringa Drive, St. Albans Victoria 3021.

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OUR CORE VALUES

Evidence Based Therapy

All members of the allied health faculty are members of Speech Pathology Australia or the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). These are National Boards that demand all professionals to continue ongoing development and evidence-based learning. This safeguards that the way we work is line with the latest research, is accurate and ensures uniformity between practitioners.

Family Centred Practice and Capacity Building

We are a family centred practice. At the core of all that we do, we uphold the familys experiences, reflections and priorities. From the very primary stage of the journey and every step that follows, we ensure the family is as involved as they choose to be. We understand that upskilling the childs carers is the most effective form of delivering therapy

Inclusive Participatory Practice

Delivering therapy in the clinic is only one important part of delivering intervention. We acknowledge that the child is linked in with other learning environments such as their school, childcare or additional support services. We ensure that all professionals involved are aware of the childs intervention goals as well as how to best implement the strategies into their natural environments.

Collaborative Team-Work Practice

As the Kids Care Centre houses three allied health teams, it is quite common for families to receive services exclusively from our centre. This allows an easier flow of communication between the support services working with your family. Our team meets regularly for professional development, team building and case work. Working collaboratively helps individual team members grow in knowledge, develop a sense of inclusion and community.

Outcomes Based Approach

An outcomes-based approach ensures that intervention has a clear goal and a measurable outcome. When we formally assess a child; the results are compared to normative data. Therapy is then tailored around the outcome of these results. After a period of time, we rescreen the child, to measure progress and identify how much the childs development has improved. We share and celebrate all outcomes. The outcome and method of therapy, then helps us to shape the next block of intervention.

Our Teams

Occupational Therapist

Marina Youssef

Marina has a Bachelor in health Science and Masters in Occupational Therapy degree and enjoys helping children develop their handwriting and motor planning skills and regulate their emotions. Marina learns more about children by visiting schools, kindergarten and childcare centres to complete observations and provide intervention when needed.

Marina is passionate about working with children, their families and teachers to promote participation and engagement in every day activities at home, kinder and school settings.

Principal Occupational Therapist

Alex Chinner

Alex has a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (hons) and has a wide variety of experience working with children in home, clinic, childcare, kindergarten and school settings. Alex has a wealth of knowledge in developmental milestones, therapy and assessments.
Alex is passionate about high quality allied health practice and enjoys teaching children and parents through play.

Principal Speech Pathologist

Natalie Salib

Natalie completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2007 at La Trobe University Bundoora. Over the past 10 years, Natalie has worked in a broad range of paediatric settings including a multidisciplinary team within the Education Department, adopting the Key Worker model in Early Childhood Intervention as well as spent 10 years establishing and growing a thriving private practice.

Therapy Assistant/Provisional Psychologist

Cassandra Nesci

Cassandra completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Psychology, and is now completing the Masters of Psychology at Australian Catholic University. Cassandra is passionate about working with children, their families and their educators within a multidisciplinary team.

She is passionate about providing early intervention in order to promote holistic wellbeing and enable a higher level of functioning within the home, school and social environments.

Occupational Therapist

Carla De Pasquale

Carla has a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (hons). Carla enjoys engaging children through play and recognises the importance of providing children with therapy that is both fun and innovative, to keep them engaged and motivated to achieve their goals. Carla also enjoys working with parents to provide them with the necessary support and education to nurture their childs growth and development. Carla enjoys all aspects of Occupational Therapy, however, has a special interest in developing and enhancing childrens fine and gross motor skills, and building childrens confidence and overall self esteem.

Speech Pathologist

Rachel Borazio

Rachel completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Speech Pathology in 2019 but has also previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology. Rachel enjoys building meaningful relationships with her clients and working with children of varying capacities. Rachel is looking forward to working in partnership with her clients and their parents to help them achieve their goals.

Speech Pathologist

Marisa Tisocco

Marisa completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Speech Pathology in 2018. Marisa enjoys developing rapport with children as well as creating exciting and creative session plans around speech, language and fluency. Marisa enjoys visiting clients at school and kinder to ensure they are achieving their full potential in a range of settings.

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Kids’ Care Centre

The Kids' Care Centre feel like family, there is always a friendly smile to greet us and make us feel like we belong. We feel like all the team members genuinely care and have made the process of intervention with our child a pleasant one. Our family feel like we are always at the center of the planning process and the team always check is to ensure we are participating at a level we feel comfortable and the goals they are working on are important to us. We feel very lucky to have come across this invaluable service!
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