Here at Kids At Max we believe in kids reaching their maximum potential. We’re for happy and free kids, whoever they are and whatever their needs. We offer psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy and education services for children and adolescents between 2-18 years of age. We bring our experience and energy to deliver evidence based counselling, therapy and assessment and provide family-centred support and practical tools that will empower kids to be as happy and free as they can be.
Our mission is to provide kids and families with a high quality professional service that supports their ongoing development and equips them to be the best they can be. To do this, we believe in working from a strengths based perspective where we acknowledge and encourage a child’s unique abilities. We work with the child and their family to develop skills to support them to succeed socially, emotionally and behaviourally.
Kids At Max is located in Melbourne. Our office is at 689 Centre Road, Bentleigh East. To make an appointment, or to get more information about the services we offer, please call us for a friendly chat on 03 9702 4447.
Anthony brings his energy, humour and friendly approach when working alongside children and families and in leading the team at Kids At Max. He is a registered teacher with 10 years experience working in private and public primary schools. Anthony is passionate about creating environments where kids feel relaxed, have fun and enjoy their learning experience.
Nicola leads the team at Kids At Max and is a Psychologist who has supported children, adolescents and families in her work in the private practice sector, schools and community agencies. She is passionate about kids and families thriving. Nicola believes that all kids can be supported to reach their potential, to develop skills to handle life’s challenges and to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
Sarah has experience working collaboratively with young people and their families in kindergartens, schools, homes, hospitals and private clinics. Sarah sees children and parents with a wide variety of concerns including anxiety, emotional issues, tics and Tourette syndrome, social difficulties and problem behaviours. She is also an experienced diagnostician in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and Learning Disabilities and offers ongoing support to families. She is a provider of 1-2- 3 Magic Emotion Coaching for Parents. Sarah loves engaging her young clients with sensitivity, enthusiasm, warmth, creativity, and play.
Jasmine offers both assessment and therapy in her work with young people. She adopts an eclectic approach in therapy to suit the individual needs of clients she works with and is experienced in a range of approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Integrative Play Therapy. She has a strong interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. Moreover, Jasmine is multilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay and Japanese) and her multicultural awareness allows her to offer culturally sensitive support to her clients from diverse cultures. Jasmine has previously worked as an early childhood teacher registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
Lena offers support for educational and developmental concerns such as Autism, ADHD, ODD, learning difficulties, assessments and counselling. She has worked in a variety of public and private settings including schools, hospitals, government organisations and assessment and counselling centres which has given her many opportunities to liaise with families, professionals and individuals from all walks of life. She loves engaging with children, adolescents and individuals with special needs. Lena is an advocate for mental health issues and is passionate about addressing some of the stigmas surrounding mental health. She believes that every young person should be given the opportunity to thrive in their environment. Being a mum of three children has helped her understand some of the challenges that young families experience today.
Kerry has extensive experience working collaboratively with children, adolescents and their families across several settings including childcare centres, kindergartens, schools and private practice. She enjoys working with other professionals within a multi-disciplinary team to best assist her individual clients. Kerry provides individualised support through counselling, intervention and assessment for educational and developmental concerns including Autism, ADHD, OCD, learning and behavioural difficulties. She has a strong belief that everyone has the right to reach their full potential and deserves to live an enjoyable, fulfilling and happy life within their community. Kerry is a mother of three children and is understanding of both the enjoyment and demands involved in family life.
Felicity provides support for clients with educational and developmental concerns. Her experience working with children at the kindergarten, primary school and high school levels allows her to treat a broad range of issues. Her special interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, social and emotional development, learning difficulties and anxiety. Felicity uses a range of therapeutic techniques to engage her clients and identify and build upon their strengths. She is passionate about working collaboratively with parents and other professionals so that everyone is working towards the same shared goals.
Kareena is passionate about creating a fun and functional therapy environment for children of all ages. She has experience working with children and teenagers presenting with articulation, language, play, voice and social communication difficulties. Kareena also has a keen interest in working with children and adults presenting with swallowing and eating difficulties and tailors all therapy using a family centered approach to achieve the best possible outcomes. Kareena also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.
Jenna is passionate about working with preschool and school-aged children presenting with a range of speech, language and literacy difficulties. She has experience in the assessment and management of speech and language delays and has experience working with children presenting with Autisim Spectrum Disorder. Jenna brings enthusiasm and passion to her work with children and facilitates her therapy in a fun and engaging environment giving every child the opportunity to succeed.
Tanya Van Prooyen
Tanya is passionate and committed to working with children with a broad range of communication difficulties. She enjoys providing interactive, play-based therapy and has experience assessing and managing speech, language and social skills with children of all ages. Tanya is passionate about empowering families to best support their child’s communicative success and enjoys helping children and families achieve their communication goals.
Kristina is passionate about working with children and young people to enable them to participate in activities that are important and meaningful to them. Through a creative and personalised approach, Kristina aims to help children engage more effectively at home, kindergarten, school and in social situations. She recognises that all children have their own unique preferences, interests and strengths and she strives to incorporate these into therapy. Kristina also believes families are integral to a child’s treatment and is dedicated to working collaboratively with them.
Tanya has been working with children and adolescents as a registered teacher for over 10 years. As an occupational therapist, she is passionate about supporting children to engage in meaningful occupations, whether it be at kindergarten, school or at home. She is enthusiastic about utilising the strengths of her clients during sessions in an engaging and supportive environment. Tanya uses a client centered approach to therapy which incorporates working collaboratively with families to best support achieving their individual goals.
Rikki has an approachable and engaging personality that she brings to Kids At Max. She has worked for several years in customer service and is passionate about providing exceptional service for families. Rikki is keen to ensure that the overall experience for children and parents that receive support from Kids At Max is positive and rewarding.
Hayley has a friendly and compassionate approach when working with children and families at Kids At Max. Through her volunteer work, she has gained valuable experience working with children and families. Hayley is passionate about helping others and hopes to help families in any way that she can to make their experience at Kids At Max enjoyable.