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.
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.
Morgan works collaboratively with children, young people and their families to empower them to create positive change and reach their potential. Morgan’s therapeutic approach is eclectic, holistic and culturally sensitive. This is to ensure that each individual client is supported in a way that highlights their strengths and best suits their needs and goals. She provides assessment and therapy and is an accredited Triple P Positive Parenting Program Facilitator. Morgan has worked with clients across multiple settings including education, health, care and protection and not-for-profit sectors. She has experience working with a range of client needs including developmental disorders (e.g. Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). She has additional experience with mental health such as Anxiety (e.g. Selective Mutism) and Depression, as well as emotional and behavioural difficulties. Her special interests also include trauma, attachment, building parenting capacity and foster care.
Evelyn provides support for educational concerns and social-emotional development through assessment and therapy. She has a special interest in children’s attachment to their parents, completing a PhD in this area. Other areas of interest include learning difficulties, relationship conflict, parenting concerns and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Evelyn has experience working with children and their families during infancy, toddlerhood, primary school and high school. Warm and approachable by nature, Evelyn collaborates with families to move in the direction they would like to go and provides a safe and secure space to work through challenges.
Erin has experience working with children with behavioural difficulties and developmental delays as well as a wealth of experience providing support to children on the Autism Spectrum. She enjoys collaborating with parents and engaging with support systems surrounding the child in order to achieve the best outcomes. Erin is a flexible and fun clinician that believes in change and is passionate about well-being. She utilises a variety of evidence-based practices as well as offering cognitive and educational assessments in order to better understand difficulties and maximise a child’s learning potential. Her interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, learning difficulties, obsessive-compulsive disorder, parenting support and capacity building.
Ashlee has worked in multiple settings including education, health and private practice. She has experience working with children, adolescents and families. Ashlee provides support for a range of client needs through assessment and therapy including educational concerns, anxiety, OCD, depression, and behavioural difficulties. She has a special interest in adolescent resilience and well-being, completing a PhD in this area. Ashlee is passionate about working collaboratively with families and other professionals to manage difficulties, build resilience and reach client goals. Furthermore, Ashlee regards the therapeutic relationship as a fundamental aspect of therapy and always strives to create a safe, nurturing and fun environment for her clients.
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.
Diana has been a Speech Pathologist for 22 years, working in both the United Kingdom and Australia. She has always worked with children and loves the variety and challenges that this provides. Diana has a particular interest in early language development and working with families in the early years. She also has extensive experience working with a range of ages and difficulties, including speech and language delay, ASD, special needs and phonological and articulation disorders. Diana is committed to the families she works with and always aims to provide the best support possible to help move them forward in their lives. She particularly enjoys building positive relationships with the families that she works with.
Fiona O Donnell
Fiona completed her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from Ireland in 2012 and has since worked predominantly with preschool and school age children. Fiona has a wealth of experience in all areas of paediatric development such as developmental delays/disorders, motor disorders, dysfluency and working within the disability space. Most recently Fiona has returned from a lecturing appointment at the University of Limerick in Ireland, teaching Masters students on the speech and language therapy programme. Fiona utilises the best practice principles of early childhood learning to implement a family centred approach to therapy. Fiona supports and builds the capacity of parents/caregivers to facilitate optimal functional outcomes for each individual child. Fiona is experienced in using evidence based intervention programs to guide her practice in implementing client centred individualised treatment plans. She incorporates a multi-modal approach to supporting communication skills that encompasses all aspects of communication from verbal to picture based to gesture.
Brigette enjoys working with preschool and school-aged children with a range of communication difficulties. She has a particular interest in the areas of language development, articulation, social communication, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brigette has experience working with children across school and private practice settings. Brigette enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and their families to provide a fun, engaging and interactive therapy environment. She is passionate about helping children to reach their goals and enjoys celebrating the little wins along the way.
Tarryn is a fun, knowledgeable and highly motivated Occupational Therapist with over 9 years of experience in providing therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing difficulties, fine and gross motor difficulties, independence with self-care skills, social skills development, attention and problem solving difficulties, as well as supporting families with positive behaviour management strategies. Tarryn has worked extensively in paediatrics within a multi-disciplinary setting, including mainstream schools, special developmental schools and in private practice. She enjoys using a variety of specialised therapy models to compliment her traditional therapy approaches with her clients and it is through the combined use of these approaches that Tarryn achieves positive outcomes for the children and families she works with. She thoroughly enjoys witnessing children achieve their goals and increasing their self-confidence and independence.
Through many years of working with children and adults with a variety of conditions and disabilities, Stephanie has found her passion working with children aged 2-18 who face challenges across many areas of their life. Stephanie has extensive experience working with children who face challenges in self regulation and emotional resilience, sensory processing, executive functioning, attention and concentration, social skills, relationships and building independence in everyday self care skills. Stephanie places a very high value on learning a wide range of evidence based approaches to ensure she can deliver the best practice to all clients in order to achieve optimal results. Stephanie’s first priority for therapy is to ensure she sees the world from your child’s perspective and that she understands their individual personalities so she can tailor each therapy session to suit each child. Stephanie’s favourite part of her role is seeing the big smiles on children’s faces when they achieve goals!
Dayna has a passion for working within paediatrics and children with Autism. Dayna has experience providing therapy in schools, kindergarten and other community settings. She enjoys working with children and families on goals that are meaningful to the child and also practical for the families from learning to tie shoelaces to social exchange within a shop. Dayna believes in incorporating the goals and therapy into fun innovative ways to make learning fun and meaningful.