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Our next group of Secret Agent Society cadets will be joining forces in August 2018 and the team at Melbourne Child Development are busy enrolling new recruits!

Join us on Wednesday May 30th 2018 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm for our obligation free information evening to learn more about this espionage themed program for social and emotional skill training for 8-12 year olds.

Come along and speak to the Speech Pathologists who facilitate the group, and understand how your child may benefit from strategies for managing strong emotions and upgrading their social skills toolbox.

Learn more about the program here or contact our team at reception to register your interest. RSVP's are essential.
We are pleased to announce that Liselle Grant has been promoted to Senior Speech Pathologist at Melbourne Child Development in recognition of her knowledge, experience, family centred approach and mentoring. Congratulations Liselle.

We would also like to congratulate Liselle on receiving the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) Award for Excellence in “recognition of outstanding ability in academic studies and teaching practice”. This awesome award was presented to Liselle in February by Christine Ure, Head of School of Education at Deakin University. Liselle is currently completing a Masters in Teaching at Deakin University to expand her knowledge about child development and the factors that facilitate childhood learning. We are all so proud of Liselle, and we look forward to supporting her as she continues her education journey. 
Melbourne Child Development is excited to announce that we now offer Naturopathy consultations! Naturopaths employ an evidence-based medicine model to help treat many different body systems and a variety of conditions, ranging from acute to chronic presentations. Naturopathy is an excellent health care option for helping children, adolescents, and their families achieve a greater state of physical and mental wellbeing. 

Naturopath Georgie Stephen is thrilled to be joining the clinical team at MCD. Georgie is a fierce advocate for personalised healthcare and understands that the best healthcare results are obtained when treatment plans are uniquely tailored to the individual. Georgie is looking forward to collaborating with children, parents, and other health professionals to investigate and facilitate pathways to optimal health for families. 

Read more about Naturopathy and Georgie here, or contact our team at reception to book your initial Naturopathy consultation.
We are thrilled to introduce our newest Speech Pathologist Genevieve Ward. Genevieve is a friendly and engaging clinician who adores working with children and providing evidence-based speech pathology services. Genevieve strives to keep therapy fun whilst providing parents with education to enrich her sessions. Genevieve previously worked as an Early Childhood Educator for 5 years whilst undertaking her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, and most recently worked within another large private practice in the Northern suburbs where she worked closely with Occupational Therapists. Welcome to the MCD team, Genevieve! 

Read more about Genevieve and her areas of interest here.
I think my child is stuttering! What should I do?
If you think your child is stuttering, you are most likely right! Stuttering is common and usually starts between the ages of 2 and 4. Onset may be gradual or sudden. There is currently no known cause of stuttering but the research suggests that there may be a genetic link. Stuttering is regarded as being a physical disorder, and is not caused by psychological factors or parenting practices. Stuttering impacts on a child’s communication, and often their emotional well-being, so it is important to commence immediate intervention to prevent long-term effects.

Your first step is to make a phone call to a Speech Pathologist. They will ask questions about the onset, characteristics, patterns and severity of your child’s stutter. In most cases a formal assessment will be recommended, so that the Speech Pathologist is able to observe your child talking, listening and playing, in order to obtain a broader communication profile and determine the best intervention approach.

If you would like more information about stuttering and evidence-based treatment approaches for children of different ages, please refer to the University of Sydney’s Australian Stuttering Research Centre website or ring Melbourne Child Development and ask to speak to a Speech Pathologist. 

Crayon Rocks are fun crayons designed to encourage children to use the correct pencil grip required for handwriting. Originally created by teacher Barbara Lee in collaboration with Ocupational Therapist Jan Olsen, Crayon Rocks place a child's fingers in the correct position for the tripod grip, and with use they can teach the pencil grip, strengthen finger and hand muscles, and improve overall fine motor development. 

Crayon Rocks are made in the USA from Kosher soy wax. The wax is then combined with natural mineral pigments to create the wonderful colours available. Crayon rocks are non-toxic, so they're a good choice for children who are sensitive to the chemicals often present in the typical crayons available on the market. 

Crayon Rocks can be implemented into your Speech Therapy in a number of ways. Whether it is writing out specific words your child is working on, having them listen to your instructions and draw them, or drawing different concepts or mind maps, or simply drawing to communicate, Crayon Rocks can be used to achieve speech or language speech therapy goals while also improving your child's  grip. 

Click here to learn more about Crayon Rocks.

Please note: Melbourne Child Development is in no way affiliated with Crayon Rocks and we did not receive any financial incentive to promote this resource (we just love them!)
For more information on any of the above programs or articles, please contact Natasha or Tara at reception on (03) 9890 1062 or via email at

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