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Each school holidays Melbourne Child Development offers a variety of programs for children to engage with their peers and work on similar communication goals in a unique group environment with the specialised guidance of our speech pathologists.

In response to family enquiries we are excited to announce that in addition to our regular social skills programs for children aged 3-7 years we will offer:
  • Hanging Out - for upper primary school students transitioning to secondary school (Learn more)
  • Ready for Reading - for Preschool children transitioning to school (Learn more)
We will also be running our regular Playing With Friends social skills groups during the January school holidays.
Our next group of Secret Agent Society cadets will be joining forces in February 2018 and the team at Melbourne Child Development are busy preparing for start of the program next year.

Join us on Wednesday December 13th 2017 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm for our obligation free information session 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.
In response to your feedback and with the objective of meeting the needs of more of our families, we will be extending our hours of operation in 2018 to offer more appointment times outside of school and work hours.

To achieve this, our clinicians will be working a combinations of shifts that will include:
  • 8.00am - 3.30pm
  • 11.00am - 6.30pm
With these changes, it could mean that your current appointment time may need to be rescheduled. Please speak with Georgie or Marietha at reception for more information and to nominate your preferences for 2018 appointment times for your child.
Each year Speech Pathology Australia conducts the Book of the Year awards, and the winners for 2018 have just been announced in time for Christmas and the summer school holidays.

Speech Pathology Australia aims to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills.

This year's winners are:
  • Indigenous childrenMad Magpie by Gregg Dreise (Illustrations by Gregg Dreise)
  • Birth to 3 yearsNoisy Nature by Mandy A Kuhne (Illustrations by Alex Kuhne)
  • Three to 5 years: Me and You by Deborah Kelly (Illustrated by Karen Blair)
  • Five to 8 yearsSomewhere Else by Gus Gordon (Illustrations by Gus Gordon)
  • Eight to 10 yearsArtie and the Grime Wave by RIchard Roxburgh (Illustrations by Richard Roxburgh).

Learn more about this year's winners here.
Psychology author, education consultant, and English media personality Tony Buzan is the mastermind behind the powerful concept of mind mapping, a graphic technique used to depict information in a way that best harnesses the full range of our brain power, using words, numbers, colours, and spatial awareness, just to name a few.

Our Speech Pathologists frequently use mind maps to help children understand complex topics, preferring to use this approach over traditional approaches to learning as they improve a child's engagement and interest on a topic, in turn enhancing their memory and retention of information.

Learn more about mind maps, their countless benefits, and how to get started

Melbourne Child Development does not receive any commercial benefits from the recommendation of this resource.
In 2018 we are extending our operating hours to provide more flexibility and opportunity for families. Therefore, we are expanding our client services team.

We are seeking two vibrant, friendly and professional people that enjoy working with children and families to join our multi-disciplinary clinical team and our three administrative staff based at our Practice rooms in Box Hill South.

This is a unique opportunity for the right people to join our dynamic team and build their hours as the practice extends its operating hours. Morning and afternoon start times, as well as Saturdays offers flexibility. 

The full job description can be found here. Please contact our Practice Manager Emily for more information.
Melbourne Child Development is excited to announce that the Practice will be offering Naturopathy consultations starting in February 2018. By continuing to expand the range of services available at the Practice, we are working towards our mission to deliver a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team to children and their families.

Naturopath Georgie Stephen is thrilled to be joining the clinical team at MCD and is looking forward to collaborating with children, parents, and other health professionals to investigate and facilitate pathways to optimal health and well being for families. 

Read more about Naturopathy and Georgie here.
For more information on any of the above programs or articles, please contact Marietha or Georgie at reception on (03) 9890 1062 or via email at

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