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Early Start Australia | QLD | Ashmore provides Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology services to children and adults (birth to 18 years).

We have been providing quality therapy services to the Gold Coast region and Northern NSW since 2013. Our services are delivered in our clinic, via Telehealth and offer mobile services at childcare, pre-school, school or in a home setting.

We have a strong early intervention program incorporating use of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for intensive early intervention with children aged 12 to 48 months. ESDM integrates a relationship-focused play -based, skill attainment-focused developmental model to provide an effective program for young children and their families.

Our team are committed to helping develop children and adolescent’s life skills to enable them to participate in daily activities to the best of their ability and achieve their goals.

For more information or to book an appointment contact us on 1300 372 439 or submit a service enquiry.

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Early intervention therapies and services

Please note, available services and programs vary between clinics, so please check with your local clinic about their therapy services.

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Mealtime support
Our multidisciplinary team of therapists can support children, young people and families with a range of strategies and intervention for happier mealtimes.
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Allied Health Assistants
An Allied Health Assistant works under the supervision of an Allied Health Professional to assist with therapeutic and program related activities.
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Speech and Language Pathology
Support children and young adults with delayed speech and language to build communication, literacy, and social skills.
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School holiday programs and camps
Run during the school holidays these programs and camps are a great way to boost your child’s therapy participation and meet others.
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Group therapy
Facilitated by our therapists, group programs are a fun way to meet others and create connections while learning and developing skills.
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Early Start Denver Model
ESDM therapy follows a play-based approach to support skills development for children with autism or similar developmental needs.
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Occupational Therapy
Help your child complete everyday tasks to the best of their ability by developing skills to overcome emotional, social and physical challenges.
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We offer a range of assessments to support a formal diagnosis and identify areas for development to inform intervention strategies.
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Shop C2, Ashmore City Shopping Centre, 206 Currumburra Road
Ashmore QLD 4214


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03 9596 8783

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Let's get started on your therapy journey. If you'd like to book an appointment or simply have a question get in touch today.

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As part of your therapy journey your therapist we may recommend some specific therapy programs to assist in achieving your goals including:

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Meet our principal at Ashmore

Lara Ashmore Coomera

Lara Moes

Practice Principal

Lara is an Occupational Therapist and began Grow On Children’s Therapy on the Gold Coast in 2013. In 2018, Grow On Children’s Therapy joined Early Start Australia.

Lara graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2001. For the past 12 years Lara has worked in private practice providing occupational therapy for children. Prior to this, she spent six years with Queensland Health working in hospitals and community health, in the field of neurological rehabilitation and developmental paediatrics.

Lara loves connecting with children and their caregivers and is particularly interested in early intervention and helping with the practical problems that children often face such as feeding, sleeping and toileting. She has training and experience in the DIR Floortime and Early Start Denver Model for early intervention, as well as in the areas of Paediatric Continence and Toilet Training, Feeding and Mealtime Management (S.O.S. and Sensational Mealtimes approaches), the CO-OP Approach for skill acquisition, Sensory Processing Assessment and Intervention, Social Thinking and Play Skills.

Lara’s work as a Practice Principal at Early Start Australia involves providing leadership to the therapy and support teams and continuing to communicate with and support the families who partner with Early Start Australia for therapy.

Lara lives with her husband Brian, who is also part of the Early Start Australia team, and their three school age children. Before moving to the Gold Coast in 2013, Lara and her family lived in a rural town and were very involved in the outdoor education community.

In 2018, Lara was able to realise a long held vision, creating with her therapy team, an annual outdoor adventure and therapy camp for children. This camp is named Camp Jimbelung, using the word for ‘friend’ in the local Yugambeh dialect.

Lara is Practice Principal of the Ashmore, Coomera and Springfield clinics.

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Early Start Australia is part of the APM Group, a global human services provider now enabling better lives for more than 1 million people each year. To view all current opportunities to join our team visit the APM Careers website by clicking the button below.

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