Early Start Australia Buderim, QLD

Supporting your therapy journey on the Sunshine Coast. If you'd like to book an appointment or simply have a question call 07 5302 6878 or make an enquiry today.

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Therapy services to help you thrive

Early Start Australia Buderim QLD provides occupational therapy, and speech pathology services on the Sunshine Coast to support children and families.

Our therapy services can help you and your child build and develop skills, so everyone can reach their full potential.

We tailor our approach to your needs and support you and your family at every stage.

Feeding Group

Term 2, 2024 program. Contact us now for expressions of interest.

Minecraft Group

Term 2, 2024 program, Tuesday’s 3-4:30pm. Minecraft masters is an evidence-based program designed to help child develop their skills in communicating and socialising with others. Contact us now for expressions of interest.

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Clinic contact details

2/60 Wises Road
Buderim QLD 4556


Clinic Phone
New Clients Phone
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Immediate availability for Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology assessments and
ongoing therapy. Contact the clinic to book an appointment today.

Support from 0 to 18 years, for all needs and abilities

Our multidisciplinary team at Early Start Australia Buderim is experienced in delivering therapy for infants, children and young people aged 0 to 18 years.

We provide support for a range of conditions and behaviours including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, speech and language concerns, motor skill impairments and developmental challenges (Cerebral Palsy, developmental coordination disorder), anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment and sensory regulation difficulties.

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What you can expect at Early Start Australia Buderim

  • Early intervention: We offer a strong early intervention program for children up to nine years old.
  • Teen and young adult support: Our passionate Buderim therapists are experienced in building capacity in teenagers and young adults.
  • Strength-based approach: We take a strength-based approach to foster independence and resilience in school-aged children.
  • Assessment and diagnostic services: We deliver comprehensive assessments to guide personalised therapy plans and support a diagnosis.
  • Supporting early learning: We can support early learning centres and kindergartens with Kindy Uplift services.
  • Multidisciplinary team: Get the support you need easily in one location with our multidisciplinary team of occupational therapists, and speech pathologists working together to help you reach your goals.
  • Flexible service delivery: Our services can be delivered in our clinic at Buderim, via Telehealth, and we offer mobile services around the Sunshine Coast in the home, school, and community settings based on your personalised therapy plan. We also have a therapist providing services to the Gympie area one day per week.
  • Funding models: We work with a number of funding/rebate models. As a NDIS registered provider we work with agency-managed, self-managed, and plan-managed participants. We can also accept Better Access to Mental Health Care Plans for psychology services, or, for Private Health Insurance policy holders may be eligible for a rebate depending on your policy. We also work with Enhanced Primary Care plans for OT and Speech

How we can help you

At Early Start Australia Buderim we’ll work with you to tailor the right strategies and therapies to help you live a happy and healthy life

Let’s get started on your therapy journey

Starting therapy can often be a confusing and challenging time. If you are not sure where to start, that’s ok. We’ll be here to guide you when you’re ready.

Call us on 07 5302 6878 or complete the enquiry form. We’ll contact you to discuss your needs and goals and discuss how we can best support you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about therapy services at Early Start Australia Buderim.

You don’t need a general practitioner referral to see a speech pathologist or occupational therapist on the Sunshine Coast.

Contact us today to discuss your needs and request an appointment. 

You should seek advice from a speech and language pathologist on the Sunshine Coast as soon as you have concerns about your child’s speech, language, communication or feeding development. Its never too early. Contact us today to discuss your needs and request an appointment.

You should consider seeing an occupational therapist on the Sunshine Coast if you have concerns about your child’s behaviour or if you notice that they are not reaching early milestones at the same time as other children.

You may also be recommended by your child’s teacher, or a GP, specialist or child health nurse.

Contact us today to discuss your needs and request an appointment.

That’s ok. That’s why we are here, to help guide and support you on your journey.

The first step is to give us a call to discuss your situation and what type of appointment might be best suited to your needs.

Our services extend to the following suburbs and the greater Sunshine Coast area:

  • Buderim
  • Bli Bli
  • Caloundra
  • Coolum
  • Currimundi
  • Kawana
  • Kuluin
  • Maroochydore
  • Mooloolaba
  • Mountain Creek
  • Palmwoods
  • Sippy Downs

We also provide services to the Gympie area one day per week. We provide services in-clinic, in the school or home environment.

During your initial appointment (either in person or via telehealth) you will have the opportunity to meet with a therapist to discuss your goals and reasons for seeking therapy services.

Depending on your situation, this appointment may also involve an assessment.

It’s beneficial to bring along any relevant documents such as doctor’s referrals, funding letters, custody/parenting orders or reports that may be helpful for us to see.

If your child has a NDIS plan, please bring this with you as well.

Additionally, you will receive an email containing consent forms and important documents to read and sign.

Depending on the therapy and how flexible you can be with appointment days and times there may be a waitlist to access some therapy services on the Sunshine Coast.

If you are unable to attend a session, we require notification at least 2 business days before the appointment during February – November; or 7 days before the appointment during December and January.

Yes! We are a registered NDIS provider, and we work with agency-managed, self-managed, and plan-managed participants.

We also offer early intervention services for children up to nine years old.

Contact us today to discuss your needs and request an appointment.

Clinic contact details

2/60 Wises Road
Buderim QLD 4556


Clinic Phone
New Clients Phone

Opening hours

Monday : 8am - 5.30pm
Tuesday : 8am - 5.30pm
Wednesday : 8am - 5.30pm
Thursday : 8am - 5.30pm
Friday : 8am - 4pm


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

For children moving into Prep. This program is offered online and face-to-face as well as being delivered in Kindy centres.

Through this group your child will, practice prep readiness skills including: – fine motor skills (e.g. prewriting shapes, pencil grasp, scissor skills)
– Social Skills (e.g. turn taking, sharing)
– Whole Body Listening
– Gross Motor Skills (e.g. ball skills)
– Conversation skills
– Following instructions

Our Occupational Therapists are trained and experienced in Feeding Therapy using the evidence-based Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.

Feeding therapy starts with a feeding assessment. Therapy can then be offered individually with a child and parent/caregiver, or in a group.

  • Conversation skills
  • Electronic communication
  • Choosing appropriate friends
  • Humour
  • Get togethers
  • Handling arguments and bullying

This is a School Holiday Group Program for children aged 13-17 years

Meet the ESA Buderim team

Georgina Pearce

Georgina Pearce, Practice Principal and Occupational Therapist

Skilled at creating a safe space for her clients to practice new skills without fear of making mistakes, Georgie embraces her positive and upbeat personality to quickly build rapport, motivate and create good connections with her clients and their support network.

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Sally Platt

Sally Platt, Senior Occupational Therapist

Sally is a passionate and experienced OT who loves meeting, building relationships and working with children and their families to help them overcome any difficulties or obstacles that they may be facing.

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Angelina Pavlich

Angelina Pavlich, Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Angelina obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the University of Texas at Dallas and completed her clinical education and training with children and adults in a variety of settings with concerns ranging from feeding disorders to articulation and language concerns, to cognitive communication disorders.

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Kahla Biffanti

Kahla Biffanti, Occupational Therapist

Dedicated, passionate and committed to holistic care as a paediatric occupational therapist with experience in addressing a spectrum of conditions, including ASD, ADHD, DCD, global developmental delay, intellectual impairment, and specific learning disorders.

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Zoe Lyttle

Zoe Lyttle, Occupational Therapist

Zoe has experience providing targeted assessment, ongoing therapy in the clinic, school, community and home environment, and with implementing group therapy programs such as prep readiness, Lego social/play skills, and feeding therapy groups, and executive functioning/social ‘cook and chat’ groups for teens.

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Brooke West

Brooke West, Occupational Therapist

Meet our vibrant and energetic occupational therapist, Brooke, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of children aged from 2 to 18 years old.

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Vanessa Heaton

Vanessa Heaton, Speech and Language Pathologist

Meet Vanessa, a vibrant and dedicated speech pathologist with a passion for unlocking the power of communication. Known for her fun-loving personality, Vanessa seamlessly combines professionalism with a playful touch, creating an engaging environment for clients.

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Annalee Dwyer

Annalee Dwyer

Annalee completed a bachelor’s degree of Speech Pathology at James Cook University, Townsville in 2019. She has experience working with individuals through the lifespan, delivering both individual and group therapy.

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Lisa Montgomery

Lisa Montgomery

Lisa joined Early Start Australia as an Allied Health Assistant after a background in teaching, specialising in special education and early childhood all over Queensland.

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Mikaylee Boss

Mikaylee Boss

Mikaylee completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with honours in 2023 at the University of Sunshine Coast. Mikaylee has been apart of the Buderim ESA team since 2022 previously working in a therapy assistant and admin role.

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Kayla Burke

Kayla Burke

Kayla is the lead administrator at our Buderim clinic. She loves getting to know all of our wonderful families and supporting the clinic with day-to-day admin support and service coordination.

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Rhiannon Porter

Rhiannon Porter

Rhiannon is an Administration Officer here at our Buderim clinic. Her experience in administration varies across different industries – her favourite working with families.

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