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Early Start Australia | Vic | Frankston (formerly Best Start Clinic) provides leading therapy services to children and young adults in the Frankston area.

We provide Psychology and Occupational Therapy services to infants, children and young people (birth to 18 years) in the Mornington Peninsular area of Frankston.

We were the first to bring the ground-breaking Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) program to Australian families and proudly offer the rigorous ESDM training that is required for professionals.

Our therapists value the importance of parent and caregiver well-being in improving a child’s outcomes and we want to work in partnership with you to help achieve your child’s goals.

When facing unknown challenges with your child, we will bring together the right interventions for your child and family, together.

For more information or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 9596 8781 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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Support for learning and development, managing behaviours, emotions and thoughts and maintaining and improving mental health.
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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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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
ABA therapy is used as an approach for autism support and other developmental conditions to improve social, communication and learning skills.
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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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Contact our clinic

50 Bondi Ave
Frankston VIC 3199


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:

When working with children we use a family-centered model, supporting caregivers and children to develop skills, knowledge and understanding as we all work together.

Therapy support services for schools including screening programs, therapy support and education to help children improve participation and reach their full potential.

Meet our leader at Frankston

Caroline Frankston Geelong Preston

Caroline de Fina

Autism Early Intervention Clinical Lead

Caroline is a psychologist, holding dual masters in developmental and educational psychology and cross-cultural child development. Caroline is a Certified Early Start Denver Model Trainer. She has over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. Caroline joined ESA is 2018.

Caroline started her career providing direct early intervention supports to autistic children and has worked across hospital, not for profit, university, school and private settings. Caroline established the first FAHCSIA services at Monash University and was team leader and consultant psychologist to the Victorian ASELCC. Caroline has developed and lead multi-disciplinary teams, including autism diagnostic assessment teams.

Caroline’s role at ESA involves supporting ESDM clinical training and organisational supports to national autism and early intervention teams.

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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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