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Early Start Australia Hawthorn has been leading the way for paediatric allied health for young children with Autism in Melbourne.

Our clinics 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.

We provide Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology services to children (0-7 years) in the Hawthorn area and believe in the enormous potential that lies within every child and young person.

The Hawthorn Therapy Centre is passionate about providing interventions and supports and offers the unique Little Oaks program.

COVID-19 has created opportunities for us to deliver our allied health services via Telehealth which means we can help even more families, no matter where you are located.

For more information or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 9596 8781 or submit a service enquiry.

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Clinic contact details

5 Lynch St
Hawthorn VIC 3122


03 9596 8783
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How we can help

No matter where you’re at on your therapy journey, we offer a range of services, programs and evidenced-based therapies to realise your goals.

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


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

The use of alternative augmentative communication (AAC) strategies can support people with communication difficulties.

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.

Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets is an approach to speech disorders that encompasses the use of physical prompts to give a client sensory feedback about the positioning of their lips, tongue and jaw.

Little Oaks is for children under five years of age, particularly toddlers, with known developmental delays, Autism or disabilities.

Meet our clinical manager at Hawthorn

louise wilson

Dr Louise Wilson

Clinical Manager

Louise has had a diverse and interesting career, which has fostered a passion for provision of excellent healthcare.

She strives to work collaboratively with clients and their families to live their best lives and is proud to be leading a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team at Early Start Hawthorn.

Over her career, Louise has worked as a dietitian and medical practitioner with clients across the lifespan.

More recently, she has shifted her medical practice towards non-clinical medicine, and has enjoyed working in administration and education. She continues to love learning and teaching.

Having worked in mental health for many years now, Louise believes that it is an enormous privilege to be invited into a client’s health journey and have the opportunity to positively impact lives through client-centred care and advocacy.

Children have the most amazing minds and it is a joy to discover their unique super-powers!

Outside of work, Louise enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, exploring all the flora and fauna that Victoria has to offer and is rarely seen without a strong soy flat white in hand!

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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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Clinic contact details

5 Lynch St
Hawthorn VIC 3122


03 9596 8783

Opening hours

Monday : 9am - 5pm
Tuesday : 9am - 5pm
Wednesday : 9am - 5pm
Thursday : 9am - 5pm
Friday : 9am - 5pm

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