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Evidence-based early intervention and therapy services for children, young adults and families across Australia.

Building 4, 33 North Head Drive Manly NSW 2095

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Early Start Australia | NSW | Manly is a leading provider of quality allied health supports to children and families on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Our Manly clinic is the first ESA dedicated early intervention centre in NSW providing evidence-informed autism supports and early interventions including the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) approach.

Our experienced and multidisciplinary team provides Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Early Intervention and off-site services to children aged 0-7 years. We also provide comprehensive assessment services including diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

The Manly therapy team is passionate about providing interventions and supports and offers the unique Little Oaks and Community program. Our team works collaboratively with families and believe in the enormous potential that lies within every child and young person.

For more information or to book an appointment contact us on (02) 9064 5010 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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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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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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Contact our clinic

Building 4, 33 North Head Drive
Manly NSW 2095


(02) 9064 5011

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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:

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

Children and adolescents with ADHD may experience difficulties with inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. As a result, it’s important to identify and treat ADHD as early as possible.

Despite these strengths, a child with dyslexia struggles to develop reading and spelling skills in line with what would be expected for their age. Dyslexia testing is an intricate process that requires specific expertise to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

Dysgraphia is a Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) in written expression. Children and teenagers with dysgraphia often display troubles with spelling, handwriting, written expression, and clarity and accuracy of writing. 

Meet our clinical manager at Manly

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Gabrielle Duffy

Clinical Manager

Gabrielle Duffy is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings. Gabrielle started her career in a child development clinic assessing children with intellectual disabilities, autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions then moved on to work in a variety of settings including a paediatric hospital, community health settings and a non-government organisation, providing psychological assessment and interventions for a wide range of developmental and mental health difficulties for children in rural NSW

Gabrielle also has extensive experience in training and consulting with other professionals including preschools, school, out of home care agencies, allied health professionals and residential care staff. In addition to ESDM Gabrielle is trained in a range of treatments, including cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma informed practice (Phase 2 certified NMT clinician) and has further training in attachment, parenting support (Circle of Security facilitator, Marte meo and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).

Gabrielle has also completed the Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Lifestory work and uses this approach in helping children and young people who can’t live with their birth parents. Gabrielle also has extensive experience in training and consultancy with preschool, schools and other agencies around supporting children with very challenging behaviour. She also provides supervision for a wide range of professionals including psychologists, clinical psychologists and social workers Gabrielle knows that every child and every family is different and will need an individualised approach. Building emotional regulation to support relationships and effective learning is at the core of her approach and ESDM fits so beautifully with this philosophy.

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