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Early Start Australia | Vic | Sandringham (formerly Best Start Clinic) has been leading the way for paediatric allied health and for young children with Autism in Melbourne since 2009.

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.

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

The Sandringham Therapy Centre is passionate about providing interventions and supports and is the home of the unique Little Oaks program.

COVID-19 has created opportunities for us to deliver our program 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 8781or 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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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

27 Melrose Street
Sandringham VIC 3191


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:

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.

The Lidcombe Program is an evidence-based behavioural treatment for children who stutter to teach them how to control stuttering and encourage smooth, fluent speech.

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.

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

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

Meet our clinical manager at Sandringham

Niwardi Singh Headshot. Niwardi is the Clinical Manager at Early Start Australia, Sandringham

Niwardi Singh

Clinical Manager

Niwardi is a registered positive behaviour support practitioner and early intervention therapist. Niwardi has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Graduate Diploma of Psychology and has practical experience working with children and young adolescents with autism in clinic and community settings. Niwardi joined Early Start Australia in 2019 and has since been a dedicated member and leader of the Sandringham Little Oaks Program. Niwardi has a passion for early intervention and supporting children and families to achieve the most they can.

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