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Early Start Australia | VIC | Vermont (formerly Cheeky Monkey Speech) has been providing speech pathology services to preschool and school-aged children since 2005 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

We offer both individual and group programs in our Vermont clinic.

We value a family centred approach, working with families and other professionals in their tribe to help them thrive.

We also value ongoing learning and the use of evidence-informed practise in order to support our clients and achieve best outcomes.

* Please note that if you are not a current client of Early Start Australia – Vermont, you will be required to complete a group intake session to determine your child’s suitability to participate in group. This group intake session will occur with one of the group clinicians so that we can meet you and your child prior to possible attendance. Please contact the Vermont clinic direct to discuss costs associated.

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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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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We offer a range of assessments to support a formal diagnosis and identify areas for development to inform intervention strategies.
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523 Mitcham Road
Vermont VIC 3133


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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:

We run small social skills groups for children experiencing difficulties fitting in at school or with their peers.

Children learn best through play and this group gives children an opportunity to learn language and develop early play and social skills.

This group helps children develop the necessary social skills to get ready for school whilst continuing to develop language skills.

This group is designed for primary school students who are working on developing their social language skills and interactions with peers.

Run during the school holidays these programs and camps are a great way to boost your child’s therapy participation and meet others.

Meet our principal at Vermont

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Lauren Ball

Practice Principal

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2008. In that time, she has focused her skills in paediatrics, working closely with preschool and school aged children.

Lauren’s passion is in creating individual and group therapy sessions which are fun and meaningful, believing that children and their families get the most out of their therapy experience when it is engaging and tailored to suit their interests and needs.

Lauren enjoys constantly learning and upskilling and has a particular interest and experience working in the area of orofacial myology with children and teens. When not at work, Lauren is supported by her husband and her two children. She loves all things health; family, friends and food!

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