Speech Pathology in Melbourne

Our Team

Stephanie Rickard - Speech Pathologist

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Stephanie graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 1987. She has had many years of Paediatric experience in a range of settings including Hospitals, Community Health, Early Intervention and Specialist Children’s Services. She worked in the United Kingdom for two years and gained invaluable experience working in a Language Unit with school aged children with severe language and learning disorders.

Stephanie established the practice in 1997. It has been located in Ivanhoe since 2006.

Stephanie is a dedicated Speech Language Therapist who enjoys working with families in the long-term. She works with a wide range of children with communication, speech and language difficulties. Her special interests and expertise are Developmental Language Disorders, Stuttering in young children, Literacy issues in School-aged children, and Articulation and Phonological disorders. While working directly with the child, Stephanie’s focus is always on parent education and involving parents in the therapy process, to ensure that they are able to work with their own child to attain the best communication skills possible.

Stephanie is committed to continual Professional Development. She is a Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.  


Imogen Hay - Speech Pathologist


Imogen graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from La Trobe University in 2006. Since then, she has worked with pre-school and school aged children in Community Health, Early Childhood Intervention and school settings in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Imogen has a passion for working with children and their families to support communication development. She has spent the last five years working in Early Childhood Intervention in Melbourne's northern suburbs, working with children with a range of developmental concerns, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and global developmental delay.

Imogen is dedicated to continuing to develop her professional skills, and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia. She is Hanen Certified in the It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words Programs. Imogen is also trained in the PROMPT Technique for treating motor speech disorders, and has experience with alternative and augmentative communication systems including PECS and the LAMP approach to using voice output communication devices. Imogen also has experience in the treatment of feeding disorders, and is trained in the SOS approach to feeding.

Imogen considers a child's family to be vitally important in developing their child's communication skills, and works with family members to be a part of their child's therapy program and transfer strategies from the clinic into their everyday lives.


Mariam Mangioros - Speech Pathologist

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Mariam completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, graduating in 2003. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in the Professional Self-Regulation program. Mariam joined the Speech Results team in August 2015.

Mariam began her clinical experience by working in the field of Complex Communication Needs & Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with school aged children and adults. She then took this experience and diverged into Early Intervention, specialising her skills for the last 10 years at Specialist Children’s Services and at the Royal Children’s Hospital Early Intervention program, Uncle Bob’s Child Development Centre. Over this time, Mariam has collaborated with teams of professionals to work with preschool children who have a range of developmental disabilities and delays, learning difficulties and complex communication needs, including children with autism spectrum disorders, global developmental delay & language delays, Cerebral Palsy, complex and high medical needs and sensory processing difficulties. She is trained in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and the Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She also has a special interest and wealth of experience in working with children who have complex feeding difficulties, including fussy eaters and tube feeders, and has completed both the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Feeding and the SOS Approach to Feeding Workshop.

Mariam is a sensitive therapist, who naturally engages with children and provides motivating activities to support the development of their learning, language, social skills and communication through play. She strongly advocates the importance of family participation in the child’s development, both in clinic sessions and most importantly in the family home. Mariam endeavours to equip families with the knowledge, tools and strategies to progress their child’s learning of language and communication within their natural environment and daily life and also to help families be better engaged with and cued into their child’s communication strengths as well as their needs.


Kathleen Perrone - Paediatric & women's health dietitian / Lactation Consultant


Kathleen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with many years experience working with children and families. Kathleen currently works both publicly in community health and privately.

She has completed the Royal Children's Hospital's 'Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics' as well as being trained in the ‘Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding’ (a therapy for very fussy eaters/problem feeders). She has also completed training in Ellyn Satter's Feeding Dynamics Model.

Kathleen loves working with children and their families to assist them in meeting their nutritional needs and support them in developing positive relationships with food and their bodies. The goal is happy, harmonious mealtimes!

Kathleen is passionate about supporting and normalising breastfeeding. She is qualified as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a member of the Lactation Consultants Association of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and is a volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

As a mother of two young boys, Kathleen appreciates first hand the challenges of feeding young children and the need for easy to implement, practical recommendations.

Please call Kathleen directly to make an appointment. Information about her services for women and children can be found here:http://www.healthystartnutrition.com.au.