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Discover why our team has so much to offer you and your family

The Growing Early Minds team is committed to giving our clients individual care, expert advice and personal attention. With over two decades experience in the early intervention and disability sector, you’ll quickly see why our team has so much to offer you and your family.

Operational staff

Cindy - Senior Operations Manager

Cindy – Senior Operations Manager

Cindy Price comes back to Growing Potential as the Senior Operations Manager for the Growing Early Minds Team. Cindy is an experienced Senior Manager working across a variety of service types in the Community Services sector. Most recently Cindy has worked in the NDIS world as a Quality Auditor and Executive Manager of Disability Services. She is passionate about ensuring all service users have the opportunity to access supports that meet their needs, in a flexible, meaningful way. Her skill set and knowledge will bring a new perspective to the team, and wider organisation.

Cindy holds her Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years), Diploma of Business Management, Diploma of Quality Auditing, Cert 4 in Training and Assessment.

Cindy was born and raised in the Western Sydney Suburbs and is passionate about giving back to the families and wider community. When Cindy is not busy working you can find her hanging out with her three nephews, spending time with family and solving WASGIJ (jigsaw spelled backwards), an innovative jigsaw puzzle in which the picture on the box is merely a clue for the puzzle being solved.

Rebecca - Business Support Officer

Rebecca – Business Support Officer

Rebecca is the Business Support Officer for Growing Early Minds and will be the first point of contact when you call us. Rebecca will be there to support you and your family throughout your entire journey, no matter your concerns or complexities.

Rebecca has experience within the early childhood industry working as an Educator. She enjoys building relationships with children and families, helping them achieve their goals, supporting their needs, and watching the children succeed and blossom.

In her spare time, you can find Rebecca outdoors, spending quality time with family, friends and her fur baby Charli. Rebecca loves exploring and overseas travelling with her fiancé.

Sarah - Accounts Receivable Officer

Sarah – Accounts Receivable Officer

Sarah is the Accounts Receivable Officer for Growing Early Minds. Sarah has a strong Administration and Accounts background working previously in the sales and manufacturing industries. She has a Certificate III in Business Administration, a Certificate IV in Customer Contact/Telecommunication and a Diploma of Management.

Sarah has always had an interest in working in the health and childcare fields and is looking forward to working with children and their families.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking and cake decorating, spending time with her family and friends and weekend trips to the Central Coast.

Therapists

Sophia - Practice Lead & Occupational Therapist

Sophia – Practice Lead/Occupational Therapist – BAppSc(OT) – AHPRA

Registration number: OCC0001795012

Sophia is the Practice lead and occupational therapist for the Growing Early Minds team. She has a wide variety of experience working with children both in mainstream and disability sectors for over 10 years.

Sophia is able to support children’s motor development, social skills, sensory needs, self care and emotional regulation. She currently has a passion for supporting children who have experienced trauma and is particularly interested in how children’s past experiences impact their abilities to express their emotions, calm themselves down, play with others and maintain relationships.

Sophia has recently completed a certificate in Cognitive behaviour training for children and adolescence, helping clients understand how their thoughts influence their emotions. Sophia has experience running group therapy programs such as school readiness and social skills, and has strengths in case management and advocacy for complex families.  Sophia has had prior managerial experience in Kenya setting up education and health projects within a community setting. Sophia is currently enjoying managing the Growing Early Minds team through their transition into the NDIS and fostering a positive, holistic approach within the workplace.

In her spare time, Sophia enjoys being active, trying new restaurants and traveling.

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Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Sophia is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Nicole - Paediatric Dietitian & SOS Feeding Approach

Nicole – Paediatric Dietitian – BHSci. & M.DieteticPractice – APD

Nicole is a paediatric dietitian in the Growing Early Minds team.

Her background in community and private health have allowed her passion for supporting her client’s health and wellbeing flourish. Nicole also has 8 years of experience working as a Disability Support Worker.

Nicole believes that being in our ‘best health’ looks and feels different for everybody. She is passionate about work alongside children and their family/carers to figure out what that is, and making plans together on how to get there.

Nicole provides nutritional advice for children presenting with poor weight gain/faltering growth, rapid weight gain, food intolerances and allergies, restrictive food behaviours and food aversions, disability and feeding issues, nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal issues.

Nicole holds a Master’s Degree in Dietetic Practice from La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, and is also trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding model.

Nicole has recently moved from Melbourne, and is enjoying spending her spare time exploring Sydney’s beautiful national parks, mountain ranges and beaches.

Accredited Practising Dietitian Badge The Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetic services. Nicole is a registered dietitian with APD.

Delfa - Paediatric Dietitian

Delfa – Paediatric Dietitian – BAppSc(Ex&SpSc), MNutDiet – APD

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Delfa is the paediatric dietitian in the Growing Early Minds team. She has experience in working with children and their families in clinical and community settings to support them in meeting their nutritional needs and developing a positive relationship with food. Delfa understands the challenges of feeding young children and the need for easy to implement, practical recommendations. Delfa loves nothing more than seeing children thrive to their fullest growth and developmental potential.

At Growing Early Minds, Delfa provides nutrition management care to children presenting with restrictive eating behaviours and food aversions, disability and feeding issues (including autism, cerebral palsy and developmental delays), poor weight gain/faltering growth, overweight and obesity, food intolerances and allergies, nutrient deficiencies and gastrointestinal issues.

Delfa holds a Master degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and has completed extra training to complement her interest in childhood nutrition, including:

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Ellyn Satter’s Feeding Dynamics Model
  • Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

In her spare time, Delfa enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes.

Accredited Practising Dietitian logoThe Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetic services. Delfa is a registered dietitian with APD.

Andrea - Senior Speech-language Pathologist

Andrea – Senior Speech-Language Pathologist – BspPath, CPSP

Andrea is a senior speech-language pathologist who works with children and their families in the Growing Early Minds team.

Andrea enjoys helping families work on their goals around communication, play, behaviour and learning to help their children develop. Andrea has 10 years of experience supporting children with developmental delay and a range of disabilities.

Special interest areas include infant, toddler and preschool-aged feeding (including SOS Approach to Feeding). Andrea also has a range of experience in supporting children with pre-literacy skills and school-aged language and literacy. Andrea is Hanen Program certified (More Than Words) to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with social communication, and Lidcombe Program certified to assist children with difficulties in fluency (stuttering).

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys walking her puppy dog Beans with her daughter and husband, and spending time at the beach.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Andrea is a certified practising member.

Sanjida - Speech-language Pathologist

Sanjida – Speech-Language Pathologist – BSpPath, CPSP, Lidcombe certified, Hanen certified

Sanjida is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. Sanjida’s areas of experience are in early language development, working with school-aged children, and working with children with developmental delay and with additional needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Sanjida is interested in working with families from culturally diverse backgrounds and providing education for families and carers. She is passionate about supporting inclusion in the community.

In her spare time, Sanjida enjoys playing with her toddler, spending time with her family, and reading books. Other interests include dinosaurs, Harry Potter, and trivia.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Sanjida is a certified practising member.

Nimi - Speech-language Pathologist

Nimi – Speech-Language Pathologist – MSpeechPath(Curtin), CPSP

Nimi is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. Nimi is passionate about supporting and empowering children and their families.

Nimi enjoys working in a range of areas, including language, speech, multimodal communication, literacy, play skills, and social skills. Nimi has a special interest and experience working with children with a range of presentations, such as developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and intellectual disability. Nimi is able to speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Bahasa/Malay.

During her spare time, Nimi enjoys musicals, trekking in nature, and spending time with family and friends.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Nimi is a certified practising member.

Yasemin - Speech Language Pathologist

Yasemin – Speech-Language Pathologist – BSpPath, CPSP

Yasemin is a speech-language pathologist in the Growing Early Minds team. Yasemin completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at The University of Sydney. She is passionate about working with children and their families to help the child’s learning and development reach its full potential.

Yasemin has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, developmental delay and down syndrome, in a range of settings. She has experience in assessment and treatment of speech, language, literacy, fluency (stuttering) and multimodal communication.

She is a strong believer in incorporating families in goal setting and providing them with the right tools and strategies to be able to facilitate their child’s communication.

Yasemin is also Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Key Word Sign trained.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to the beach.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Yasemin is a certified practising member.

Rebecca – Speech-Language Pathologist

Rebecca – Speech-Language Pathologist – BSpPath(Hons), CPSP

Rebecca is a speech-language pathologist registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). She is currently working out of the Southern Highlands office 3 days a week. She enjoys working with children within a multidisciplinary team and has experience with speech, early language, social skills and additional needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delay.

Rebecca has a keen interest in early intervention and enjoys working with families to provide them with skills to promote their child’s communication development. She aims to create and implement strategies that are individual to each child and she is excited to be able to work with children in their preschool, school and home environments to reach their goals. Rebecca has additional experience with running school readiness programs and working with clients through Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Rebecca is also Hanen certified and is able to deliver Autism specific parent training programs. She has also completed the sounds – write literacy program to assist kids with learning to read, write and spell. Rebecca has 5 years experience as a childcare educator, working with children from 0 to 6 years.

Rebecca enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as swimming, camping and other outdoor activities.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Rebecca is a certified practising member.

Sarah - Occupational Therapist

Sarah – Occupational Therapist – BEd(Prim), MOccTherapy – AHPRA

Registration number: OCC0002072124

Sarah is an occupational therapist working for the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney and commenced working as a therapist in the private paediatric setting after graduating. Prior to this, Sarah was working as a qualified primary school teacher working within schools in the northern suburbs.

Over the years, Sarah has enjoyed opportunities to work with families, schools and preschools. She has gained experience supporting preschool and school aged children who need help to overcome gross motor and fine motor difficulties, visual perceptual difficulties, motor planning and coordination disorders, social and play skills and sensory processing differences. Sarah easily and willingly collaborates with parents, teachers and other professionals so their children’s needs can be met at home, in the classroom and in the community. Sarah is excited to work with you and your family.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys getting outdoors, practising yoga, socialising with family and friends and baking treats.

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Sarah is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Christine - Occupational Therapist

Christine – Occupational Therapist – BAppSc (OT) – AHPRA

Registration number: OCC0002148386

Christine is an occupational therapist in the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Sydney.

Christine is a motivated and creative therapist who enjoys working collaboratively with parents, teachers and other disciplines to provide support for children of all ages. She has experience working with children with Global Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Difficulties and those on the Autism Spectrum. Christine has provided therapy in a variety of settings, including schools, exploring children’s fine motor and handwriting skills through to their gross motor abilities. She has previous experience running group therapy programs such as School Readiness and gross motor groups.

In her spare time , Christine enjoys exploring new brunch venues, travelling and spending quality time with friends and family.

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Christine is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Sashi - Psychologist

Sashi – Psychologist – BSc Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical)

Registration number: PSY0001816697

Sashi is a Psychologist for the Growing Early Minds team. Sashi holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently completing her registrar program to obtain endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.

Sashi has a variety of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different mental health settings including community mental health, hospitals and private practice. She enjoys working with families to alleviate mental health issues using a strength-based approach to address issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, difficult and risky behaviour and social skills deficits.

In her spare time, Sashi enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, food and hiking.

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Sashi is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Dominique - Provisional Psychologist

Dominique – Provisional Psychologist – BPsych (Counselling)

Registration number: PSY0002185538

Dominique is a Provisional Psychologist for the Growing Early Minds team. Dominique completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling) at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. She is currently completing her provisional registration.

Dominique is passionate about working with children and their families. She has a keen interest in working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, including but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities and conduct disorders. She has experience working in the field of disability, child protection, early intervention, and mental health. Her practice includes, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Behaviour Support, and applying principles of Applied behaviour Analysis (ABA). Dominique is accredited to facilitate Emotion Coaching and Circle of Security© parenting programs.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, nature walking, and watching rugby (depending on who is playing).

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Dominique is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Caitlin - Provisional Psychologist

Caitlin – Provisional Psychologist – BPsych, M Prof Psych

Registration number: PSY000218243

Caitlin is a provisional psychologist working for the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Master of Professional Psychology at Macquarie University and commenced work in adult community mental health following graduation. Prior to this Caitlin spent 4 years working in OOSH services within schools in the western and north-western suburbs.

Her experience is predominantly with school aged children and adolescence and she enjoys working in early intervention settings. She is passionate about individualised care and as such prioritises communication with parents, teachers and other professionals to ensure children have the best chance to develop as capable, confident and happy kids.

She has engaged in numerous community ventures, including a trip to Vanuatu to build school classrooms and organise donations, and working with various not-for-profit organisations that focus on keeping kids in schools and organising routines in the face of trauma or loss.

Outside of work Caitlin is passionate about health and fitness and the benefits this can have on emotional wellbeing and overall life enjoyment.

She is a student member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Caitlin is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Kristina - Child Psychologist

Kristina – Psychologist – BPsych, GradDipProfPsych

Registration number: PSY0001889178

Kristina is a registered psychologist working in the Growing Early Minds team. She completed her Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at Wollongong University and following graduation in 2014 she commenced working with children, adolescents and families providing counselling, intervention and assessment services in a school and office setting.

During this time, she has also worked as a Research Officer in Perinatal Mental Health co-authoring a number of publications and provided case management services to newly arrived refugees with complex needs.

Kristina is passionate about program evaluation, a process of continuing to assess and adapt, to ensure intervention is as effective as possible. Assisting children and families realise and reach goals more efficiently.

In her spare time, you can find Kristina hiking or spending time with her fur child Rocky.

Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Kristina is a registered AHPRA practitioner.

Kimberley – Behaviour Support Practitioner

Kimberley – Behaviour Support Practitioner – BA(Psych), MSpecEd, GradDipPsyAdv

Kimberley is a behaviour support practitioner who holds a four-year psychology degree and a Master of Special Education. Kim has worked with Growing Early Minds for over 3 years and has had experience working with children aged 2-15 who present with social, emotional or behaviour difficulties in home, school and clinical settings. Kim is able to assist with implementing Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) strategies, upskilling families on parenting strategies, teaching social skills and emotional regulation skills, and developing behaviour intervention plans.

Kim believes in a family centred approach and promotes collaboration in the goal setting and intervention process. She particularly enjoys being able to support and build parents’ confidence to support their children. Kim additionally holds a Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and adolescents, and is a certified facilitator for the “Tuning into Kids” parenting program. Kim is currently working towards completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology, which she will finish in 2020.

In her spare time, you will usually find Kim baking, trying out new restaurants or traveling.

Familylinks team

Jeanette - Familylinks Coordinator

Jeanette – Familylinks Coordinator – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Jeanette has over 20years experience working in and managing Early Childhood settings including Long Day Care, Preschool, supported Playgroups and OOSH services. Jeanette has a keen interest in supporting children with special needs and completed a specialisation in special education as part of her degree. As a result, Jeanette has worked as a Special Education Teacher and supported the inclusion of children with special needs in Preschools by working alongside Early Childhood Educators to increase their skills and knowledge in regard to inclusive practices.

Jeanette was responsible for setting up the Familylinks project and found this to be a challenging and rewarding experience. This project has provided her with the opportunity to work alongside parents in supporting their children’s development and in providing support to parents in their parenting role.

Jeanette is accredited to facilitate DRUMBEAT, 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching, Parent-Child Mother Goose and Circle of Security Parenting programs.

Jeanette endeavours to provide all children with the opportunity to reach their full potential by providing the best possible start in the early years.

In her spare time Jeanette likes to read, spend time with family and go camping, four-wheel driving and fishing.

Donna - Program Facilitator

Donna – Program Facilitator

Donna has had over 20 years experience in the Early Childhood Industry and has a Certificate III in Children’s Services. She has worked in different roles in various settings including Long Day Care, Preschool and Occasional Care.

Donna is an Accredited DRUMBEAT Facilitator and is also trained to facilitate 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching and Circle of Security – Parenting programs. Donna has completed the training for Parent-Child Mother Goose, is able to implement the program and is on her way to complete the level 2 training. Donna is currently studying a Diploma of Community Services to extend her skills and knowledge in the community services sector. Donna is committed to building relationships with families and providing them with support.

Donna is passionate about supporting one of her favourite charities “Feel the Magic” by volunteering at camps designed for children who have lost a parent or sibling.

Executive General Manager

Dylan - Executive General Manager

Dylan – Executive General Manager

Dylan is an experienced executive with a diverse work history encompassing senior roles within a range of private and NGO organisations. With extensive experience managing complex, large-scale project teams, Dylan brings an innovative and analytical perspective in all professional areas.

Since 2006 Dylan has successfully worked in a range of senior management and executive roles within the human services area. These include 3 years as the policy and community development manager for NSW largest Aboriginal children service. He has also worked five years in the peak body organisation for disability organisations leading capacity building business development projects to prepare the sector for the transition of the NDIS.

With exceptional professional networks within the human services space at both a state and national level, Dylan’s real strengths include project management, business development, strategic planning, quality management, staff development and change management. Dylan’s professional background also enables him to talk with authority in matters regarding social policy development, legislative frameworks and sector advocacy.

With a passion for forging cross-sectoral partnerships and identifying sustainable pathways to achieve growth and development, Dylan brings an innovative business-driven approach to the family services portfolio.

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