Speech Therapy Melbourne

(03) 9878 2578

Speech Therapist Melbourne

The Little Bookworm
323 Springvale Rd,

Forest Hill, Victoria, 3131

Phone: (03) 9878 2578
Mobile: 0418 568 010
Fax: (03) 8672 6450

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About Us

Michelle O'Brien - Owner and Senior Speech Pathologist

Hello, my name is Michelle O'Brien. I am a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, a member of Speech Pathology Australia and the owner of The Little Bookworm.

I have 25 plus years experience as a paediatric speech language pathologist, working with children and their families in early intervention (children 0-6) and with children in schools. My background includes working with children with underlying physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and also children with developmental speech and language delays and disorders, and literacy difficulties.  In addition I have previously worked at La Trobe University at as lecturer and researcher.

My specialist skills and interests are in the following areas....read more.

Tessa Weadman - Senior Speech Pathologist

Tessa is a wonderful team member who works 2 days/week at The Little Bookworm. She has also worked in a variety of other paediatric speech pathology positions.  She is currently completing a part-time PhD at La Trobe University, focusing on the oral language and emergent literacy development of preschool children in kindergarten settings.

Tessa has experience working with children across a range of clinic, school and kindergarten-based settings. Her experience includes working with children requiring support with their literacy development (reading and spelling skills), receptive and expressive language skills, children with speech sound disorders, children who stutter, and developing the social skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a strong passion for working collaboratively with families to provide evidence-based therapy, whilst maintaining a fun and friendly approach.

Tessa is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is trained in the Lidcombe Program (therapy for preschool children who stutter), management of school age children who stutter, Key Word Sign, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), cued articulation and she also attends regular literacy professional development.

Tessa has a friendly energetic approach which the children love!  She is highly professional, yet from the children's perspective, her only job is to play with them.

Laura Elder - Senior Speech Pathologist

Laura is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist working full time at The Little Bookworm as one of our senior speech pathologists. Previously she worked as a Paediatric Speech Language Pathologist in the UK.  She moved to Melbourne in late 2018 and has been enjoying working at The Little Bookworm ever since. Laura is passionate about using evidence-based therapy approaches while ensuring therapy sessions are relaxed and fun. She strives to tailor therapy to each child's interests as best she can to keep them motivated and enthusiastic about learning.

Laura has experience working with children requiring support with a range of communication skills including speech sounds, receptive and expressive language skills, and social skills. She has a particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Laura is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh as well as an Honours degree in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Edinburgh. She regularly attends professional development events and familiarises herself with current research in order to ensure she is up to date with current evidence which can inform her clinical practice.

Victoria Columbine - Speech Pathologist

We are delighted to have Victoria working with us at The Little Bookworm 4 days/week.  She began with us at the beginning of 2020, and she has slotted straight in as a valued team member.
Prior to working as a speech pathologist, Victoria was trained and worked as an ABA therapist (Applied Behavioural Analysis) She continued to work in the ABA program in her role as speech pathologist.  She has worked with children who have a wide range of challenges in the area of communication.
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Sarah Kattagen - Speech Pathologist

Sarah commenced working at The Little Bookworm on Saturdays.  We are delighted to have Sarah join our team.  As well as having background as a speech pathologist and tutor/lecturer, she has a degree in psychology and is currently studying her Masters of Psychology at Melbourne University.
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Kris Cowie - administrative support/reception

Kris works with us 2 days/week and is an invaluable member of The Little Bookworm Team.  She is the person who works on the front desk on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and she's the person who manages much of the background work that keeps The Little Bookworm ticking away.  She's energetic, loves the kids, and has a great sense of humour!!

...to be continued

Melodic Fox Music Therapy (co-located with The Little Bookworm)

Cherry Hense - Music Therapist

Dr Cherry Hense is a Registered Music Therapist with over 12 years of clinical experience. She has been working alond side The Little Bookworm Speech Pathology for over a year, with children loving their sessions with her.  Prior to working with us, Cherry worked with children and adolescents with a range of mental health issues, as well as researching and teaching at The University of Melbourne. Cherry has a particular interest in supporting the parent-child relationship, by using music to promote bonding and share positive experiences. She is also keen on supporting families to make music a part of their everyday life at home. Cherry is the busy mother of a toddler who enjoys banging pots and pans in the kitchen and spending lots of time in the park with her dog.

Cherry can be contacted on:

Phone: (03) 9431 3360
Mob: 0411 707 354


Others who work behind the scenes

We have many other people who work with us to help make The Little Bookworm run smoothly, and we are very grateful for their support.  They include:

  • Lilla, Book keeper from La Plus
  • Hien and Brian, Accountants from PTAS Accounting
  • Frank and Mersina owners of Call the Cleaner, and Ginni, Gary and family who clean our premises each week.
  • Kevin and Loretta, gardeners, from K & L Spiteri Gardening & Handyman Services
  • Shane, handyman, from Big Handy
  • Farrow, our Landlord (last but not least)


The Little Bookworm and the BW logo are trademarks of Paediatric Speech, Language and Literacy Pty Ltd, ACN 124 787 944, as trustee for the O’Brien Trust, ABN 98 233 279 903