Speech Therapy Melbourne

(03) 9878 2578

Speech Therapist Melbourne

The Little Bookworm
70 Springvale Rd,
Nunawading, Victoria, 3131

P.O. Box 516,
Blackburn 3130

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

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About Us

Michelle O'Brien - 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 - Speech Pathologist

Tessa is a part time speech pathologist 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 - Speech Pathologist


Laura is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist working 4 days a week at The Little Bookworm. Previously she worked as a Paediatric Speech Language Pathologist in the UK but 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.


Jenna Ha - Speech Pathologist

Jenna is a bubbly speech pathologist who readily engages children, and has fun with them as they learn. She is dedicated to providing evidence based interventions to ensure that therapy is effective as well as fun.  She works closely with children and their families, and enjoys  supporting and encouraging families with their child’s communication development.

Jenna has previous paediatric experience working in a range of clinical settings. Her experiences include working with children who have speech, language, and fluency difficulties. Jenna’s particular areas of interests include fluency and working with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Jenna is proficient in Korean.

Jenna is a member of the Speech Pathology Australia Association, and holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. She has also completed a Bachelor of Science (Human Physiology) and a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.

Cherry Hense - Music Therapist

Dr Cherry Hense is a Registered Music Therapist with over 12 years of clinical experience. Prior to coming to The Little Bookworm, 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.

Zoe Vousas - Admin support

Zoe is a valuable member of our team, manning the front desk on Saturdays and Wednesday mornings.  Zoe is the friendly face that greets people when they come in the front door, and manages payents, appointment bookings, and many other behind the scenes tasks that help The Little Bookworm to run smoothly.

- more about Zoe soon :-)

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