October 25, 2021
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About Us

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.

Programs we deliver

  • School Holiday Programs
    Each school holidays, the Vermont (Vic) clinic run a variety of holiday programs for preschool and school aged children. Previous programs have included:

    • Ready, Set, School
    • Fairy Garden
    • Little Picasso
    • Breakout – Break the Code
    • Crafternoon
    • LEGO and LEGO friends

    Please contact the clinic or check our Facebook page for upcoming holiday workshops

Meet Our Principal

Dannii Gilhome
Practice Principal

Dannii is a Speech Pathologist with over 15 years’ experience. She founded Cheeky Monkey Speech in 2005 and joined Early Start Australia in 2021. She has experience working in the community health setting, in autism specific early intervention services and in private practice.

Dannii is passionate about providing an environment that is fun for children and supportive for families.

Meet Our Team

We acknowledge that every child and their family is unique. We empower families to work with their children to achieve their full communication potential through uniquely tailored programs in a fun and supportive environment.

We aspire to maintain our consistently high quality service; support clients and their families to communicate and connect with confidence; prepare children for lifelong communication success and social connection; and maximise their potential for interaction with others in the community.

Our team is experienced in working with a diverse range of conditions such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental delays
  • Social communication
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Language and communication delays
  • Play and social skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Literacy difficulties

Speech Pathologists


Speech Pathologist


Senior Speech Pathologist


Senior Speech Pathologist


Senior Speech Pathologist

Clinic Admin


Administration Assistant

Please call us on 03 8802 4821 if you would like further information.


523 Mitcham Road, Vermont VIC 3133, Australia