September 11, 2020
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About Us

Early Start Australia | NSW | Chatswood (formerly Lift Off! Speech Language and Learning) has been providing services in the Chatswood area since 2010. We provide Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology services to children and young people (12 months to 17 years) to support the development in their play, communication, self-care, and academic skills. Our therapy services are delivered in our clinic, via Telehealth and we offer mobile services at home, childcare/pre-school, and school.

Meet Our Principal

Kim Upshon
Practice Principal

Kim is a Speech Pathologist and founded Lighthouse Speech Pathology Centre in 2008. In 2021, Lighthouse Speech Pathology Centre joined Early Start Australia (ESA).

Kim has over 22 years of experience gained in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. After graduating in 1997 with a dual degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy, Kim practised as both a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist in South Africa before relocating to England where she furthered her experience in hospitals, special schools, community clinics and private practice, specifically as a Speech Pathologist.

Upon immigrating to Australia in 2007, Kim continued to practise as a Speech Pathologist and founded Lighthouse Speech Pathology Centre the year after. Passionate about empowering children with speech and language, Kim has worked primarily in Paediatrics with extensive experience in children with speech disorders related to Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Anomalies. She has a special interest in this area of speech intervention and offers a second opinion service to other Speech Pathologists. Kim also takes great pride in developing her dedicated team of Speech Pathologists.

Kim is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and is registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).

Meet Our Team

We appreciate that all children are unique and have different methods of learning. Specific assessment and goal setting with the involvement of families facilitate the development of an individualised intervention program where goals are tailored to assist your child in reaching their full potential.

Our holistic approach ensures that our programs support learning across all environments including home and school, where we provide our clients with the skills needed to play and communicate and help develop independence so they can succeed and progress with confidence.

Our team provides services for children and young people with:

  • Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke and traumatic and acquired brain injury
  • Genetic conditions including Down Syndrome and Achondroplasia
  • Low muscle tone
  • Developmental delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Social skills challenges
  • Feeding difficulties and oral sensory aversion
  • Fine motor difficulties
  • Delayed speech and language development
  • Stuttering
  • Assistive technology/equipment prescription needs

Occupational Therapists


Occupational Therapist


Occupational Therapist

Speech Pathologists


Speech Pathologist

Clinic Admin


Clinic Administration


Clinic Manager

Please call us on 02 9411 1785 if you would like further information.


1-3 Havilah St, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia