January 19, 2022
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Please note we also have clinics at Brighton, Frankston, Geelong, Preston and Sandringham.

Early Start Australia | Vic | Hawthorn has been leading the way for paediatric allied health for young children with Autism in Melbourne. Our clinics were the first to bring the ground-breaking Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) program to Australian families and proudly offer the rigorous ESDM training that is required for professionals.

We provide Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology services to children (0-7 years) in the Hawthorn area and believe in the enormous potential that lies within every child and young person.

The Hawthorn Therapy Centre is passionate about providing interventions and supports and offers the unique Little Oaks program.

COVID-19 has created opportunities for us to deliver our allied health services via Telehealth which means we can help even more families, no matter where you are located.

Meet Our Clinical Manager

Apeksha Das
Clinical Manager

Apeksha is a registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society and has completed a Master of Professional Psychology. Apeksha joined Early Start Australia in 2019 where she started in their Sandringham Little Oaks program. She has completed her training in the evidence based Early Start Denver Model and is in the process of gaining certification.

Apeksha’s professional background includes working with individuals across the lifespan with various abilities in home, educational and clinic settings. She has worked as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist, completed psychometric assessments in private clinic settings and provided counselling and psychological interventions to children, adolescents and adults in community clinic settings.

Using a strengths-based approach, and through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, Apeksha supports her clients to achieve their goals and provides them with strategies to be the best they can be.

Meet Our Team

We were the first to bring the ground-breaking EDSM program to Australian families and offer the rigorous EDSM training that is required for professionals. We believe enormous potential lies within every child and young person. When facing unknown challenges with your child, our multidisciplinary team will bring together the right interventions for your child and family. We recognise that parent and caregiver well-being play an important part in improving a child’s outcomes and we want to work in partnership with you to help achieve their goals.

The Hawthorn clinic is passionate about providing interventions and supports and is the home of the unique Little Oaks program. This program is for children under five years of age, particularly toddlers, with known developmental delays, Autism or disabilities. The Little Oaks program not only supports children; it supports parents and caregivers as well and is the perfect environment to prepare children for kindergarten. We provide a developmental model that is child-led, naturalistic and relationship-focused.

Little Oaks integrates the practices of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and is delivered by highly trained professionals including Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers, Early Childhood Educators and Behaviour Analysts. The most important component is that ESDM works in strong partnership with the family.

If your child has a known delay or need, or maybe you are wanting to simply explore some concerns, we can help. Whether it is individual therapy, a community program (support in kinder and school), parent coaching or via telehealth, we help find the mode of delivery that works for you and your child.

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

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Developmental delay

  • Intellectual impairment

  • Other diagnosed disorders

Early Intervention Therapists


National ESDM Clinical Manager/Behaviour Support Practitioner


Early Intervention Therapist (Educator)


Early Intervention Therapist


Early Intervention Therapist


Early Intervention Therapist

Occupational Therapists


Little Oaks Program Coordinator / Occupational Therapist


Occupational Therapist


Occupational Therapist

Speech Pathologists


Speech Pathologist





Provisional Psychologist

Please call us on 03 9596 8781 if you would like further information.


5 Lynch St, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia