February 7, 2022
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About Us

Early Start Australia | Vic | Mornington (formerly Joy Paediatric Therapy Services) has been providing services to preschool and school aged children on the Mornington Peninsula since 2007. We offer both individual and group programs at our Somerville clinic as well as community-based appointments and telehealth. We are committed to family centred therapy and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children and families.

Your child’s ability to communicate and participate in their daily lives is important business. Therefore, speech therapy and occupational therapy shouldn’t feel like hard work or be a frustrating chore for your child.

We ensure our sessions are fun and inclusive for all involved.

Programs we deliver

  • Groups Prepare for Prep:
    • Pencil Grip
    • Attention and Listening Skills
    • Gross Motor Skills and Coordination
    • Self Care
    • Expressing their Ideas
    • Understanding Language
    • Social Skills and using Social Language with Peers
    • Phonological Awareness
  • Social Skills Groups

Meet Our Principal

Veronica Frewer
Practice Principal

I love being a speech pathologist because I get to work with people – everyday! I especially love working with kids and embracing their natural curiosity for learning.

My skills extend across early language and communication, neurodiversity, complex communication needs (including augmentative and alternative communication) and speech sound disorders.

I will work closely with your child, you (the family), educators and any other professionals involved in your child's care to ensure we are all working towards the same outcome. Together, we will develop goals and implement strategies that will lead to meaningful changes for your child – and celebrate all the little steps along the way!

Meet Our Team

When you invite us into your home, school or daycare, you are guaranteed to meet a caring, knowledgeable and passionate clinician who is 100% committed to helping your child. We have all sorts of wonderful qualifications and use a variety of methods and frameworks to do our work (all evidence-informed), but we know that what’s most important to you is helping your child become the best they can be.  We pride ourselves on making this happen in not only a functional way, but also fun way, so that we quickly earn trust, make strong connections and help your child reach their full potential.

Some of the areas we support include:

  • Speech and language development
  • Stuttering
  • Literacy
  • Feeding difficulties and oral sensory aversion
  • Sensory processing
  • Fine motor development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Developmental delay
  • Austism Spectrum Disorder

Occupational Therapists


Occupational Therapist

Speech Pathologists


Speech Pathologist


Speech Pathologist


Senior Speech Pathologist


Speech Pathologist


Speech Pathologist

Clinic Admin


Clinic Manager


Clinic Administration

Please call us on 03 9113 6160 if you would like further information.


2 Park Lane, Somerville VIC 3912, Australia