November 1, 2020
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About Us

Early Start Australia | SA | Ridgehaven (formerly North-East Speech Pathology) has been providing paediatric services to children from birth to 21 years with a range of communication needs since November, 2015.

The needs of the whole child are taken into consideration in the context of their home and educational environments, which results in assessments and interventions that are highly individualised and sensitive to the child and their families.

Our clinicians are trained and accredited in a number of evidence-based programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum, with language disorders, speech sound disorders, and those with complex communication needs.

We deliver our services in the clinic, at the client’s home, at childcare centres, kindergartens and schools as a way of maximising the child’s potential across a range of settings and environments.

Services we deliver

Educational Consultations
Literacy Intervention
Speech and Language Pathology
Speech and Language Intervention

Programs we deliver

Derbyshire Language Scheme
DIR Floortime™
Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
Hanen: More than Words
Key Word Signing
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
PODD (Augmentative & Alternative Communication)
Proloque2Go (Augmentative & Alternative Communication)
Social Thinking Curriculum™
What’s the Buzz?™
Brady Story Grammar Marker™
Zones of Regulation™

Please call us on 08 8264 7257 if you would like further information.

Ridgehaven Clinic

1013 North East Rd, Ridgehaven SA 5097

Meet our Practice Principal

Francine Meedendorp
Practice Principal

Francine is a highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Pathologist with a commitment to excellence, innovation and families-centred services. Her career over the past 28 years has included working as a curriculum consultant for the South Australian Education Department, providing therapy across childcare centres and preschools in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide, and was instrumental in starting up the Speech and Language Program at Smithfield Plains Kindergarten.

Francine has extensive experience working with children of all ages ranges who present with a range of speech, language and developmental challenges; and one of her strengths is in the provision of family based innovative therapy where she can ‘think outside the box’ in order to provide intervention that is specific and tailor made to the individual child and family concerned.

Francine has a particular interest in treating autism spectrum disorders using developmentally based approaches to intervention and is formally trained and accredited in DIR Floortime, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS),Hanen: It takes Two to Talk and More than Words, PODD, Sounds-Write, and PROMPT.

Francine founded North-East Speech Pathology in 2015 and joined early Start Australia in late 2020. She is currently studying for her Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies – a foundational step towards her obtaining her Master of Autism Studies. In addition to this, she is embarking on certification in Pivotal Response Training.