November 1, 2020
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About Us

Early Start Australia | SA | Ridgehaven (formerly North-East Speech Pathology) has been providing paediatric therapy services since 2015. We provide Speech and Language Pathology services to children (birth to 21 years) with a range of communication needs and deliver our services in our clinic, via Telehealth and offer mobile services at childcare, pre-school, school, home and other community settings.

Meet Our Principal

Francine Meedendorp
Practice Principal

Francine Meedendorp is a highly qualified and experienced Speech and Language Pathologist that founded North-East Speech Pathology in 2015 and joined Early Start Australia in late 2020. With a commitment to excellence, innovation and family-centred services, Francine has extensive experience working with children of all ages who present with a range of speech, language and developmental challenges. One of Francine’s strengths is in the provision of family based innovative therapy where she can ‘think outside of the box’ in order to provide intervention that is specific and tailor made to the individual child and family concerned. She has a particular interest in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders using developmentally based approaches to intervention and in 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.

Meet Our Team






Our clinicians are trained and accredited in a number of evidence-based programs for children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, with language disorders, speech sound disorders and those with complex communication needs. We take the needs of the whole child 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 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

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

Ridgehaven Clinic

1013 North East Rd, Ridgehaven SA 5097