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Members of the Connected Kids Speech Pathology staff: Tania Attard, Laura, Jeanie Welch, Mietta Bruhn, Melissa Shiberras and Jennifer Hill
Members of the Connected Kids Speech Pathology staff: Tania Attard, Laura, Jeanie Welch, Mietta Bruhn, Melissa Shiberras and Jennifer Hill

Jeanie Welch
Director and Senior Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Portrait of Jeanie Welch – Director and Senior Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Jeanie has over 16 years’ experience in paediatric speech pathology, spanning across private practice, mainstream schools, special schools and childcare centres as well as working in a special unit for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United Kingdom. She has experience working with children covering all aspects of their communication development.

Jeanie is a Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist, trained in It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words programs. She is trained in Sounds-Write and Little Learners Love Literacy programs. She has undertaken postgraduate training in the assessment and management of speech sound disorders, ankyloglossia (tongue tie) and paediatric feeding including the AEIOU integrated approach to paediatric feeding. She has completed courses on Teaching Critical Communication Skills, Picture Exchange Communication Systems and Early Start Denver Model.

Jeanie is certified to train parents in the 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching program as well as the No Scaredy Cats program to reduce anxiety and build resilience in children. Jeanie is trained to deliver effective speech pathology services via telehealth and has completed Lidcombe Program Consortium training and Read 3 program training. She has a special interest in working with children with speech, language and literacy difficulties and those needing help with school readiness. Jeanie is passionate about bringing out the best in all the children she works with.

Jeanie is available in our Williamstown office and for telehealth consultations.


Tania Attard
Senior Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Portrait of Tania Attard – Senior Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Tania completed a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology at La Trobe University Bundoora in 2006. She has 13 years’ experience in the industry working with children in schools and private practice settings. She has experience supporting children in various aspects of their speech, language and communication development.

Tania has completed training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Hanen It Takes Two to Talk, Working with Children with Autism, Working with Children from Multilingual Backgrounds and The Sound System. She is particularly interested in working with children with language and literacy difficulties, speech sound disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tania is committed to and passionate about improving the communication skills of her clients, furthering her knowledge and ensuring that each individual’s needs are met in an engaging and positive way.

Tania has completed Lidcombe Program Consortium training and Read 3 program training.

Tania is available in our Keilor East clinic and via telehealth.


Mietta Bruhn
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Portrait of Mietta Bruhn – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Mietta completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2015 and a Masters of Speech Pathology in 2017 at La Trobe University. Since graduating, Mietta has been working with children in private practice, covering various aspects of speech and language development. She has completed training in best practice management of speech sound disorders and infant feeding foundations. She is trained to use the Little Learners Love Literacy program. She has also completed additional training on Social Thinking, emotional regulation and working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Mietta has completed training on conducting speech pathology sessions effectively via telehealth. Mietta is particularly interested in working with children with speech sound disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder and feeding issues. Mietta works well with parents and children alike to optimise outcomes for her clients.

Mietta is available in our Keilor East clinic and for telehealth appointments.

Mietta has completed Lidcombe Program Consortium training and Read 3 program training.


Melissa Shiberras
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Portrait of Melissa Shiberras – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Melissa completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology in 2018. Since graduating, Melissa has been working in private practice assisting children to achieve their goals across a variety of developmental areas. Melissa has completed additional training in the Little Learners Love Literacy program, infant feeding foundations and understanding self regulation. She has completed additional courses on providing effective speech pathology sessions via telehealth. Melissa is interested in working with late talkers, literacy development, children with feeding issues, as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Melissa works with childrens’ interests to gain optimal outcomes.

Melissa is available in our Keilor East clinic and for telehealth consultations.

Melissa has completed Lidcombe Program Consortium training and Read 3 program training.


Jennifer Hill
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Portrait of Jennifer Hill – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Jennifer completed a Masters of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2015. Since graduating, Jennifer has worked at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, as well as with children in special school and private practice settings. She has experience supporting various aspects of speech, language and communication development. She has completed training in the Picture Exchange Communication System , the PODD Augmentative/Alternative Communication system, and the DIR Floortime model. She has completed training in Little Learners Love Literacy. She is also completing further training on teaching critical communication skills and has completed Lidcombe Program Consortium training and Read 3 program training.

Jennifer is available in our Keilor East clinic and via telehealth.


Kathryn Hughes
Speech Pathologist

Kathryn graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2016. Since then she has worked across a variety of paediatric based settings including a Special Development School, Private Practice and community-based supports.

Kathryn has spent most of her career working with children and teenagers with complex communication needs and neuro-divergent disorders, such as Autism and ADHD. More recently her focus has been towards Early Intervention family-based support.

Kathryn’s additional training has included the DIR Floortime approach, Social Thinking Program and Karen Stagnitti Play Based Therapy approach. Kathryn is also trained in providing Alternative and Augmentative Communication assessment and intervention, including the LAMP Words For Life approach, Proloquo2go, Key Word Sign, and PECS.

Kathryn has also attended training in providing intervention and assessment via Telehealth.

Kathryn enjoys working in family-based Early Intervention to support children develop their language and overall social communication skills.

Kathryn is available in our Williamstown office and via telehealth.


Lauren Lorandi

Portrait of Lauren Lorandi, staff member at Connected Kids Speech Pathology.

Lauren completed a Masters of Speech Pathology from Griffith University 2020 and has a Bachelor Degree in Psychological Science from La Trobe University. Lauren has a strong passion for working with children. She has experience supporting children with varying needs. Lauren has engaged in Hanen intervention and devoted some spare time attending feeding workshops. Lauren has provided some feeding and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) intervention. Prior to commencing post-study, Lauren spent a year working as an Integration Aide and assisted students with special needs, alongisde offering private tutoring sessions across a variety of subjects.

Lauren enjoys building upon her knowledge across all areas, but has special interest in working with late talkers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lauren hopes to address parent and client goals to ensure optimal results can be achieved in and outside of the clinic. Lauren is available in our
Keilor East clinic and for telehealth consultations.


Anne O’Donoghue

Anne completed a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy at University College Cork, Ireland in 2017. Since graduating, Anne has worked at the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at University College Cork and in the Irish public health system.

Anne has experience supporting various aspects of speech, language and communication development, assisting children to achieve their goals and achieve their full potential. Anne is a Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist, trained in It Takes Two To Talk and has further training in Shape Coding System Module 1, Little Learners Love Literacy and Read 3 programs. Anne is also trained in Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Early Childhood Stammering. Anne has special interest in early speech, language and communication development. Anne is available in our Williamstown clinic and for telehealth consultations.


Laura – Receptionist

Portrait of Laura, Receptionist at Connected Kids Speech Pathology

Kerri – Receptionist

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Michelle – Receptionist


Join our team

Contact us for a confidential discussion with our director, Jeanie Welch. Jeanie can talk to you about the many benefits of working with Connected Kids Speech Pathology and what we currently have available.

We are often looking for passionate speech pathologists to join our team. Sometimes positions are advertised but often we employ clinicians who contact us directly without advertising. We offer competitive employment conditions, a supportive working environment and ongoing professional development opportunities.

Use our Contact Us form if you would like to discuss any positions available