Specialist in Developmental Behavioural Paediatrics

Speech Therapist

 

 

 

Vicky Scipione MSPA, CPSP

Vicky is a mother of two boys who both had difficulty accessing speech pathology services in Canberra.  It was this experience, and the desire to help children access services in Canberra, that led her into becoming a Speech Pathologist. Vicky holds a Masters degree in Speech Pathology as well as further specialised training in Sounds-Write - an evidence based synthetic systematic phonics program. Vicky enjoys working with school aged children in particular for literacy, speech sound disorders, social skills and language. Vicky is very excited to be working with our clients and their families to help them make meaningful gains in speech, language and communication.

Vicky works with children aged 5 years and older. 

Occupational Therapist

 

Rose Maskill 

Rose completed a Bachelor of Sport Coaching & Exercise Science before completing a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. This has provided her a well-rounded knowledge and skills base which enables her to view her clients holistically. Rose delivers a comprehensive service that incorporates client, family, and occupation-centred approaches to practice. Rose has experience working with paediatric clients at EACH, ACT with a variety of diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, ODD, Sensory Processing difficulties and Global Developmental Delay. She specialises in delivering evidence-based occupational therapy services to assist client’s in developing their fine and gross motor skills, emotional regulation abilities, social skills, and independence when completing self-care tasks. Rose is very excited to be working with our clients and their families to help them achieve their meaningful occupation focused goals.

Rose in her spare time enjoys spending time with her friends and hanging out with her dog Pepper. 

Rose sees children aged 2 years and older.

 

 

Psychologists 

 

 

Nicholas Catto - Clinical Psychologist 

Nicholas is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked in private practice in Canberra for the past five years. Originally from New Zealand, he completed his internship year working in an Adult Community Mental Health Service. Prior to moving to Australia in 2016, he worked for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in their co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol youth service. Whilst trained in a number of different therapeutic techniques, Nicholas predominately uses a cognitive behavioural therapy and schema therapy approach to his work. He sees clients from across the lifespan, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Nicholas is experienced in working with a range of mental health presentations including trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder, along with those who are neurodivergent

 

 

Peter Bland - Registered Psychologist 

Peter provides cognitive, educational and adaptive assessments to gain an understanding of the client’s cognitive/learning strengths and weakness, and general functioning, compared to same age or grade peers.  Peter understands everyone learns differently and aims to tailor recommendations to support the client’s specific needs. He has experience in assessment, diagnosing Specific Learning Disorders or Intellectual Disability, providing reading and maths training to children, facilitating group programs and delivering educational presentations to teachers and parents.

 

Melissa Hogan - Provisional Psychologist 

Melissa is a Provisional Psychologist which means she has completed a 4-year university degree and is now completing a 2-year internship to become a Registered Psychologist under AHPRA’s 4+2 pathway. Melissa graduated from the University of Canberra in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology before completing her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at Bond University in 2022. Melissa completed her Honours dissertation in 2021 which researched the distinction of remorse from the emotions of guilt and shame and the effects of personality traits on the presence and presentation of remorse. Prior to working at the Canberra Development Clinic, Melissa volunteered as a counsellor during the 2019/2020 bushfires and the 2021 ACT lockdown. She has experience working with a range of presentations such as anxiety, depression, conduct disorders, ASD, and ADHD.