Testimonial: June 2020
As a parent of a dyspraxic child, you look to educate and surround yourself with professionals that can open your eyes to various therapies and strategies that will be most successful for your child. In Melanie Yates, we have found an abundance of support, expertise, professionalism and kindness. Our daughter has been having intensive speech therapy sessions with Melanie for nearly two years, during which time, her progress has been excellent and Melanie has been outstanding. She is everything you would hope for in a speech therapist: patient, experienced, compassionate, knowledgeable, warm and friendly. She has a gift for connecting with children and truly cares about her clients.
Melanie is clearly very passionate about her work; her energy and bubbliness, as well as the way she makes the sessions fun and
playful with games and toys, meant our child felt very comfortable from the beginning and always looked forward to each visit. We have
been so impressed with Melanie’s ability to deliver rigorous speech therapy in such a stimulating and engaging manner, all the
while building a strong rapport with our daughter who absolutely adores her and loves working with her!
As parents, we have also felt supported and informed every step of the way; Melanie has frequent progress meetings with us to discuss
the treatment plan and explain the revision and setting of new goals for our child. She always takes the time to talk to us at the end of
each session and provide helpful suggestions and resources for at-home practice. She even had recommendations for some of the OT
sensory integration/processing issues that our daughter faces, proving again how well she knows her and understands the bigger
holistic picture of her challenges.
About a year ago, Melanie suggested we trial a new form of speech therapy called REST and our daughter’s progress in the clarity of her articulation has been truly remarkable; we are overjoyed at the conversations we can now have with her and the stories she is able to share. We will forever
be grateful to Melanie for her expertise and faith in implementing this treatment plan, knowing that it would be the best course of
action for our daughter.
We couldn’t recommend Melanie Yates more highly and we are so thankful to have found her. Her name comes up time and time again in
our community of schools, parents, teachers, and other therapists, as a trusted and respected professional. She is an exceptional
speech therapist whose sincere dedication and attention to our child has made a huge difference to her life and we couldn’t be more
grateful for all she has done for our family.