Trish Dearn RMT
MMus (Res), Grad Dip M.Thrp, BMus.
Trish is the Founder of Yellow Door Kids Therapy Hub. She is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) with specialist skills in paediatric developmental music therapy and early intervention. She is a senior clinician with many years of experience working with families with a child with learning challenges, chronic illness or disability including premature infants, children with autism, down syndrome, Rett syndrome, global developmental delay and CP.
Trish has worked all over the world as an opera singer, vocal therapist and songwriter, and has presented her work in music therapy at national and international conferences. She is a sought after speaker for early education/intervention and for health organisations to share her knowledge about how to use music effectively and therapeutically in early developmental services. Trish has authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters regarding neurodevelopmental music therapy for infants and young children. She has created hundreds of songs for families, and in 2015 collaborated with a speech pathologist to create the Merri Music collection of songs for kinder and preschool children to help children integrate into the classroom. In 2017, Trish released the follow-up to the successful Merri collection: her own series of Therapy Song CDs, 'Little Songs, Big Ideas', written in collaboration with some of Melbourne's most experienced speech pathologists and music therapists. Trish has written 8 therapeutic children’s books for children with cancer in collaboration with Dr Maria McCarthy, published in 2014. Trish often works in a team with OTs and speech pathologists, GPs, paediatricians and early educators to ensure consistent goals within a team approach. Trish has additional certification in ABA, Floor Time, and PECS.
B. App Sci(Speech Pathology), MSPA, CPSP.
Georgia graduated from La Trobe University in 1991 and is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia. She also has several diplomas in speech and drama and public speaking. Georgia worked in community health, disability, community outreach and early intervention before moving into private practise.
Georgia is a warm, caring person with extensive experience helping children with a variety of speech, language, social communication, play, literacy and fluency difficulties. Georgia is highly skilled working with children in the early years (0-6). She has a special interest in the areas of Autism, ADHD and social communication difficulties and enjoys facilitating social skills groups.
Georgia's approach to therapy is practical, holistic and evidence-based. She likes children to have fun in her therapy sessions and grow through positive communication experiences and success. She uses the child's motivations and strengths to help them feel comfortable and engage their interest.
Georgia enjoys building a strong rapport with the children and their family. She provides information, strategies and resources to empower families to support their child in achieving their goals.
Georgia consults regularly with childcare, kinder/preschools, primary schools and Early Intervention services.
Georgia conducts parent-training programs that promote children's early language and communication skills.
Helen Shoemark is associate professor of music therapy at Temple University Philidelphia USA. For 20 years she was a senior clinician at the royal children's hospital Melbourne, and has worked for over 20 years with children with special needs. She is an internationally recognised researcher in early communication for infants and families. Helen has worked collaboratively with Trish for many years on peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, professional development seminars, and creating therapy songs for young famlies.
Dr Helen Shoemark RMT