Connect with speech pathologists for babies and toddlers, online, Australia-wide

Umbo provides age-appropriate speech pathology for babies and toddlers online, via videolink. It’s an inclusive approach to therapy, where the child and family can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

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What is Umbo?

18 months. That’s how long some families in Australia — particularly those in regional or rural areas — must wait to receive quality speech and occupational therapy. 

At Umbo, we aim to start you on our clinical intake process within 1 week of receiving your request for therapy.

Our trained therapists deliver highly effective speech and occupational therapy to anywhere in Australia online, via videolink.

Umbo is a social enterprise and a registered NDIS provider. We also cater to private clients.

How does Umbo work?


Does your family need speech pathology? Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll point you in the right direction.


We’ll discuss your family’s therapy needs, and how we can best help you get connected to speech therapy online.


Get connected to a speech pathologist online. We aim to do it in under 1 week.


We work around your family’s needs and schedules to deliver the best outcomes. This could involve our therapists delivering short sessions with parents, or being available outside of consultations via phone or text. 

Who can use Umbo?

Babies, toddlers, children and their families
Umbo helps babies, toddlers, children and their families across Australia access vital therapy services online. We’ll quickly connect you with some of Australia’s best speech pathologists who have experience with your child's age group.
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NDIS providers and support coordinators
Umbo can help find a reliable speech pathologist for your client. Make a referral and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.
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Schools and preschools
Teachers are often the first people in a child’s life to notice they are struggling with speech. Schools and preschools can use Umbo to refer a child and help them find the online therapy services they need.
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We are a registered NDIS provider and we also cater for private clients

Meet some of our therapists


Jeannie McDonald
Speech Pathologist

Jeannie is a Speech Pathologist that loves her job! She has 15 years of experience helping children improve their communication skills and works with children that have language, speech and literacy difficulties. She is passionate about providing family centered, evidence based practice to families throughout Australia.


Kizzy Searle
Speech Pathologist

Kizzy is a passionate and dedicated speech therapist who joined the Umbo team in November 2020. Throughout her career, Kizzy has prioritised collaboration with clients and their supports to achieve holistic, meaningful, long term and functional outcomes. 


Marilyn Swidler
Speech Pathologist

Marilyn is a Speech Pathologist, primary and speech and drama teacher with 24 years of experience in the assessment and remediation of children and adolescents with various speech and language concerns. 


Cath Fernando
Speech Pathologist

Cath is a speech pathologist who wants to ensure each person she sees gets the best possible speech pathology outcomes to enhance their quality of life.  She is passionate about bringing literacy to children and adults, promoting neurodiversity, supporting people of any culture or sexual orientation, and using the latest technology in her practice.

The Umbo Difference

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person receiving therapy leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic. 

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.


What can speech pathology help with?

Speech pathology can help with any kind of age-appropriate communication or swallowing issue. Depending on the age of the child, this includes helping babies, toddlers and/or children who:

  • Have delayed developmental milestones for communication
  • Have delayed or unusual interaction and/or play skills
  • Use a means other than spoken language to communicate
  • Have a disability that affects their ability to communicate, chew or swallow
  • Have difficulty feeding or eating, including suspected tongue ties
  • Have difficulty transitioning to solid foods, “fussy’ eaters

Unsure what you need?

No problem, just send us an inquiry explaining the difficulties that you/your child/your family member is having and we can let you know whether a speech pathologist, occupational therapist or other kind of professional would be most appropriate. It’s better to ask and get a clear answer!

“Being introduced to Umbo was a lifesaver”

Sarah, Mum, Central West NSW

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