A number of qualified service providers are available, and may be contacted directly:

Margaret Tawale

Sis Margaret has worked in Childhood Early Intervention for the past 19 years in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. She has also been involved in the Enuresis Consultancy for the last 10 years. She has a Trained Primary Teacher's certificate, Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Special Education – this includes Early Intervention and specialisation in Intellectual Disability. Further training has included family counselling, behaviour management, augmentative communication (Makaton) and toilet training of pre-school age children.

Margaret has considerable experience with disabled and non-disabled children and adolescents. Her teaching experience has included primary, secondary, special schools and early intervention. Margaret also taught English as a second language in South America for a year and was Principal for the School for the Intellectually Disabled in Fiji for six years.

Sis Margaret is a valuable resource to the Victorian Support Network, making herself available for parenting seminars and one-to-one advice.

Tel: 0421 281 050


Lesley Stevenson

sp lesleySis Lesley Stevenson has a Dip.Com. Welfare Work, maj.Counselling and a Master Social Science Family Therapy.

She is a qualified practising member of A.C.A.(Australian Counselling Association)

She works with families, couples and children to help facilitate change. Currrently volunteers with a crisis line as a Telephone Counsellor since 2000.


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Mob:   0410 497 221


Leonie Dangerfield

sp leoniedangerfieldSis Leonie is a Special Education Teacher with the emphasis on learning difficulties and disabilities. Her expertise is in the areas of both primary and secondary age schooling. She works on testing and diagnosing the best learning style for students and writing programs for them to follow and maximise their learning potential.

She has been working with students on the area of Careers counselling and motivating them to gain access to the workforce and giving them the skills and confidence to make job applications, form resumes and learn appropriate interview skills.

Leonie's relatively recent experience has been in implementing programs for those students with Autism, including Aspergers and students who have aspects of these syndromes. The programs include strategies for students to cope best in our world and for others to manage the differences in their behavours and to understand why students behave in certain ways, too.

Leonie's field of work extends to the family and the impact that students with difficulties have on everyone—discipline and parenting suggestions also come into this field. Social skills programs involving appropriate body language and conversations have been useful for young ones to gain the confidence and expertise to make friends and fit into group situations. She is able to interpret test result from Psychologists, Speech therapists and Paediatric reports and translate them into user-friendly language.

Leonie is happy to discuss concerns with your child's academic development as well as their social and emotional growth.

Young people with difficulties with subject selection, study difficulties and career options are also welcome to call or email.

Tel: 5728 2329

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Helen Smallwood

sp helen smallwoodSis Helen has completed a Bachelor of Social Work and further studies in Couple Counselling and Grief Counselling. She has had experience in a Hospital, Community Health Centre, Community Information Centre and with a Financial Counselling Service. In recent years Helen has had first hand experience with child and adult disability. Sis Helen has been a committee member of the Victorian Support Network since its inception. Helen co-facilitates the Growing Kids God's Way parenting courses with Sis Lesley Stevenson

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Tel: 9578 8267 or 0417 101 374



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