Who we are

Make The Connection is a leading provider of innovative and flexible programs and services that support families who have a child with a disability or additional need. Based in Brunswick, we are a small, local team of specialists who are experienced in working with children and families and have strong connections to the communities we live and work in.

Our team of specialists, with professional backgrounds in Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology, will support the design of innovative and flexible services to improve the skills and participation of your child through life.

We are not only passionate, approachable and understanding, but all of our therapists use innovative approaches that are well-supported by theory and research and align with guidelines for best clinical practice. Depending on your child’s needs, you will be referred to one of our qualified Occupational Therapists or Speech Pathologists (or both) who will support you and the important people in your child’s lives with the resources, information and support to help them learn, develop and participate in the communities with which they live and play in.


Meet our team

Amanda Tabone

Amanda Tabone


I started Make the Connection with long term friend and Speech Pathologist Carla Mangion in 2012 to combat the long waiting lists families were enduring for quality therapeutic services. Now flying the company as sole director and Occupational Therapist, with a team of experienced, creative and enthusiastic community minded therapists, I remain dedicated to ensuring the delivery of evidence based, quality therapeutic services for children living with a disability or additional need and their families in the north west region of Victoria.

The most rewarding part of my job is working so closely with families, and being part of such positive life changing moments.

Joanna Chalkley

Joanna Chalkley

I’m Joanna!

I have been a speech pathologist for a number of years and have worked in a variety of settings including early intervention, community health and in schools. 

I am a strong believer in the importance of developing collaborative and supportive relationships with the most important people in the life of the children I am working with.

I have always enjoyed working with children and value the fun, joy and ideas that that brings to my practice.

Outside of work I enjoy books and movies and sharing these with my young son.

Jacinta Pennacchia

Jacinta Pennacchia


Hi, my name is Jacinta and I am a Speech Pathologist. I am passionate about working with children with diverse developmental backgrounds and I believe that communication is such an important aspect of our lives.

I aim to empower children and their families to increase their levels of participation at school, with friends, and in their community.

I enjoy using books and story-telling within therapy as it is often a familiar concept to children, and can also be implemented by the child’s support network.

Outside of work, I enjoy cooking new dishes and listening to music. 



I graduated as a speech pathologist in 2015 and was working in tropical Cairns before moving to Melbourne in October 2018. I have a passion for supporting children and families from vulnerable backgrounds and those with complex needs. I strongly believe that the parent-child relationship is key to positive therapy outcomes and work closely with parents in strengthening these ties. I love using arts and crafts as therapy tools and love to make sessions creative and fun. 

Empowerment is a key part of my practice and strongly believe that any communication is a success.

When I’m not at work you might see me at the park kicking a ball or riding my bike. I also enjoy making music, sewing and reading.