About Kite

Who we are

Why we built Kite

Hi I’m Rachelle, one of the founders of Kite. I decided to build Kite after working with dozens of families who were struggling to access the quality supports their child needed and deserved. Together we are building the therapy model Australian families deserve, where all families can access the best evidence-based therapy without long waits, long drives or high costs.

Kite is founded on three principles:
✨ First, we believe parents should be empowered as experts in their child’s development
✨ Second, we believe children learn best through play and when therapy is woven in to the home and their daily routines
✨ Finally, we believe high-quality therapy should be affordable and accessible for all

Our Mission

"Make the best, evidence-based childhood therapy accessible and affordable for all Australian families."

We've built Kite with, and for, modern Australian families

Our amazing therapy team

Our highly experienced team are passionate about empowering caregivers.

Rachelle Dunstan

Rachelle Dunstan


Prior to founding Kite, Rachelle spent years working in co-design across the disability sector, including at the purpose-driven technology company Hireup and at the NDIA. Rachelle’s previous roles have been focused on supporting families with advocacy and navigating the NDIS to ensure families get the support they need.

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Kristy Capes

Kristy Capes

Lead Therapist

Kristy believes in using a child's unique strengths and motivation to support them to learn and flourish, and that parents are uniquely placed to make a difference in their child’s development. Her experience includes over 20 years working with Autistic children and their families as a specialist teacher, Key Worker, certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist and trainer, and as a parent coach. She has run the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Center at La Trobe, a pioneer in ESDM in Australia. In addition, Kristy is a contributing author to extensive academic research in early childhood development.

Things Kristy loves:

  • Her dog Steve
  • Endless cups of tea
  • Camping and hiking in the outback
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Lauren Wicks

Lauren Wicks

Lead Therapist

Lauren has an unique perspective to offer as a highly experienced therapist who is both neuro-diverse herself, and the parent of a child with autism. She previously founded a successful early intervention clinic on the Mornington Peninsula, and has over 20-years experience as an early childhood therapist for children with developmental delay and autism.

Her mix of empathy and practicality that comes from lived experience makes her an exceptional parent coach!

Things Lauren loves:

  • Live music
  • Art
  • Spending time with her kids
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Zachary Mark

Zachary Mark


Zach is passionate about supporting people with disabilities and complex needs to learn, grow and live their best lives. He believes in taking a strengths-based approach that supports children to harness their own uniqueness, and in supporting parents to be parents first.

Zach has qualifications in Psychology, Crime Prevention and Applied Behaviour Analysis, and has worked in educational environments including Kinder, Primary, Secondary and University. He has also worked within the NDIS positive behaviour support framework, and as a Support Coordinator. His breadth of experience gives him a unique perspective, allowing him to see the long term scope and understand how small changes now can lead to huge gains in the future. Zach is also pursuing additional qualifications as a Mental Health Counsellor in his free time.

Things Zach’s loves:

  • Guitar
  • Research into assent & autonomy, choice based behavioural interventions, and Positive Behaviour Support
  • Helping young children and families reach their full potential

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Matt Morrison

Matt Morrison


Matt was born and raised in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. He's passionate about building great technology to help families reach their goals. He has an engineering degree from Monash University, a Master's degree from University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the USA at companies like Microsoft, Intel and Workday.

Things Matt loves:

  • Surfing
  • Racket sports
  • Spending quality time with his friends and family
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Gregor Whyte

Gregor Whyte


Gregor was born in Scotland and grew up in New Zealand, but has called Melbourne home for the last decade.

He loves working on building and improving services and previously worked at Hireup, another Australian purpose-led technology company. Gregor did his undergrad in law at Otago University in New Zealand and also has a masters degree from Yale University.

In his spare time Gregor enjoys:

  • Training for marathons (and complaining about his running injuries!)
  • Playing padel and tennis
  • Reading very trashy mystery and crime books
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The values that drive us

We're a purpose driven organisation dedicated to helping children flourish.

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We're committed to using evidence-based practices to support families. Our approach is inspired by P-ESDM and Routines Based Intervention.

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You are the expert in your child’s life. We exist to coach and support you to help your child learn and thrive.

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Neuro affirming

Every child has different strengths, interests and preferences. We believe in providing skills, tools and strategies to help improved independence, quality of life and participation at home, child-care, school or elsewhere.

We have availability!

Book a free consult with a Kite therapist today. For children aged 1-7. We accept NDIS funding and private paying clients.