I was inspired to become a Paediatric Occupational Therapist so I could assist children to develop their confidence and resilience, as well as build their independence skills.
I believe that each child has unique strengths and it is my passion to work with children and help them reach their full learning outcomes and academic potential.
I have a particular interest in early childhood and consider that the early years of schooling are the most important in a child’s life. Positive early school experiences can only be achieved through good preparation, smooth transitions to school and supportive learning environments at school and home.
I am experienced in working with children who have been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, have handwriting difficulties as well as various other developmental, neurological and behavioural impairments.
As part of my Masters Degree at the University of Sydney, I undertook a specialist course that addressed helping children with high support needs, which has proven to be instrumental in shaping my approach to providing Occupational Therapy.
Learning Links is a wonderful organisation that provides a holistic, client centred approach to the child, their family and teachers. I strongly believe in working in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. Learning Links also has Psychologists and Speech Pathologists working alongside its Occupational Therapists, as a multi-disciplinary approach has been recognised as providing the most beneficial approach in addressing a child’s goals.
I enjoy educating parents and teaching children life skills, in order to guide them to become more independent and confident. I thrive on hearing positive feedback in relation to a child’s progress from both teachers and parents, be it in their social, emotional, academic or developmental domains.
Improving the life of a child is at the heart of my approach to therapy; in particular, watching them master new skills, regain function and ultimately gain independence.
My career highlight is an ongoing one: changing the community attitudes towards those living with disabilities, as well as promoting inclusion and diversity.
Throughout the course of therapy, I liaise with both families and schools in order to help implement home and school programs including (but not limited to):
- Equipment Prescription;
- Motor and Developmental Skills;
- Behavioural and Anxiety Management;
- Handwriting programs;
- Activities of Daily Living – including dressing, feedingand sensory programs.
Occupational Therapists who specialise in paediatrics pave the way in providing strategies for enhancing early childhood development – beginning in the classrooms and spreading to the wider community.