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Alicea Brazel (SP-NSW & QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) - Southern Cross University
I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist who graduated with honours from Southern Cross University, Queensland. I have experience in assessing and providing intervention to the paediatric and adult populations, in a range of clinical and community settings. I have worked in clinics, schools and daycare centres, supporting children who had speech, language, fluency (stuttering) and voice difficulties. I have also worked in clinics and hospitals with adults who had swallowing, fluency, voice, speech and language concerns.
I am a professional and enthusiastic practitioner that consistently strives to support clients and their family’s with their ongoing communication needs, by delivering high-quality services that are holistic, evidence-based and individualised. I am a member of Speech Pathology Australia and part of the Southern Cross University alumni association.
While undertaking the universities honours program, I conducted a body of research involving children with Developmental Language Disorder. I continue to be passionate about researching language disorders.
Beatrice Ho (OT Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), Queensland University of Technology
- Masters of Occupational Therapy Studies, The University of Queensland
I am a highly motivated Occupational Therapist who is passionate about helping people from all life stages to overcome barriers and to enable them to achieve their goals. I strongly believe in client-centred and evidence-based practice as well as a strength-based approach when working with all age groups, as everyone brings their own unique strength and potential based on their values and beliefs.
I have had clinical experience working with children from ages five months to 16 years of age and with complex needs ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Global Developmental Delays (GDD), chromosomal disorders and behavioural disorders. In the adult setting, I have had clinical experience in a diverse range of settings, including community rehabilitation, persistent pain management clinic and mental health case management.
My skills include conducting screening assessments, needs assessments, running skill development programs, providing individualised therapy in areas such as fine and gross motor, cognition, self-regulation, social skills and sensory needs as well as prescribing assistive devices. I have also conducted programs on fatigue management and falls prevention.
Beau Delmo (OT Aide-QLD)
- Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bond University
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Griffith University (Currently enrolled)
I have a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science and am currently studying Occupational Therapy at Griffith University. I have a strong passion for helping people and working with a client centred approach to support the client in achieving whatever goal they may have. My degree in Exercise Science has given me deep knowledge in human anatomy, neuromuscular physiology and how exercise affects the human body. As a result, this is complementing my increasing knowledge in Occupational Therapy and learning how to assist clients in achieving their goals.
I have completed one year of placement in a primary school, specifically working in a functional performance preparatory class. Muscle tone, coordination, fine motor skills, limb strength and cognitive abilities were all explored, and then a report was written to be passed on to the school as to how to improve occupational performance with their students. This year I will be attending placement in an aged care facility, in which I will work with senior Occupational Therapists and aged care staff to help the clients achieve their occupational goals.
I also have experience in a sleep scientist role, in which overnight sleep studies were conducted with clients of all ages. The sleep studies allowed me to distinguish if a client suffered from a sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome or suffered seizures while asleep. Recommendations were passed on to senior sleep scientists which were then discussed with the clients’ doctor.
Brooke Selby (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney
I chose a course in Occupational Therapy because of my love of working with children, adults and families. I am dedicated to seeing clients with a variety of physical, intellectual and developmental disorders and helping them to reach their full potential. My passion for working with my clients has been furthered by the completion of a number of paediatric and community based adult jobs. Continuing my education and training is important to me and I am furthering my expertise with a number of courses including “The Traffic Jam in My Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Disorders” presented by Genevieve Jereb and “Learning Difficulties” presented by SPELD. Improving the life of an individual is at the heart of my approach to therapy. In particular, watching an individual master new skills, regain function and ultimately independence is the most rewarding part of my day.
Charada Grimes (OT Aide-QLD)
- Primary Health Care Worker
- Cert IV Allied Health Assistance (currently enrolled)
I have a passion for health and people as well as a desire to help my clients reach their highest capabilities. I have worked in a health care setting for over ten years. This has been predominantly in a paediatric role working with parents/caregivers and their children monitoring children’s health and physical development. I have also worked a lot with adults with chronic disease management. Many of my clients have had physical and/or mental disabilities that have required specific interventions that I’ve both implemented and monitored.
At home I am a mum of two boys who have both undergone various therapies that I’ve had to implement on a daily basis. So, on a personal level, I can really relate to the struggles, pain, sadness, joy and triumph of clients and their families.
I love getting to know clients and their families and helping them to achieve their goals in a way that suits them as individuals. Everyone is unique and deserves to be treated and cherished as an individual.
Ebony Hutson (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Applied Science Occupational Therapy, University of South Australia
I am an extremely passionate and motivated Occupational Therapist with a positive energy and compassionate nature. I have experience in working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including acute care, community care, rehabilitation and injury management, vocational rehabilitation, and I have now also expanded my scope of practice to include Paediatrics. Formerly I have nine years experience as a remedial massage therapist working with children through to older adults. I have extensive experience utilising a variety of techniques which deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. This involves the treatment of the muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons, which are prone to overuse, overloading, shortening or lengthening, and this can produce all kinds of aches, pains and injuries.
I work collaboratively with children and their families through enjoyable and therapeutic modalities whilst providing education and effective experiences to help them succeed in their life. My gentle, positive and creative personality keeps children engaged and motivated to work on the skills they need to succeed and reach their fullest potential. I have a personal love of art, sound and ‘hands on’ creativity that I aim to incorporate into sessions to inspire new interest and promote self-confidence, whilst having fun. I have a strong interest in holistic approaches across the life span with the view of furthering my knowledge in both natural healing and nutrition.
I also work collaboratively with older adults in the provision of home safety assessments, minor home modification and equipment prescription, falls prevention, collaborative goal setting and applying a holistic approach to service provision; evaluating a range of client issues through assessments, co-ordinated care and delivery of appropriate services with consideration for all aspects of the person, environment and occupation. I also have experience in complex occupational rehabilitation, injury management and applying early intervention strategies to facilitate a timely and durable return to work.
Eliza Lawrence (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Southern Cross University
I am passionate about working with children and their families to achieve their potential.
Southern Cross University has given me valuable opportunities to exceed in an Occupational Therapy role in a range of settings for a wide variety of clients. Some of these opportunities have included working in paediatrics in multiple schools and at a rehabilitation clinic with a focus on rehabilitation of the hand and upper limb. Specifically, some of the therapies I was involved in were developing handwriting programs, sensory programs, conducting various evidence-based practice assessments, ADL assessments and treatments.
I am passionate about working collaboratively and improving my practice. By being positive, gentle and motivated, I look forward to helping children and adult clients be engaged and ready to excel.
Elizabeth Brown (SP Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Pathology - The University of Texas, Austin
My family and I have recently relocated to the NSW South Coast from California, where I worked as a Speech/Language Pathology Assistant with the Tehachapi Unified School District. I have experience providing services for children ages 3-21 in a school setting, both one-on-one and in group therapy. I support areas of articulation/phonology, cognition, motor speech, dysphasia, fluency, and semantic/pragmatic language disorders. My background involves Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, mild to severe speech and language disorders.
Elle-Lace Ambrose (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, James Cook University
I have had the opportunity to work with both adult and paediatric clients in diverse settings. Having completed my Speech Pathology degree at James Cook University, I have developed a love and appreciation for rural and remote areas recognising the need for accessible Speech Pathology services. I love working with children and my particular areas of interest include early language development and speech sound disorders. I am also passionate about providing holistic and patient-centred care to my adult clients, and have experience in many different hospital and rehabilitation settings. I am particularly interested in the areas of swallowing and voice disorders.
Emily Post (OT Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Southern Cross University (currently enrolled)
I am currently studying Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University. I chose to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy as I love working with people and I am enthusiastic to help clients reach their goals throughout all stages of their life. I have work experience in paediatrics as an Allied Health Aide in school, home and clinical environments working with clients with various disorders and disabilities. I am constantly learning new knowledge and taking new opportunities to help develop my skills to allow me to get the most out of this rewarding career in my journey to become a compassionate and supportive Occupational Therapist.
Gabrielle D'Arcey (OT Aide-QLD)
- Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant
I have worked as an Allied Health Assistant in a hospital setting. During this time, I was working with nine physiotherapists across many wards, mainly adults. My tasks included doing handovers with the physiotherapists, mobilising independent and one assist patients, assisting the physiotherapists with two assist patients and following rehabilitation care plans. I also have experience in special needs schools where I worked in a class of three non-verbal, intellectually disabled children helping with their care and various activities including craft, reading and playground supervision. I also have experience in preparatory classes for reading assistance.
Grishma Shetty (OT Aide-QLD)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland (currently enrolled)
I am currently studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland. I chose to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy as I am passionate about helping clients in achieving their goals and being able to maximise their potential to independently complete their activities of daily life.
I have work experience in an adult rehabilitation setting, where I primarily focused on assisting with basic tasks such as dressing, showering, cooking, increasing upper limb strength and improving coordination and memory skills.
In my spare time I volunteer at the Queensland Children’s hospital where I provide children and their families with a range of fun, distraction and happiness right to the bedside with games, activities, craft and toys. I enjoy spending one-on-one time with people to get the opportunity to help them where I can, and I also like to learn and challenge myself to expand and grow my skills as an emerging Occupational Therapist.
Jackie Stirling (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Education, (Primary), Southern Cross University
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Southern Cross University
I began my career in primary teaching but realised I wanted the opportunity to work more intensively with children and their families in the areas I was most passionate about i.e. speech, language and literacy. During my university studies I have had placements in schools supporting teachers and aids to adopt both a whole classroom and individualised approach to meet the needs of students with speech and language difficulties. I also have clinical experience assessing children with dysfluency (stuttering) and in treatment utilising the Lidcombe program, as well as working with preschool children targeting speech sounds and early language development. Therapy is proven to be more effective when it is fun and engaging, so when working with children and their families I tailor programs to match the strengths and interests of the child with routines designed to fit around family schedules.
I also completed clinical placements working with adults in acute hospital and residential aged care facilities providing dysphagia (swallowing) assessment and management, cognitive communication group therapy for residents with dementia, voice therapy and post-stroke language assessment and therapy. I enjoy seeing the change that supporting meaningful communication makes to the quality of life of not only the person with communication difficulties, but also for their family and loved ones.
I am committed to providing quality up to date evidence-based care and enjoy participating in ongoing professional development where I have completed training in Key word sign, paediatric feeding and understanding dementia.
Jasmin Shazad (OT-NSW)
- Bachelor of Health Sciences, Griffith University
- Graduate Entry Masters of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland
I have been a part of the SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS team for over ten years. My interest in Occupational Therapy and working with people with disabilities was first sparked throughout a volunteering experience at a Special Education Developmental Unit in my younger years. I have always had an interest and passion in working in paediatrics, particularly in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My favourite part of being an Occupational Therapist is using a client and their family's strengths to see them realise their potential, and achieve increased confidence and independence in their skills and abilities.
I thoroughly enjoy working with children and their families and believe therapy and goals should be client-centred and client-driven. I work using a combination of both a "top-down" (functional) and a "bottom-up" (sensory) approach to therapy, incorporating the use of Evidence-Based Practice. I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged three months to 18 years with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Sensory Processing difficulties, Anxiety, and general developmental and learning difficulties.
I have liaised with families and schools to help implement home and school programs including, but not limited to, the following areas:
- Equipment Prescription
- Motor Skills and Developmental Skills
- Behavioural and Anxiety Management (including programs such as the 5 Point Scale and How Does Your Engine Run?)
- Handwriting programs
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including dressing and feeding
- Sensory Programs
I have also worked with older clients (from 18 to 90 year olds) to assist them with achieving independence in the home and community setting through use of ADL assessments and programs, home modification recommendations and equipment prescription.
Jennie Brooks (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Occupational Therapy, University of Brighton
- Post Graduate Diploma in Sensory Integration, University of Ulster
I am from the United Kingdom where I worked as a Clinical Specialist/Team Lead Paediatric Occupational Therapist.
Enabling children to reach their full potential and get the most out of life is my goal as an Occupational Therapist (OT). I thoroughly enjoy working with children, their families, and with schools, in problem solving and finding solutions to aid functional performance. I implement a range of approaches when assessing and treating children, which I tailor to each child’s individual needs.
I have extensive experience working with 0-19 year olds with diagnoses including; Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), intellectual difficulties, Handwriting Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder; degenerative, genetic and other neurological conditions.
I have completed additional training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Postural Management, Equipment Provision, hand therapy and splinting, handwriting, and approaches to working with children with DCD.
I also have experience working with adult clients. Alongside my paediatric role I worked in a rehabilitation hospital delivering therapy to adults with neurological diagnoses, including Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury. Furthermore, I have worked as an OT in aged care (both hospital and community settings), the emergency department, hospital-based medical rehabilitation, and in trauma orthopaedics.
Jo Lomasney (SP-VIC)
- Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics and Japanese Major, University of Melbourne
- Master of Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne
Communication and education have been central to my working life. My professional background includes Journalism, English Language Teaching and Assessment Administration. My passion to work with people in need of intervention to maximise their communication led me onto studying a Master of Speech Pathology.
My placement experiences covered community and private health clinics, hospital rehabilitation and school settings, where I gained a range of experiences. These included speech and language delays and disorders, early literacy and ASD intervention in paediatrics, acquired speech, language and voice disorders in adults, and cognitive communication and swallowing impairments in the aged care setting. I loved every clinical placement and am comfortable working with all ages of clients.
I particularly enjoy the energy and spontaneity that comes with working with children and strive to deliver fun, play-based therapy that is evidence-based. As a parent, I understand the need for therapy to be family-centred, with parents and family members involved and supported to help promote the best outcomes for their child.
I am passionate about equity and access in communication to promote life participation. I believe everyone has a right to access optimal communication and I am driven to assist people in achieving this with their unique abilities and circumstances. I am particularly interested in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in developing my skills in this area.
Kim Lavery (SP Aide-NSW)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Central Queensland
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of New England (UNE)
Secondary English, University of New England (UNE)
Bachelor of Special Education, University of New England (UNE)
I worked for 20 years in youth employment and education with early school leavers, unemployed young adults and young offenders, specialising in literacy and life skills. From 2004 to 2019 I taught in a public primary school, in class as well as with small groups and individual students who needed extra support or extension in reading, writing and spelling. I have had experience both professionally and personally with children and adults who have speech and language delays, physical and intellectual difficulties, and difficulty speaking due to disease or trauma. For many years I also volunteered with the State Emergency and Rural Fire Services, teaching first aid to people from all walks of life and all ages.
I believe rapport and healthy connections are key factors in communication and work closely with clients, their families and health professionals. I am passionate about helping people develop skills and confidence to thrive, not just survive, in our society. Following the programs developed by Speech Pathologists, I practise diversity in my approaches to provide client support with enough flexibility to cater for individual interests and needs.
When not working I enjoy reading, sewing, snow skiing and growing succulents.
Laura Brown (OT Aide-NSW)
-Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition), University of Wollongong
-Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Western Sydney University (currently enrolled)
I am passionate about working with clients to allow them to become independent and to achieve their therapy goals. I understand that every child has specific learning methods so I use a client-centered approach in all of my work, making therapy fun and exciting whilst aiding in functional performance. I always bring positive energy to my therapy sessions and love my role as an Occupational Therapy Aide. I am constantly learning and making connections with clients, assisting them to grow and engage in the classroom and daily life.
I have recently completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) at the University of Wollongong, and have worked as an Allied Health Aide (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetics) in hospital, community and home settings for over three years. While working with rehabilitation patients, I gained an interest in Occupational Therapy. I am now studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University.
I have experience working as an Occupational Therapy Aide in rehabilitation settings, focusing on addressing fine motor skills, coordination skills, improving focus and memory, increasing limb strength, providing specialised equipment and aids, and assisting with basic tasks such as dressing and cooking. I have extensive experience working with elderly clients but I also have a passion for working in paediatrics.
Linda Smith (SP Aide-NSW & QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Southern Cross University (currently enrolled)
I am currently studying Speech Pathology at Southern Cross University (4th year). The field of Speech Pathology offers an opportunity to have a positive impact on an individual’s life, the lives of their families and their wider community.
Throughout my studies, I have gained clinical experience in a variety of settings working with clients whose ages ranged from two to 102.
My paediatric experience included placements in child care centres, government health clinics, hospital out-patient clinics and home environments. During this time, I conducted assessments and provided family education and individualised therapy to children with developmental delays, speech and language disorders, stuttering (dysfluency), autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, learning disabilities and intellectual impairments. I enjoy using evidence-based client centered approaches to support achievement of client goals. I believe a positive approach to therapy plays a big role in a child’s participation.
My placement experience with adults included placements in acute and rehabilitation hospital wards, residential aged care facilities and health clinics. These covered a variety of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, voice deficits, swallowing issues (dysphagia), dementia, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, dysarthria, aphasia, group therapy, cognitive communication disorders, and alternative and augmentative communication methods including communication boards and electronic devices. I enjoy working with elderly clients, their partners and carers to provide person-centered care with patience and respect.
Lisa Scuglia (SP-NSW)
- Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Human Movement Science and Education, Southern Cross University
I have taught in both public and private high schools in my subject area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. In my role as a Speech Pathologist, I am passionate about providing high quality and holistic service to all adult and paediatric clients and their family and carers. Since working in the area of Speech Pathology, I have been able to work with a number of children in the settings of community, education and mental health. I have a keen interest in working with school aged children and have experience in speech and language delays and disorders. When working with clients I use a combination of modern and research-based approaches in order to cater for each client’s individual needs.
Natasha Stojcinovic (SP Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Science - Macquarie University
- Master of Speech Pathology - University of Canberra (Final Year)
I have witnessed many varied communication difficulties within my immediate family. These personal experiences motivated me to study Speech Pathology. I understand how communication and swallowing difficulties can impact a person as a whole, which is why I aim to bring my experience, together with the knowledge gained throughout my studies, to provide holistic, compassionate care tailored to my clients.
l am fluent in Serbian/Croatian and am equally passionate about working in paediatric and adult speech therapy services. I have practical adult experience in acute and outpatient hospital settings which covered swallowing, voice, speech and language disorders. I worked predominantly with individuals who had experienced a brain tumour or stroke, but also those who had dementia, Parkinson's disease, or traumatic brain injuries, I was involved in conducting both group therapy and individual sessions throughout my practical experiences. I have personal experience with children who have autism spectrum disorder and some of the associated communication difficulties. While my practical experience with paediatric communication disorders is limited, I have observed a wide variety of sessions including therapy for fluency disorders, speech sound disorders, and language disorders. These sessions have occurred across clinics, client homes and schools.
Oliver Sio (SP-QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), The University of Queensland
I am a multilingual Speech Pathologist, fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
I have a passion to help clients with communication and swallowing difficulties in their activities of daily living and enhance their quality of life. I have experience working within acute paediatric and adult hospital settings, where I provided holistic Speech Pathology services to clients and their families in a multidisciplinary approach. My clinical experience also involves providing Speech Pathology assessments and interventions using technology, including iPads, laptops, mobile phones and e-readers to assist adult clients with aphasia to communicate with their families and friends. I have also provided speech, language and literacy services via tele-rehabilitation to school-aged children in a school setting in rural Queensland.
My specific areas of interest include the language development of children with hearing loss, and intervention approaches for adults with cognitive communication disorders.
Rachel Knipe (OT Aide-VIC)
- Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Occupational Therapy, National University of Ireland, Galway.
I am a passionate, creative and motivated Occupational Therapist who really enjoys working to help promote independence and improve quality of life in both children and adults.
Being able to help individuals reach their potential by taking a hands on practical approach was what encouraged me into Occupational Therapy - the benefits it can make to people’s circumstances can be life changing.
I studied to gain my qualification from the National University of Ireland in Galway and, following my graduation, I moved to the United Kingdom to pursue my career.
I have gained skills working with adults in the following areas: mental health, orthopaedics, stroke, older adult care, palliative care and acute medicine.
Working with children is a passion of mine and I have been lucky to have gained experience with a variety of conditions including; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), Cerebral Palsy and Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD).
I believe that through effective assessment, communication and implementation, interventions can be tailored to motivate and encourage children to reach their goals with everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, eating, going to school and playing.
I thoroughly enjoy seeing children learn, adapt and gain a sense of accomplishment with tasks that they once found challenging. I hope that by working in partnership with their carers and other important people in the child’s life that we can continue to overcome these challenges and foster enhanced levels of self-esteem and confidence.
Ronny Chaheen (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) - Sydney University, NSW
- Bachelor in Secondary Teaching – Charles Sturt University, QLD
- Master of Education – Charles Sturt University, QLD
I have had a wide range of experience working with children and adults in both a health and educational setting. In particular, I have had experience in the following areas:
* Experience in Mental Health Occupational Therapy and Case Management for adolescents and adults, including living skills and vocational skills development
* Experience in Primary and Secondary School special needs education with emphasis on learning support plans for a range of cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities
* Experience in case management and mentoring of students with disabilities including provision of social, pedagogical and cognitive development programs, group-work and one on one educational assistance
* Experience teaching English, science and humanities on Primary and Secondary Levels as well as a teacher for students of English as a Second Language
I am a qualified Learning Support Teacher and Occupational Therapist and have completed my Masters in Indigenous education and learning strategies. I will be delighted to utilise my broad range of expertise to provide therapy and support services to meet your needs.
Selina Mathes (OT Aide-NSW)
- Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Rhoen Akademie Schwarzerden (Germany)
I am a passionate Occupational Therapist who loves working with children, adults and families to assist them in improving their quality of life in all aspects. I believe in a genuine and positive working relationship, based on trust, to support individuals/families to achieve their individual goals.
I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged six years to 14 years through my placement and volunteer work. I have worked in a kindergarten setting, in schools and a paediatric practice with diagnoses including: Sensory Processing Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Down Syndrome, Anxiety, Dyspraxia and Intellectual Disability. This work has also included Sensory Integration/Sensory Diets and DTVP-2 Assessment.
My enthusiasm and joy working with children started early through working as a nanny, leading child based recreational activities and a weekly play based learning/children’s fitness group.
I am also experienced working as an Occupational Therapist with adults in a psychiatric hospital. I have worked with adults diagnosed with Depression and Multiple Personality Disorders. In this setting, I have worked with clients to improve their quality of life through developing Daily Living Skills, Social Skills, Concentration Training Skills, Creative Arts and Group Activities.
In addition, I have gained experience through my placement in a Neurological Clinic where I have worked with people diagnosed with brain tumours, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain Injuries, Apraxia and Stroke patients. As part of the placement, I worked in the ICU where I conducted Facial Oral Tract Therapy (FOTT), individual bed support, body perception and muscle stimulation.
The most rewarding part of my job is to support my clients to gain confidence and develop independence to enhance their well-being. It gives me great job satisfaction when I see how proud they are of their achievements in being able to manage their own personal living skills with greater simplicity and pride.
Siobhan Andrews (OT Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Southern Cross University (currently enrolled, 4th year)
I am currently studying Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University. I am passionate about supporting clients of all ages to develop strategies that enable them to participate in daily activities that are meaningful in their lives. Working with children, families, and adults is highly rewarding, as I consider being able to assist and promote independence and quality of life as a privilege.
My placement experience includes health promotion, child development, home and community, and rehabilitation. During this time, I developed interventions focused on fine motor, visual-motor integration, and building attention and concentration skills. I have completed assessments, initial reports, and provided recommendations for home modification and equipment prescription. I have also assisted with group sessions including cognitive tasks, meal preparation and upper limb rehabilitation. I have also been involved in Implementing family-centred strategies and programs that assist and promote client’s and family’s achievements with short and long term goals.
Stacey Jackson (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, James Cook University
I have over ten years experience as an Occupational Therapist (OT), predominantly in the area of paediatrics (0-18 years). I first worked in rural Queensland, commuting with the "Flying Doctor’s Service" to some of the most remote parts of Australia. Following this, I moved to the United Kingdom where I took a role in the acquired brain injury rehabilitation unit for children, in Surrey. I then went on to further my experience in both mainstream and special schools as the lead OT, working with local authorities and key stakeholders to develop and provide seamless family and children centred therapy services. I have a particular interest in children with developmental co-ordination difficulties (fine and gross motor), sensory modulation difficulties and profound and multiple learning disabilities that impact on independence with every day activities of living (home, school and within the community). In particular, I have extensive experience in:
* Completing comprehensive assessments to determine a child’s strengths and needs
* Providing detailed reports that highlight the functional difficulties that impact on participation and the desired outcomes to meet a child’s needs
* Development of tailored programs that focus on sensory processing difficulties; handwriting, toileting, motor-coordination, dressing, eating, bathing, bike riding, scissor skills, community independence etc
* Providing 1:1 and group based therapy sessions or education/training to parents/carers, school staff and other key contacts
* Assessing and prescribing specialist seating and wheelchairs for children at home and school
Further to this, I have worked with adults and the elderly population, providing assessments, equipment and strategies, with the aim to maintain independence and safety within the home setting.
Stephanie Charlesworth (SP-QLD)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Australian Catholic University
I have experience as a paediatric Speech Pathologist seeing clients in a variety of settings including their home, school, childcare centre and clinic. My experience includes speech and language delays, literacy delays and developing pragmatic skills. As a student, I also had experience working with adults in an aged care and hospital setting including assessment and intervention of dysphagia, aphasia and dysarthria.
I have a strong passion for working with paediatrics. I believe in the importance of working closely with parents, teachers and other support staff to provide the best possible outcome for clients.
Tegan Noonan (OT Aide-NSW)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Western Sydney University (currently enrolled)
I am currently a mature aged university student studying Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University. This area of study really stood out to me as I have always thoroughly enjoyed helping others and working with people.
During my studies I have gained some clinical knowledge in working with both children and adults through work experience. I have worked on a community-based project which focused on developing cognitive skills in toddlers and infants at playgroups in a low socio economic area. I thoroughly enjoyed this as I had the opportunity to think creatively when designing games that would meet the aims of the project. I have also had work experience in home modifications, mostly for clients over 65 who needed major bathroom modifications.
I am a mother and enjoy spending my free time with my son and watching him grow and am always looking for ways in which I can assist him with his development through play. I am fascinated in all areas of a child’s development and am eager to work with children in Occupational Therapy as my career, once I graduate.
Thu Tran (OT-QLD)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), University of Queensland
I am a highly passionate Occupational Therapist who is devoted to helping my clients achieve their goals. I believe that everyone has their own set of unique strengths, preferences and needs. When working with clients and their families, I aim to customise strategies to suit them. I have been fortunate to have a diverse range of clinical experiences including working with children, adults and families in community, hospital and private practice settings. I am especially skilled in performing screening assessments, running skill development programs and providing individualised therapy in areas such as fine motor, self-management, emotion regulation, social skills, gross motor, and academic skills. I believe in providing a supportive environment and enjoy using meaningful and engaging means to help people reach their full potential.