I have been providing Occupational Therapy (OT) services to SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS for over ten years. My interest in OT and working with people with disabilities was first sparked during a volunteering experience at a Special Education Developmental Unit in my younger years. I have always had an interest in and passion for paediatrics, particularly in regards to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My favourite part of being an OT 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. My therapy combines a “top-down” (functional) with a “bottom-up” (sensory) approach that incorporates the use of evidence-based practice (EBP). I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged three months to 18 years with diagnoses including 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 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 (ADL), including dressing and feeding
– Sensory programs
I have also worked with older clients (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.