Specialities: Occupational Therapist
Locations Serviced: Perth, Northam
I graduated from Curtin University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with First Class Honours. I also have a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education (2009) and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from Edith Cowan University (1994). I have worked alongside children and teenagers for over 25 years and am passionate at advocating for children and teenagers to support them maximising their potential at home, school and in the community.
During my time as a GymbaROO Teacher (2010-2014) and Manager (2011-2013) I was motivated to continue learning about neurodevelopment and was inspired to return to university in 2014 to complete further studies so that I could specialise in Paediatric Occupational Therapy. I have an interest in retained primitive reflexes and their impact on school aged children’s ability to engage in activities of daily living (school, play and self-care). I am able to develop strategies including seated positioning supports, play based movement games and education/upskilling of families and educators to address a child’s retained primitive reflexes.
I have experience working with children and people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory processing challenges and gross/fine motor developmental delays. I am passionate about looking at issues people are experiencing with a holistic approach and enjoy the challenge of creative problem solving and collaboration alongside families, Teachers, and other Therapists involved in helping children/teenagers progress with their goals.
Every day I learn new things from the children and teenagers I support, and being part of their lives is a joy that helps to keep me young at heart.