Specialities: Occupational Therapist
Locations Serviced: Perth, Albany, Goomalling, Katanning, Kojonup, Northam, Wongan Hills
I graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) First Class Honours.
I always wanted to work with children, and so when my schools career counsellor suggested occupational therapy to me I knew it would be the right career path for me. Whilst completing my studies I was fortunate enough to be a part of some of the fun programs and school screenings with KZ Speech, and from the minute I walked in the door I knew I was somewhere special.
Through my university practicums I gained valuable experience working with both children and their families. After completing my 4th year paediatric placement I developed a passion for working in a family-centred and holistic manner helping to increase children’s independence, happiness and safety engaging in everyday activities. I enjoy incorporating my love of being creative in my sessions with my clients, and getting to know all about my client’s passions and incorporating these into our work together. I’m always inspired by the children and families I meet, and enjoy being part of their journey.
I am particularly interested in the areas of sensory processing, self-care skills, play skills and fine motor skills. I am a strong believer in play based learning (particularly in a child’s earlier years). I endeavour to better my skills and knowledge by seeking out learning opportunities, and am currently a member of the Developmental Occupational Therapy interest group WA (DOT WA). I have attended the Traffic Jam in My Brain training course for sensory processing and completed further studies in executive functioning and visual perception issues with children with disabilities. I am trained to assess and treat children with feeding difficulties using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding. This approach integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioural/learning, medical and nutritional factors to evaluate and manage children with feeding problems.
I love to travel, and have been lucky enough to go to India. Whilst in India I volunteered at an orphanage where I was inspired by the resilience and positive attitude towards life that the children had.
Growing up I had a passion for music, having played the flute since I was seven, and like to incorporate music into my therapy sessions. I love singing and dancing, however have been told I don’t do either particularly well. I enjoy spending time with my family and dog, cooking (and eating!) …. and of course being an OT!