I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 1998. I have worked as a senior OT in the public sector (disability and community health) and more recently in the private sector. I have had experience working with children all of all ages and a wide range of difficulties (including children with global developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and specific learning difficulties). My main area of interest is in handwriting skills and working with preschool-age children in developing their pre-writing skills!
I created and co-admin the Australian Paediatric Occupational Therapy Facebook, which currently has a membership of over 1000 members from across Australia. Find this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359086877824768/
I have also co-authored The Handwriting Book , The Scissor Skills Books and The Toilet Training Book. I have also written the Sensory Diet Activity Guide Book as well as all the resources found at the Your Kids OT shop. ($Aus) These resources are also availabe at the YKOT Teachers Pay Teachers Store ($US). Resources I have created are firstly designed for my own use and then shared.
I am an advocate for incidental learning and finding opportunities to teach kids in everyday life. A simple walk around the block can be a lesson in colour and number recognition, counting, turn taking, waiting as well as gross motor opportunities for hopping, skipping or bike riding. I love finding ways to encourage a child's development in their natural environments.
I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Children often don't realise that they are learning when they are having fun and absorbed in an activity! I love sharing my ideas and as an OT; I am always creating new resources.
I hope that Your Kids OT will be a source of creative ways to engage your kids in their learning and development.
Watch my "Hello You-Tube" video to "meet" me!
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I recognize that children learn at their own pace and will achieve milestones at different ages. Your child may also be limited by a disability or illness. Any ages listed are to be used as a guide.
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Resources are available from Your Kids OT shop which are instantly downloadable to use at home, in the classroom or clinic. The handwriting resources have been created in NSW Foundation Font. If you would like these resources in another font or if you have any feedback or queries, please contact me here. Resources are also available via Teachers Pay Teachers.
Direct Therapy Services
Occupational therapy supervision within Australia is now provided via Zoom.
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Telehealth services are now being provided to families within Australia.
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What is OT?
Paediatric OTs help children to achieve developmental milestones (such as, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination). Paediatric OTs educate and involve parents, carers, educators and others to facilitate learning and development.
You can find out more information on the Occupational Therapy Australia website.
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