Emma Crook

Emma Crook

Occupational Therapist

B OccThy (Hons)Ashgrove

Emma Crook is a graduate Occupational Therapist with a particular interest in working with young children through an early intervention approach. Emma can help with skills children need in their everyday life, such as self-care skills including toileting, play, eating a meal, as well as skills needed for school and social participation.

Emma completed her undergraduate honours research in family-centred practice. She studied how parents and caregivers of infants managed, planned, and coordinated their own activities of daily life as well as the activities of caring for their babies. To this end, Emma takes a family-centred approach, aiming to understand what the family’s everyday life really looks like in order to tailor the most meaningful and realistic solutions for the child.

Emma is a Member of Occupational Therapy Australia, having completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours Class 1) through the University of Queensland. While studying to be an OT, Emma gained valuable paediatric experience in a number of roles, including as an educator for Outside School Hours Care, an occupational therapy aide working with paediatric clients through NDIS funding, and a disability support worker for children and young adults.

Emma undertook university placements at Princess Alexandra Hospital and with a Child Development Service for Children’s Health Queensland, as well as school-based placements. Emma also volunteered at Queensland Children’s Hospital in a school holiday clinical trial focused on improving motor skills in children with cerebral palsy.

Emma has always enjoyed spending time with children, so working with children was a natural progression for her. Early in her university studies, working in roles that focused on caring and providing support to children and families solidified her passion. She is especially motivated to be an advocate for people living with disabilities to help children and families get the support they need.

The most rewarding part of being a paediatric OT for Emma is seeing children grow in their confidence and self-belief when they acquire or master a new skill, and witnessing the joy that brings to the child and their family.

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