Paediatric Occupational Therapist
BApSc (OT)North Lakes
Occupational Therapy helps people to achieve independence and success with their daily life tasks. For children this focus is on helping children with skills for playing, learning and self-care.
As an Occupational Therapist, Emma enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and their families to understand their challenges and find therapeutic solutions that fit with the child, their daily activities and their environment. She has worked with children since 2002 in both early intervention (18 months and up) and primary school-aged roles as well as working with Disability and Health Services, Education and Not-For-Profit Charities across multiple Australian states.
Emma is passionate about helping children who experience challenges in regulation and connecting with others – leading her to specialise in working with children with ASD and their families for the past decade. She also has extensive experience working as part of a developmental assessment team evaluating both child development and behavioural challenges. Emma is skilled in play-based assessment and can administer a range of standardised assessments, including sensory assessments, when required.
Emma understands the impact developmental delays and complex issues can have on daily life and her style of therapy is adaptable to suit the needs of the child and family. She is a certified Co-Op therapist which is current best-practice for children with DCD. Emma is trained and skilled in child-led approaches to helping children with ASD and enjoys coaching families to help their children connect and interact with others as well as working with children directly. She has completed the Sequential Oral Sensory training to help problem feeders too. Emma brings experience and support for children with goals in the following areas:
- Daily Life Skills (Toileting, Sleeping, Feeding, Dressing)
- Sensory and Emotional Regulation
- Executive Functioning Challenges
- Play and Social Skills
- Visual Perception
- Motor Skills and Coordination (Ball Skills, Handwriting)
Understanding the importance of family-centered therapy, Emma provides individualized, practical strategies to help achieve goals in everyday life. Outside of work Emma enjoys spending time with her two children, family, friends and getting outdoors when she can. Emma works part-time from the North Lakes office.
ICDL – http://www.icdl.com/
Social Thinking – https://socialthinking.com.au/what-is-social-thinking/
Some families may be eligible for support funding through Medicare or their private health insurance, depending on the type of cover. Every circumstance is different and it is best to enquire with us and your health fund and to understand the options outlined in these links:
- Chronic Disease Management Plan
- Helping Children with Autism