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.
Emma is an Occupational Therapist who 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 and primary school 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 for the past decade. She has also attended advanced training in conducting the ADOS-2 assessments to assist in the diagnosis of children with ASD.
Emma 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. This includes the availability of home and school consultation visits as well as direct therapy and parent coaching. Emma brings experience and support for children with goals in the following areas:
- Daily Life Skills (Toileting, Sleeping, Feeding, Dressing)
- Sensory and Emotional Regulation
- Play and Social Skills
- Visual Perception
- Motor Skills and Coordination (Ball Skills, Handwriting)
Understanding the importance of family-centred therapy, Emma provides individualized, practical strategies to help achieve goals in everyday life. She works part-time from the North Lakes offices of Paeds in a Pod.
Outside of work Emma enjoys spending time with her two children, family, friends and getting outdoors in the natural environment when she can.
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: