Occupational Therapists help children to achieve independence with their daily activities. They use the ‘occupations’ or jobs of childhood to bring change. These jobs are play, learning and self care.
Children keep very busy and have so many skills to learn before they launch into the world as independent young adults. These include playing, emotional regulation, concentrating, developing friendships, taking care of their personal needs (dressing/ eating/ toileting), literacy, problem solving and organisation. Their personality, sensory make-up and motivations also feed into their development across all of these areas.
Occupational Therapists aim to make development smooth, meaningful and motivating. To kids, this looks like ‘I want to do it!’, ‘I can do it!’ and ‘This is FUN!’. Independence & well-being are the ultimate aims in Occupational Therapy.
To streamline services for our families, Kids That Go has developed a combined Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy Assessment and Report package. If your child requires a broad developmental assessment, this combined service will halve your appointments and paperwork with the added bonus of collaborative care between health professionals. For more information, see our Fees guide.
Occupational Therapist, Director
- Continence specialist
- Developmental & sensory assessment
- Anxiety & behaviour
- Chronic illness
Since graduating from the University of Queensland in 2001, I have predominantly worked in the areas of child development and continence. However my greatest training comes from raising 3 children. My passion is to serve local families who are tackling tough issues such as wee/poo troubles, difficult behaviours, difficulties at school and unique sensory processing characteristics. My approach is informed by evidence-based practice and deep understanding of the physiology of the human body, however I strive to balance these with practical ‘real world’ solutions tailored to the individual family’s situation.
In my down-time I love time with my family, chatting with friends over coffee, card making and walking our puppy Sally.
Rebecca is frequently asked to speak on the topic of Paediatric Continence in Australia and wrote the Conquering Wees & Poos (© Queensland Health) learning package for other clinicians at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in 2011. If you are interested in having her inservice your team or organisation, please Contact Us.
Rebecca is registered to receive Enhanced Primary Care/Chronic Disease Management Plan referrals from GP's.
- Sensory processing
- Handwriting & fine motor
I have experience in school, home and clinic based therapy working with children of a range of ages and abilities. Whilst most of my role at Kids that Go is based in the clinic, I enjoy working closely with families and teachers to understand how best to support the child across settings.
I tailor my sessions to target each child’s specific needs while celebrating their strengths and having some fun along the way. I am constantly delighted by each child’s unique personality and look forward to working with your family.
Outside of work you'll find me hiking and brunching with friends and having play dates with my niece and nephews.
Breanna is registered to receive Enhanced Primary Care/Chronic Disease Management Plan referrals from GP's.
- Continence and self-care
- Emotional regulation
- Developmental and sensory assessment
I am passionate about supporting children and families to be heard and feel empowered. I enjoy working collaboratively to support children to increase their independence and confidence in everyday tasks, whilst cultivating a therapeutic connection through play. I have a keen interest in the areas of self-care, including toileting and sleep and supporting development in the early years.
My experience as an Occupational Therapist since graduating in 2006, ranges from working in developmental paediatrics, school transition support and child, youth and adult mental health. As a mother, I have lived experience supporting and advocating for a child with additional needs, which further fuels my empathy and professional commitment to continue to empower others through evidence based, family-centred therapy.
Outside my professional life, I love to spend time with my family by the water, exploring new places and capturing memories with my camera along the way.
Shayla is registered to receive Enhanced Primary Care/Chronic Disease Management Plan referrals from GP's.
- Child development
- Capacity building
Since graduating in 2008 from University of Queensland I have worked predominately with children here in Brisbane and in London within a range of multidisciplinary teams in clinic-based, school, home and hospital settings.
I enjoy working with children and their families to help them develop independence and confidence in everyday activities. Hearing about the small (and big) wins from parents is something I really love, and I especially enjoy the feedback from children on their achievements. I strive to work collaboratively with children and their parents to problem solve specific ideas and strategies that will work for them at home/school on a daily basis. In addition to working collaboratively with families, I value working with other clinicians/health professionals involved in the child’s care.
I contract to Kids that Go on a Saturday morning and work for Queensland Health during the week. My work at Queensland Health involves a project role, as well as being part of a multidisciplinary team that assesses and helps parents to understand their child’s development, and links them with appropriate community services.
Outside of work I enjoy brunching, socialising and planning the next travel adventure.
Lucy is registered to receive Enhanced Primary Care/Chronic Disease Management Plan referrals from GP's.