293 Springfield Rd
Nunawading VIC 3131

Ph 03 8821 4614

Kerri-anne Telford

Kerri-anne is an enthusiastic and experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist. From a young age Kerri-anne had one goal in life “to make a difference to the lives of others”. This led Kerri-anne to pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist. Kerri-anne completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University in 2007 and since then has continued to grow and develop her skills in a range of areas and believes in life long learning. Since completing her degree Kerri-anne has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of children and families and this brings her great joy.

Kerri-anne has strong skills in delivering therapy through a range of interventions and draws on numerous therapeutic interventions when working with children and their families to deliver the best possible outcomes. Kerri-anne is experienced in sensory processing, praxis, play skills, behavioural interventions and social emotional development, including being instructed in the use of the Social Thinking® concepts by Michelle Garcia Winner. Kerri-anne values the importance of regulation techniques including mindfulness and principles from the Alert program. Kerri-anne is highly experienced in delivering therapy using the DIR®/Floortime™ Model of intervention. In 2011 Kerri-anne completed the DIR® B Certification in the US, and in 2012 completed the DIR® C training. Kerri-anne is now internationally recognised as an Intermediate DIR®/Floortime™ provider. Kerri-anne continue to engage in the profession and many professional development activities that arise.

Kerri-anne loves to work with children and adolescents from 0-18. Kerri-anne has vast experience working with children and adolescents with a range of challenges from social emotional difficulties, sensory processing and praxis challenges, regulation and behavioural issues, picky feeders and problem feeders, to children with more complex developmental challenges. Kerri-anne works collaboratively with families and other key stakeholders to develop individual plans to empower children and foster their development. Kerri-anne also relishes the opportunity to support teachers and early years educators and others working with children to help all children reach their full potential.

Kerri-anne is registered to provide services through Helping Children with Autism, Better Start, NDIS and Medicare; including Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan, Chronic Disease Management plan, and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Kerri-anne is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

In recent times Kerri-anne has focused on developing a strong therapeutic team to help many more children and families than she could on her own and has focused her time supporting and mentoring her team. Kerri-anne has also become a mother herself and now has her own child development project, little Matilda.

Caitlin Waters

Caitlin is an enthusiastic paediatric Occupational Therapist, with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and their families.  Caitlin graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Monash university and a Bachelor Degree in Arts (Psychology).

Caitlin takes a holistic approach to therapy, tailoring her approach to suit the unique needs of each child and family. She has experience working with children and adolescents with a range of developmental challenges. Caitlin enjoys using a play based approach to therapy, and tailors each therapy session towards the child and their individual interests to ensure that the session is both motivating and fun. Caitlin is passionate about recognising each child’s individuality, their strengths, and capabilities to support them to reach their full potential.

Caitlin has a love of learning and is continually seeking new opportunities to broaden her skillset and enhance the effectiveness of the therapy she provides. Caitlin engages is regular mentoring sessions to ensure her children get the most out of therapy.

Caitlin looks forward to being apart of your family’s team; watching your children grow and achieve their goals!

Caitlin is registered to provide services through Helping Children with Autism, Better Start, NDIS and Medicare; including Chronic Disease Management plan,  and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Caitlin is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

Courtenay Liddy

Courtenay is a passionate paediatric Occupational Therapist who enjoys working collaboratively with children and their families to reach their goals. Courtenay completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University. Courtenay provides therapy utilising TeleHealth.

Courtenay has worked with children of all ages to achieve varying goals. She has experience working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, anxiety and regulation challenges. She practices using a client-centered, strengths based approach to ensure that children and their families feel supported and heard.

Special Interests & Professional Development:

  • Your Best Self – The Alert Program For All
  • Foundation Coach Approach for Early Childhood Intervention with Jacqui Snider
  • The Traffic Jam in my Brain with Genevieve Jereb
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotions with Dr Tony Attwood and Sue Larkey
  • The Action is in the Interaction ~ Training in the DIR Floortime Approach
  • Courtenay is consistently working to develop her skills as a paediatric Occupational Therapist.

Courtenay enjoys building therapeutic relationships with families and supporting them to reach their goals. She also enjoys using TeleHealth to provide therapy – even supporting children to learn to make simple meals in their kitchens at home. Sessions are always tailored to the child and their interests to ensure they are engaged and enjoy their session.

Courtenay is registered to provide services through Helping Children with Autism, NDIS and Medicare; Chronic Disease Management plan, and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Courtenay is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

 

Kathryn Panias

Kathryn is a highly motivated and enthusiastic paediatric Occupational Therapist. Kathryn graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Australian Catholic University, and then went on to complete her Master of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne University. Kathryn has a passion for working with children, particularly those with complex needs, to help them reach their full potential by providing evidence-based and goal-directed therapy. Kathryn believes that working with children is multidimensional, fun and rewarding, and she is passionate about providing family-centred care by working holistically with both children and their families.

Kathryn has experience working with children with a range of conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder through her time at organisations such as Challenge and Portsea Camp. These experiences along with her background in psychology and occupational therapy training has made Kathryn adept at utilising a variety of therapeutic techniques, including compensatory and self-regulation strategies to support children to reach their goals.

Kathryn likes to use a strength-based approach in her practice, whereby she focuses on identifying and building upon each child’s abilities and strengths, to accommodate for or reduce challenges. Specifically, during her time at Portsea Camp, Kathryn implemented group activities for social skills development and adopted a strength-based approach, encouraging the children to build on their passion and confidence.

Special Interests & Professional Development:

  • Your Best Self – The Alert Program For All
  • Foundation Coach Approach for Early Childhood Intervention with Jacqui Snider.
  • Creative Ways to Help Children Understand Emotions with Dr Suzanne Barett and Dr Fiona Zandt
  • The Action is in the Interaction ~ Training in the DIR Floortime Approach
  • Kathryn is particularly interested in helping children with sensory processing difficulties to manage these issues and work towards full participation in activities that are meaningful to them.

Overall, Kathryn is a highly attentive and caring therapist who likes to continuously expand her occupational therapy skillset and incorporate fun and creative ways to make her sessions enjoyable and effective.

Kathryn is registered to provide services through Helping Children with Autism, NDIS and Medicare; Chronic Disease Management plan, and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Kathryn is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

Ella McGrath

Ella is a warm and enthusiastic paediatric Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families to achieve their individual goals.

Ella graduated with Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast and has since gained experience in varying paediatric roles. Ella also has over 5 years of experience working with children in multiple roles, including after school hours care, vacation care programs and sports orientated school holiday programs.

Ella has experience working with children with range of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, intellectual disabilities, sensory processing differences, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, anxiety, regulation and behavioural challenges and varying genetic conditions. Ella is committed to professional learning and developing her skills and knowledge to strengthen herself and her abilities as a therapist to assist her clients.

Special Interests & Professional Development:

  • Your Best Self – The Alert Program For All
  • Anxious Kids – Moving From Anxiety to Resilience with Dr Jodi Richardson
  • Ella has completed training in the DIR/Floortime model of intervention and uses the child-led, developmental and relationship-based approach to underpin her therapeutic approach.

Ella loves building strong therapeutic relationships with all clients and their families and creating environments that children feel comfortable to be their true selves. Ella is passionate about using a play-based, strengths-orientated approach and tailors each therapy experience to the interests of the child, ensuring therapy is always motivating, playful and fun! Ella is excited to continue striving to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Ella is registered to provide services through Helping Children with Autism, NDIS and Medicare; Chronic Disease Management plan, and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Kathryn is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

Kate Parker

Kate is an enthusiastic Paediatric Occupational Therapist, passionate about working  collaboratively with children and their families. Kate graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Monash University, and a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sport Science.

She has experience supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and various sensory sensitivities, and is passionate about supporting children to thrive in all aspects of life. She believes in taking a strengths-based and family-centric approach, with a focus on supporting the wellbeing of both caregivers and their children.

Kate also has experience within the community setting partnering with local government bodies to develop a ‘How-to’ tool on the design and creation of community-based sensory rooms.

Special Interests & Professional Development:

  • Your Best Self – The Alert Program
  • Hartley Knows Handwriting Training
  • Kate has a particular interest in play and sensory development
  • She believes that creativity and self-expression can assist in enabling engagement in meaningful occupations.
  • Kate loves learning new things and is committed to lifelong learning as an Occupational Therapist.

Overall, Kate is a motivated and creative therapist who prides herself on tailoring therapy to suit the needs of the individual. She adopts an intuitive, playful and child-led approach to therapy, which enables a healthy and strong foundation on which to develop long-standing, therapeutic relationships with her clients.

Kate is registered to provide services through NDIS and Medicare; Chronic Disease Management plan, and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Kate is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

Madison Henwood

Madison graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor in Applied Science. Prior to commencing her OT career Madison had experience working as an inclusion support worker with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and other intellectual disabilities. As well as experience working with adults with brain injury and the elderly. All of these skills and experiences have provide Madison with incredible skills to commence her professional career as an OT.

Madison loves working with children and their families on developing individualised goals to support a child’s development. She is passionate about promoting independence to assist the development of confidence, self esteem, social skills and general wellbeing.

Special Interests & Professional Development:

  • Your Best Self – The Alert Program
  • The Traffic Jam in my Brain with Genevieve Jereb
  • Madison has special interest working with children with physical disabilities and sensory processing challenges as well as children with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities or developmental delays.

Madison endeavours to use a strengths-based approach when working with clients; recognising their potential, interests, abilities, strengths and capacities of each individual and their family to reach their full potential. Madison has seen the impact OT can have on her family and friends which is why she followed her passion to become an OT.

Madison is registered to provide services through NDIS and Medicare; Chronic Disease Management plan, and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Kate is also registered to provide services with the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.

Sarah Milner

Sarah is a passionate paediatric occupational therapist with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from LaTrobe University and is also a mum to her four children. Sarah is particularly interested in sensory regulation and supporting children with autism, attention hyperactivity disorder and sensory processing disorder. She also has experience working with children with hearing impairment and has also worked in the age care sector.

Sarah takes a family centred and wholistic approach, working along side families and their children to develop individualised goals that facilitate the well-being of the children and their caregivers. Sarah aims to use a individualised and strengths-based approach when working with children, by understanding and building upon a child’s individual interests, abilities and strengths to facilitate independence, self-esteem and well-being. She likes to take a play-based and child-led approach,  making therapy sessions fun and motivating!

 

Sarah enjoys furthering her learning through professional development opportunities, so that she can continue developing her knowledge and skills in order to best support families. Sarah attends regular mentoring sessions and is committed to learning and improving her skills and knowledge.

 

 

Sarah is registered to provide services through Helping Children with Autism, Better Start, NDIS and Medicare; including Chronic Disease Management plan,  and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative twenty sessions. Sarah is also registered to provide services with  the relevant Private Health Insurance extras.