Only About Kids Occupational Therapy
Director and Occupational Therapist
Jess received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Deakin University in 2013. Jess has worked across a number of settings including specialist and mainstream schools, community-based services, private practice and early intervention.
Jess has always been inspired to work in Paediatrics based on experiences with supporting family members with additional needs and has experience in working with children aged 0-16. Jess has great knowledge in working with children on their fine and gross motor skills, handwriting skills, sensory integration, emotional regulation and increasing their independence with self-care tasks including dressing, toileting, sleep and play. Approaches may include targeting the development of a specific skill and/or adapting the task or environment to encourage independence or success!
Jess is largely experienced with working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, sensory processing challenges, ADHD and motor planning and coordination difficulties.
Jess is passionate about working with not only the child, but their families as well. By working alongside parents, carers and teachers, Jess aims to upskill and coach them, so they are able to be their own therapist. After all, they are the experts in their child’s life!
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
An Occupational Therapist can support your child to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. This means helping with those everyday tasks such as dressing, drawing and eating. For children, the term ‘occupation’ includes learning, socialising and most of all – playing and having fun! As children grow, they learn to make sense of the world around them and develop new skills including physical coordination, social skills, emotional maturity and the confidence to try new things.
Occupational Therapists working in paediatrics are experts in evaluating children’s strengths and development, and then create a plan to help them meet their goals. OTs work on skills that children need every day, from writing and typing to being able to zip up their jacket. The earlier a child starts OT, the more effective or beneficial it tends to be. Being able to do daily basic tasks helps to build up kids’ self-esteem and confidence, leading them to feel accomplished and happier!
OAK OT, we can help children with:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sensory Processing Challenges
Attention and concentration challenges
Behaviour and emotional regulation challenges
Motor Coordination delays
Fine and Gross Motor delays
Self-care skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting