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Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy for Tamariki/Children

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Paediatric physiotherapists and occupational therapists help babies, children and young people to flourish and achieve their chosen occupations to the best of their abilities. Occupations can include anything from getting up in the morning to eating and drinking, riding a bike, playing with friends, or writing a story at school.

We use fun, engaging activities to help children succeed in meeting the daily occupations of childhood, for example, self-care, play, sleep, using a scooter, or writing a story. Our therapists are experienced, empathetic, practical and empowering. We are a family centred practice, providing an individualised approach focussed on your child and family goals.

We offer services for children aged 0 to 16 years who have a range of physical, neurological, cognitive, social, sensory, emotional and developmental needs. We provide a number of different services tailored to your child's needs as well as providing coaching for families and caregivers.

Our therapists at Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are experienced, empathetic, practical and empowering. We partner with paediatricians, speech language therapists, and other specialists to provide a collaborative service for children and their families.

Our vision is to provide quality, best practice therapy services for families and children, and to maximise potential and build fulfilling lives, as a team.
Our mission is to, in partnership with families, provide high quality, best practice therapy services that maximize each individual child’s potential and participation in life activities.

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What we do

Our Favourite Words and the Life Wheel


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The F-Words Life Wheel is an interviewing and coaching approach to facilitate conversations and goal setting for children and their families, caregivers and educators. The F-Words Life Wheel was developed by Lucy Charles and Arul Hamill of Paediatric OT NZ, and Kelly Reynolds from Kidsplus Australia in collaboration with CanChild Canada.

In 2011, Rosenbaum and Gorter developed CanChild’s six F-Words  that focus on childhood development domains: Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future. The F-Words build upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework. CanChild hoped to encourage people in the childhood development field to adopt a more inclusive, strengths-based way of thinking and to apply these concepts in their work with children with disabilities and their families. 

Building on the work done by Rosenbaum and Gorter and CanChild’s F-words research group, and utilising coaching tools and techniques, Lucy, Arul and Kelly developed the F-Words Life Wheel. They have found this an invaluable tool for facilitating rich and meaningful conversations and enabling meaningful goal setting, based on what is important to children and families in their given contexts and situations.

Who we see


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Children aged 0 to 16 years with:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorders
  • Delays in Development
  • Difficulties with Information Processing
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Neurological Conditions (Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Other Specific Syndromes
  • Prematurity
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Sensory Processing Difficulties
  • Social & Emotional Difficulties

Consults, assessments and therapy


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Consults, assessments and therapy sessions are carried out in a number of different ways and settings including teletherapy and face to face sessions at home, school, preschool or in a clinic.

We assess and support next steps considering the following:

  • The F-words (CanChild and World Health Oganisation International Classification of Function)
  • Family, Function at home, school and community, Fitness, Friends, Fun and Future
  • Interruptions to development from birth, including sensory, motor and cognitive function
  • Organisational and functional skills
  • Play skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Motor skills
  • Information processing
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Daily living and self care skills
  • Learning and school participation

We draw on a number of evidence-based theories and practices to develop and frame our interventions, including:

  • Neurodevelopment (Bobath) information processing (Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform model—PRPP)
  • Sensory processing and integration occupational performance (Occupational Performance Coaching)
  • Attachment and relationships (newborn behaviour observations, Touchpoints)
  • Respiration (Mary Massery) Musculoskeletal, Posture and Movement

Therapy services


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Our therapy sessions, evaluations, and task analysis enable us to build bridges, remove barriers and provide strategies for you and your child to reach their goals. When working with babies and children we use fun, engaging activities to help them succeed in meeting the daily occupations of childhood, e.g., self care, play, sleep, moving physically from place to place, writing a story and relating to others.

Following assessment, strategies are put in place to enable children to master tasks that are challenging for them. Strategies are specific to your child's behaviours which are identified during the assessment process. Instructional methods are used to address behaviours, incorporating cues, prompts, strategies and preferences.

Coaching and establishing goals:

  • We listen and support the goals you want your child to achieve
  • We listen to your child's hopes and dreams
  • We give parents the skills and knowledge to "do therapy" everyday
  • We enable you to overcome the everyday barriers for your child

Family, fun, friends, fitness, future:

  • Riding a bike or scooter
  • Using the playground
  • Meal times: eating and drinking
  • Walking and crawling
  • Playing with friends, toys and games
  • School: writing a story and packing your bag
  • Exams: special conditions
  • Relating to others
  • Dressing, toileting and washing self
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Managing self, including emotions and regulation

Multidisciplinary assessments


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Multidisciplinary assessments are recommended for differential diagnosis and planning for next steps for children with a range of complex needs:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Congenital conditions
  • Neurological conditions (e.g., cerebral palsy)
  • Developmental coordination disorder (DCD)/dyspraxia

The mltidisciplinary team includes an Occupational Therapist, Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist and other professions that we collaborate with for children and their families.

Occupational therapy assessments


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Assessments and approaches are linked to the Canadian Occupational Performance Model looking at a child holistically and the child's ability to do everyday tasks at school, home and community. Paediatric Occupational therapists assess and support next steps for a range of areas in life including:

  • Neuro development
  • Play skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Information processing
  • Visual processing
  • Self-care and independence skills
  • Emotional regulation and social skills
  • School participation: learning, handwriting, friendships
  • Routines and daily living tasks, organisational skills
  • Childrens Constipation and Incontinence, state and regulation, managing self, toilet learning competence and confidence

Physiotherapy assessments


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Physiotherapist assessments are integral to our practice. Paediatric physiotherapists assess and support next steps for a range of conditions including:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Constipation and children's incontinence with a focus on the pelvic floor and breathing
  • Developmental delay
  • Hypermobility
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurophysiological
  • Pain management
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Toe walking
  • Torticollis

Orthotic clinics & adaptive equipment


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We work closely with a highly experienced orthotist—SSD Ltd to provide othotics assessments and equipment.

The orthotist and a physiotherapist or occupational therapist perform neurophysiological and musculoskeletal assessments, prescription and fitting of neurophysiological devices and orthoses, to help:

  • Postural control
  • Proprioceptive feedback loop
  • Alignment and correction
  • Pain management
  • Muscle strengthening

Equipment may be used to enable your child to participate in everyday tasks, for example: adapted cutlery, seating, curriculum adaptation, pencil grips, specific toys to facilitate play etc.

Specific interests & programmes


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Infant massage

Join one of our infant massage group sessions. We follow the International Association of Infant Massage www.infantmassagenewzealand.org

Intensives

We run intensive therapy sessions over a week of two (occupational therapy and physiotherapy).

National, International and the Islands

We see babies, infants and children from throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand and from the Pacific Islands.
We journey alongside families from the Pacific Islands including the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.

Next steps

Down Syndrome baby and infant “Next Steps” Sessional blocks.

Group sessions

We run group sessions for:

  • Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
  • Lego-based therapy group.
  • Learning to ride your bicycle sessions in the park.

Workshops & training


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We provide the following training and workshops:

  • Knowledge translation workshops
  • Clinical reasoning workshops
  • F-Words Life Wheel workshops
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) training with Lucy Charles and Arul Hamill
  • Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform (PRPP) Stage 1 workshops with Arul Hamill and Wendy Burrows

Go to our events signup page for upcoming events.

Please contact us for current information or if you or your service would like us to run a work shop for your team.

Supervision


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Lucy Charles and Arul Hamill are registered OTNZ supervisors. We provide both professional and clinical supervision. Please contact us if you would like to organise supervision sessions.

Who we are

Arul Hamill, Occupational Therapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand Registration (NZROT 1988)
Australian Registration (OT Australia 2013)
Founding member of the International PRPP instructors Network (2014)
Member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand/Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Experience

Arul has over 25 years of experience working with babies, infants and children. She is passionate about valuing the voice of infants, children and families.

She worked in Child Development teams from 1991 to 1999 before running a Private Practice from 2003 and worked with ACC and school learning support units.

Arul has experience working with children with Developmental delay, Syndromes, Cerebral Palsy, Head injuries including Shaken baby syndrome, Prematurity, Learning disability, Neurological conditions, Equipment support, cross cultural support and working in the community including clinic, home and school.

Specific training

Arul has completed post grad training in many areas including the following:

  • Foundation Bobath, Baby Bobath and Advanced Baby Bobath certification
  • Neurobiology and development
  • Infant Massage International Association of Infant Massage
  • Sensory Integration theory and Practice
  • Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform PRPP assessment and Intervention of Information Processing
  • Sensory Processing and Profile
  • SOS (Sequential, Oral Sensory) Approach to feeding
  • If you can’t breathe, you can’t function—Lifespan lab course (Mary Massery PT)
  • Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)
  • Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC)
  • Upper Limb Performance Assessment (ULPA)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • Supervision NZ Coaching and Mentoring

Workshops, teaching and clinical supervision

Arul has taught, educated and supervised in New Zealand and Australia, including the following:

  • Integrating coaching into practice with families
  • Learner profile with Down Syndrome
  • Understanding ADHD, ASD, cerebral palsy, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and anxiety for young people processing information in their community programs—Recreate
  • Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform Workshop, Introduction and stage 1—Co-presenter with Wendy Burrows
  • Occupational Performance Coaching (co-teaching)
  • Clinical Reasoning and Knowledge Translation workshops
  • F-Words Life Wheel Courses

Lucy Charles, Occupational Therapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

  • British Diploma of College of Occupational Therapy (DipCOT 1986)
  • New Zealand Registration (NZROT) 1993
  • Australian registration (Aphra) 2016
  • Member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand/Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa
  • Registered Occupational Performance Coaching trainer

Experience

Lucy is a co-founder of Paediatric Occupational Therapy. She has over 25 years of experience working in the UK and NZ with Children aged 0 to 18 years in Child Development Services, Mainstream Schools, Specialised Units and Private Practice.

Lucy currently works with children aged 5 to 18 years with delays in their development: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Specific Learning Disorders, Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD), Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, (FASD) Sensory Processing Difficulties, Prematurity, Cerebral Palsy, Neurological Conditions, Syndromes, Global Developmental Delay and Anxiety Disorders. As well as children with social emotional needs or lags in their development of specific skills needed for school, friendships, fun, and function at home or school.

Lucy is passionate about walking alongside children and their families, hearing their stories and empowering them to reach their hopes and dreams in life. She embeds best practice guidelines and up to date clinical reasoning into her practice as well as coaching models and cognitive behavioural frameworks. She advocates for children’s voices to be heard, to ensure positive mental health, strong family connections, success at school, fun and meaningful participation in everyday life.

Specific training

Lucy had many years of training, including the following courses:

  • Neuro-developmental Theory (Bobath)
  • Sensory Integration (Theory and Practice)
  • PRPP (Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform) Information processing Assessment and Intervention
  • Professional Life Coaching (International Coaching Federation approved)
  • Occupational Performance Coaching (trainer programme)
  • Team Teach (Positive Behavioural Management)
  • Supervisor for Health Professional and OT Students (UNITEC)
  • Upper Limb Performance Assessment (ULPA)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Supervision

  • Registered Supervisor, Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ)
  • Registered Supervisor Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ WNA)
  • Coach and Mentor for Health Professionals
  • Clinical and professional supervisor
  • Occupational Performance Coaching supervisor

Workshops and teaching

Lucy has taught courses in NZ and internationally. She is a Registered Occupational Performance Coaching Trainer and developed the F-Words Life Wheel with Arul Hamill Paediatric OT and Kelly Reynolds Kids plus Foundation Australia in collaboration with Canchild Canada. Arul and Lucy run the F-Words Life Wheel workshops together as well as a number of other courses:

  • Kidsplus Geelong Australia
       Integration coaching into practice with families of children with cerebral palsy
  • Recreate
       Understanding ADHD, ASD, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and anxiety. See through your clients eyes
  • Auckland District Health Board (Starship Community)
       Occupational Performance Coaching co-presenter Dr. Fi Graham
  • Ministry of Education, Rotorua
       Using coaching skills within our practice
  • Australian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
       Occupational Performance Coaching co-presenter Dr. Fi Graham and Jenny Ziviani
  • Parenting Place
       Play Workshop co-presenter Arul Hamill
  • Waitemata DHB and Ministry of Education
       Occupational Performance Coaching co-presenter Dr. Fi Graham
  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Kidsplus, Geelong, Australia
       Clinical Reasoning Workshop; co-presenters: Kelly Reynolds, Dani Atkins
  • Paediatric Society of New Zealand
       Developmental Coordination Disorder co-presenter Annabelle Borrie
  • Choose to Learn Canada
       Occupational Performance Coaching co-presenters Caroline Hui and Arul Hamill
  • Auckland District Health Board (Starship Co  mmunity)
      F-Words Life Wheel co-presenter Arul Hamill
  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy
       F-Words Life Wheel co-presenter Arul Hamill


Christiana Barker, Physiotherapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist (2006 – current)
Member of Physiotherapy NZ
New Zealand Bobath Association Member

Experience

Christiana graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from Auckland University of Technology in 2005. She has over 12 years’ experience working with children, primarily in the areas of paediatric neurology and orthopaedics. Christiana also works part time at Starship Children’s Hospital as a Physiotherapist within Paediatric Orthopaedics and at the Auckland University of Technology for the Starship Clinical Gait Analysis Service.

Christiana has experience in the assessment and management of children with developmental conditions including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, toe-walking and other gait disorders. She also has expertise in serial casting for the management of paediatric equinus deformities in conditions such as cerebral palsy and idiopathic toe-walking.

Specific training

  • Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in Pediatric and Adult Populations, Mary Massery; 2019
  • Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine Conference – Committee Member; 2018
  • Rehabilitating Running in children & adults with neurological conditions; 2017
  • Normal Movement course, NZ Bobath Association; 2017
  • Developmental Orthopaedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity, Beverly Cusick; 2016
  • Paediatric Equinus Deformity Management, Beverly Cusick; 2016
  • Melbourne Clinical Gait Analysis course, Royal Children’s Hospital; 2015
  • Toe Walking Management course, Lisa Persaud; 2015
  • Bobath Paediatric Foundation Course; 2011/2012


Gillian Irwin, Administration and Marketing

Gillian is the mother of two wonderful boys and works part-time for Paediatric O.T. Gillian has extensive experience in strategic marketing in the corporate world.

Jodi Davidson, Occupational Therapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

NZ Registration (NZROT) 2005
Member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand / Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Experience

Jodi has worked in New Zealand and England, in acute hospitals for adults and children. She has worked with inpatients and outpatients with varied diagnoses, including traumatic brain injury, neurological conditions, orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, oncology, rheumatology and chronic pain syndromes.

Jodi is the mother of three young boys.


Lynette Hing, Physiotherapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist (1999 – current)
Member of Physiotherapy NZ

Experience

Lynette graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) from the Otago of University. Since graduating, she has developed a special interest in paediatric physiotherapy. Lynette has gained a wealth of experience over the last 20 years from employment in a variety of sectors and organisations including education, private practice, Starship Children's Hospital, and ACC.

Lynette loves working with children and their families to achieve functional, meaningful goals in order to improve their quality of life and independence.

Recent specific training

  • sEMG biofeedback in neurorehabilitation - Pia Stampe
  • If you can’t breathe, you can’t function - Mary Massery
  • Knowledge translation - theory into practice - Paediatric OT
  • Understanding Autism spectrum disorders - Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett
  • First Aid in the school environment
  • 24 hour postural management
  • Occupational performance coaching - Fi Graham
  • CPR (updated annually)


Merryn Robertson, Physiotherapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist (2008 – current)
Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ)
Member of Paediatric Special Interest Group, PNZ and secretary (2016 – present)
Member of New Zealand Bobath Association
Founding member of the Wired Collective

Experience

Merryn graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004 as well as a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2009 from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. Merryn is a certified Bobath Trained Therapist (2006) and has recently started her Bobath Tutorship Training with the New Zealand Bobath Association. She has over 16 years’ experience working with children, primarily in the areas of paediatric neurology and respiratory. Merryn has worked in a variety of settings within the health and education sectors in South Africa and New Zeeland including the clinic, homes, preschools and schools. She also enjoys volunteer and outreach work, and visited Tonga in 2019 to support children with disabilities in their community.

Merryn has experience in the assessment and management of children with developmental conditions including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, toe-walking and other gait disorders as well as respiratory illnesses in children. 

Merryn is passionate about every child reaching their potential whilst having fun, and enjoys working closely with the child’s whanau to achieve their goals and optimizing their child’s well-being. Merryn is driven to keep learning every day to ensure she stays up to date with international evidence informed practices and uses regular peer reviews and supervision to ensure best practices. Merryn is currently on a national Down’s syndrome working group to review NZ national guidance documents as well as developing evidence informed allied health interventions for school aged children with Down syndrome.

Training and Continued Education

  • Typical Child Development, NZ Bobath Association; 2021
  • The Poo Detectives, Lulu Becker SA; 2021
  • Normal Movement course, NZ Bobath Association; 2020
  • The W-sitting controversy: evidence and science - Billi Cusick; 2020
  • Classification of movement disorders of Cerebral Palsy - NZBA; 2020
  • Early postural control acquisition - Billi Cusick; 2020
  • Expanding postural control into movement - Billi Cusick; 2020
  • sEMG biofeedback in neurorehabilitation - Pia Stampe; 2020
  • Maximizing neuroplasticity and minimize maladaptive habits in children and teenagers with Cerebral Palsy, 2020
  • CALD 2: Working with Migrant Families; 2020
  • Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in Pediatric and Adult Populations, Mary Massery; 2019
  • Engaging Learner’s with complex needs Prof Barry Carpenter; 2019
  • Pelvic floor paediatrics with Julie Wiebe and Shelley Mannell; 2019
  • Pia Stampe: Maximizing Neuroplasticity in children with Cerebral Palsy Key to CP Framework; 2019
  • Bringing the F-words to life workshop Paediatric OT; 2018
  • How do we best deliver therapy? Trends in service delivery models and strategies for knowledge translation with Dr Chantal Camden: Auckland; 2018
  • Toe Walking Management course, Lisa Persaud; 2017
  • Theratog fitters Course; 2017
  • Engage Me - Experience Sharing with students with ASD, 2017
  • Assessment and Treatment of Children with Idiopathic Toe Walking; 2016
  • Developmental Orthopaedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity, Beverly Cusick; 2016
  • Paediatric Equinus Deformity Management, Beverly Cusick; 2016
  • Equipment - Wheelchair and seating assessor & 24 hour postural management Assessor Accessable (updated annually)
  • CALD 8: Working with families with disabilities; 2014
  • Paediatric Upper limb splinting workshop with A. Recordon and A. Coyle; 2011
  • Analysis and problem solving with children with Cerebral Palsy, NZBA Auckland; 2010
  • Working with Pacific Island families; 2010
  • CALD 3: Working with refugee and migrant families, 2010
  • CALD 2: Working with migrants (Asians); 2009
  • Advanced Facilitation 1 Bobath Course, Jean-Pierre Maes; 2009
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) 1: Culture and cultural competency; 2009 
  • Bobath Paediatric Foundation Course South Africa (8 weeks); 2006 
  • CPR (updated annually)


Sally Parton, Physiotherapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist (2001 – Current)
Australian Registered Physiotherapist (1994 – 2002)
New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy Member
Paediatric Special Interest Group Member
VNT Association Member

Experience

Sally is an Australian trained physiotherapist who graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in 1994 and brings to her role over 20 years of experience. She has worked in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. More than 15 years of Sally’s career has been dedicated to working within the area of paediatrics and primarily within Child Development Teams. She is passionate about working with all children and their families. She has a special interest in the birth – 2.5 years age group and for approximately 10 years has focused her practise on this age group, understanding the importance of early intervention for babies who may be delayed in their development or who may have already been diagnosed with a specific condition. Sally has also worked with preschoolers and school aged children with a variety of childhood conditions and/or disabilities.

Her experience includes assessment and treatment of babies and children with developmental delays, intellectual and physical disabilities, syndromes, cerebral palsy, prematurity, neurological conditions, and musculoskeletal problems such as torticollis. She has worked in many settings including clinics, homes, and community settings such as day cares, play groups and schools. She values collaborative working with other services and individuals to incorporate other specialities, cultural and family support.

Specific training

Sally has completed post graduate training in many areas including but not limited to:

  • The Poo Detectives, Lulu Becker SA; 2021
  • 2002 NZBA Inc. Eight Week Paediatric Basic Bobath Course
  • Elaine Owen Paediatric Orthotic and Footwear Management Course
  • Seating to Go: Wheeled Mobility & Postural Management Level 1 and Lying Level 1
  • Brian Hoare Functional Hand Use in Hemiplegia
  • QPRS Conference Spina Bifida and Spina Bifida e-leaning Course (Clinical Skills Development Service QLD)
  • Prechtl's Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements Course Basic
  • HINE Training
  • Supervisor Training
  • Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)


Ursula Gee, Occupational Therapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

NZ Registration (NZROT) 2004
Member of the Australian Neuromuscular Network

Experience

Ursula has 13 years paediatric experience. She has worked in child rehabilitation and management from 2005 – current. This work has been within clinic, home and school environments.

Ursula has experience working with children and young people—traumatic and acquired brain injuries, cerebral palsy, neurological and orthopaedic conditions and developmental delay.

Ursula is highly committed to helping and supporting children and their families while working in a culturally sensitive manner.

Specific training

  • The Poo Detectives, Lulu Becker SA; 2021
  • PRPP (Perceive, Recall, Plan & Perform) Information Processing Assessment—Occupational Performance Model (Australia)
  • Understanding Normal Movement for Paediatric Therapists
  • WeeFIM accrediation
  • Enable Level 2 Wheelchair and Seating and Postural Management accreditation
  • Identification, classification and assessment of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy, for Paediatric Therapists


Wendy Ramsay, Physiotherapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand registered physiotherapist
Wendy has many years of experience with paediatric and adult physiotherapy
Past Team Leader, Counties Manukau DHB Allied Health Team.

Wendy Hindmarsh-Hook, Occupational Therapist with a Special Interest in Paediatrics

New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT)
Master of Health Science (MHSc)
Post Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Neurodevelopment)
Post Graduate Diploma of Play Diagnosis and Play Therapy (British Association of Occupational Therapy)

Experience

Wendy is a paediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in Auckland.

She completed her post graduate studies in the use of play in occupational therapy and neurodevelopment in childhood. Her Masters of Health Science dissertation is titled, Playfulness of a Child with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Wendy has worked in health centres, schools and communities adapting play, recreation and leisure activities for children, adolescents and families for their participation and enjoyment in everyday life.

News & Events

Upcoming Workshops

Expressions of interest— We will be running more courses so please contact us if you would like to find out about future F-Words Life Wheel Workshops or if you would like us to run one specifically for your team.
Click on the Sign-up sign below to register for an upcoming workshop.

Lego-based therapy group

Lego-based therapy is an evidence based social-development program, which involves participants taking on roles specific to building a LEGO set. The group will work together to achieve the build. Social skills are coached and practiced while the group together builds the set.

The children will have the opportunity to learn about turn taking, listening to and following instructions, giving instructions, collaborating and being flexible in their thinking, being able to self-regulate, developing their hand skills and most of all making friends and having fun.

Download the brochure or contact us for more information.

F-Words Life Wheel Talk

Arul and Lucy present on the F-Words Life Wheel to the Paediatric Society of New Zealand in Aotearoa

Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) workshop

Occupational Performance Coaching is proposed as an intervention which is family- and occupation-centred, focused and research informed and was developed by Professor Fiona Graham, Otago University. OPC involves working alongside parents to achieve parents’ goals for themselves, their children and/or their families. In OPC therapists utilise performance analysis, problem-solving, occupational and disability knowledge to guide parents’ exploration of changes that facilitate goal achievement.

Please contact us if you would like to register for an OPC training course or if you would like one specifically for your team.

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Paediatric OT Tele-Therapy

We at Paediatric OT offer telehealth for all our clients. Tele-therapy is available via a secure, professional, online video conferencing platform. Your child's therapy can take place in the comfort of your own home. Therapy will be in the context of your child's familiar home environment.

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Multidisciplinary team assessments

We provide full neuro-developmental assessments for children from all over New Zealand. Your child can be assessed by an Paediatrician, Occupational Therapist, Speech, Physiotherapist and Language Therapist. Multidisciplinary assessments are ideal for Autism spectrum disorder, Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Congenital conditions, Neurological conditions (e.g., cerebral palsy), and Developmental coordination disorder (DCD)/dyspraxia. For more information…

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Vacancies

Want to be part of our team? We are looking for a NZ registered Occupational Therapist with experience in Paediatrics. Do you want to make a difference in the lives of the children and families we work with? Do you have want to work in a progressive team passionate about best practice and ongoing professional developmental? Are you a NZ registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist with extensive experience in Paediatrics with a passion to keep learning?
We are looking for a NZ registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience in paediatrics to work contractually in our progressive private practice of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. The successful applicant will be able to build strong responsive relationships with children and their families, work in a multidisciplinary community of care with Paediatricians & SLTs, and be passionate about best practice and ongoing professional development. Applicants can submit their application and CV in confidence. Please include your professional qualifications and experience, and why you would like to work at PaediatricOT Ltd. For more information…

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