SPOT4YOU Therapist BiosFor a more in-depth look at SPOT4YOU's Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists.

  • Aimee Blacker (OT-NSW)

    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Newcastle University

    It is my aim to work with a child where they are currently at, in order to see the potential of where they can go. Every child is gifted with innate abilities and I see the potential within their constantly developing and evolving bodies and minds to grow beyond present limitations, and achieve all that they are capable of.

    My approach is to work within the environment of the family and client. I often work using a "bottom-up" (sensory-based) approach to therapy, incorporating the use of Evidence-Based Practice for Sensory Integration. I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged one month to 18 years with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Intellectual Disabilities, Vision Impairments and Blindness, Sensory Processing difficulties, Anxiety, and general developmental and learning difficulties.

    I have been trained in:

    * ‘The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding’, developed by Dr Kay Toomey, to address problematic feeding behaviours
    * Visual and Vestibular assessment and treatment ‘From eyesight to insight’ developed by Behavioural Optometrist Dr Hillier and Occupational Therapist Mary Kawar to address visual-vestibular dysfunction

    Therapies include, but are not limited to:

    * Development of necessary motor skills (fine motor, gross motor, visual-motor, coordination, balance) and developmental skills
    * Behavioural and Anxiety Management and emotional and sensory regulation (including programs such as the Alert Program and How Does Your Engine Run?)
    * Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including routines, dressing, toileting and feeding

    I have a passion for utilising the natural environment and, as a previous Austswim instructor, an avid surfer and surf instructor, I have been following a passion of establishing a non-for-profit to enable children with ASD and other neurological based disorders the opportunity to experience the ocean and how surfing can positively impact their lives.

    I have also worked with clients (from 18 to 90 years) in a variety of roles including:

    * Lead facilitator of a surf-based mental health organisation working with youth aged 18-24, to develop healthy mind practices
    * Coordinating care and supports for clients aged 18 and above with blindness and visual impairments to achieve independence in their home and community setting
    * Home modification assessments and reports and ADL assessment reports and recommendations for clients aged 18 and above
  • Brooke Mills (SP-QLD)

    - Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Queensland

    I have been practicing as a paediatric Speech Pathologist for five years since graduating from the University of Queensland.

    I have previously worked for SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS as a mobile therapist and in Education Queensland where I worked to support children with speech and language difficulties, which impacted on their literacy skills. I have worked closely with teachers and school teams and have a good understanding of how speech and language difficulties may impact on the child in the school setting. I have worked with children with special needs in the Early Childhood Development Program in schools, facilitating teachers with their program and introducing communication supports such as key word sign, PODD and Aided Language Displays. I have also had experience with adults with aphasia and dysphagia in the hospital setting in a clinical placement as a student.

    I am very passionate and thoroughly enjoy working with children and their parents. I have a particular interest in working with children with complex communication needs and early intervention for late talkers and young children with language disorders.

    I believe that therapy should be a fun and enjoyable experience for every child.
  • Brooke Selby (OT-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney

    I chose a course in Occupational Therapy because of my love of working with children, adults and families. I am dedicated to seeing clients with a variety of physical, intellectual and developmental disorders and helping them to reach their full potential. My passion for working with my clients has been furthered by the completion of a number of paediatric and community based adult jobs. Continuing my education and training is important to me and I am furthering my expertise with a number of courses including “The Traffic Jam in My Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Disorders” presented by Genevieve Jereb and “Learning Difficulties” presented by SPELD. Improving the life of an individual is at the heart of my approach to therapy. In particular, watching an individual master new skills, regain function and ultimately independence is the most rewarding part of my day.
  • Claire Bowley (OT-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Psychology, University of Wollongong
    - Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney

    I am a paediatric Occupational Therapist passionate about helping children and their families enjoy purposeful and meaningful lives. I am committed to therapy that is client-centred, creative, holistic, and that incorporates a child’s strengths and interests. I have experience working with children and adults with a range of diagnoses including ASD, Asperger’s Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, dementia, mental illness and sensory processing difficulties. I am committed to the ongoing development of my skills and knowledge as a therapist. I have demonstrated this commitment by attending workshops, listening to webinars and by staying up to date with the latest research evidence.
  • Elizabeth Brown (SP Aide-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Pathology - The University of Texas, Austin

    My family and I have recently relocated to the NSW South Coast from California, where I worked as a Speech/Language Pathology Assistant with the Tehachapi Unified School District. I have experience providing services for children ages 3-21 in a school setting, both one-on-one and in group therapy. I support areas of articulation/phonology, cognition, motor speech, dysphasia, fluency, and semantic/pragmatic language disorders. My background involves Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, mild to severe speech and language disorders.
  • Jacqui Langford (OT-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) - University of the Sunshine Coast

    As an energetic and driven Occupational Therapist, I have built an interest in enabling children with neurological, developmental, cognitive and physical limitations to engage in a fulfilling childhood through play, education, communication, socialisation and maximum independence in self-care/self-management.

    Having volunteered and worked as a respite worker for children with ASD and cerebral palsy while I completed my University studies, I have come to find that genuine playfulness can make all the difference in motivating engagement in otherwise daunting or mundane tasks. I completed my University practical placements at a youth-based facility, a chronic conditions community centre, a child developmental centre, a school and even a therapeutic horse-riding facility for children with disabilities.

    I have also had experience working with older adults in the community and within residential aged care facilities. My roles in these areas included the prescription and assessment of equipment, minor and major home modifications, the provision of oedema management strategies, and general pain management by means of soft-tissue massage, paraffin wax therapy and electrotherapy.

    I believe in adopting a combination of both bottom up (restorative, acquisition of skills) and top down (compensatory, focusing on maximising existing skills) approaches to therapy, using family-centred practice as an overarching framework to guide therapeutic goals.
  • Jasmin Shazad (OT-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Health Sciences, Griffith University
    - Graduate Entry Masters of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland

    I have been a part of the SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS team for over ten years. My interest in Occupational Therapy and working with people with disabilities was first sparked throughout a volunteering experience at a Special Education Developmental Unit in my younger years. I have always had an interest and passion in working in paediatrics, particularly in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My favourite part of being an Occupational Therapist is using a client and their family's strengths to see them realise their potential, and achieve increased confidence and independence in their skills and abilities.

    I thoroughly enjoy working with children and their families and believe therapy and goals should be client-centred and client-driven. I work using a combination of both a "top-down" (functional) and a "bottom-up" (sensory) approach to therapy, incorporating the use of Evidence-Based Practice. I have had experience working with children and teenagers aged three months to 18 years with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Sensory Processing difficulties, Anxiety, and general developmental and learning difficulties.

    I have liaised with families and schools to help implement home and school programs including, but not limited to, the following areas:
    - Equipment Prescription
    - Motor Skills and Developmental Skills
    - Behavioural and Anxiety Management (including programs such as the 5 Point Scale and How Does Your Engine Run?)
    - Toileting
    - Handwriting programs
    - Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including dressing and feeding
    - Sensory Programs

    I have also worked with older clients (from 18 to 90 year olds) to assist them with achieving independence in the home and community setting through use of ADL assessments and programs, home modification recommendations and equipment prescription.
  • Jocelyn Yu (SP-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), University of Queensland

    I believe that communication is the key to building relationships and pursuing life ambitions. As a Speech Pathologist, my great passion is helping people who have communication difficulties and bringing out their potential to achieve their goals. Knowing that every client has different needs, I am dedicated to delivering client-centered care supported by current evidence and to keep my clients engaged and motivated at all times.

    My clinical experience includes working with both children and adults, in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing and multi-modal communication across educational, clinical, hospital and home settings. The vast experience I have has shaped my passion in caring for both the paediatric and adult population. From a multilingual background, I speak fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Lisa Scuglia (SP-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology, Griffith University
    - Bachelor of Human Movement Science and Education, Southern Cross University

    I have taught in both public and private high schools in my subject area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. In my role as a Speech Pathologist, I am passionate about providing high quality and holistic service to all adult and paediatric clients and their family and carers. Since working in the area of Speech Pathology, I have been able to work with a number of children in the settings of community, education and mental health. I have a keen interest in working with school aged children and have experience in speech and language delays and disorders. When working with clients I use a combination of modern and research-based approaches in order to cater for each client’s individual needs.
  • Meneke Eaton (OT-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Health Science, Western Sydney University
    - Master of Occupational Therapy, Western Sydney University

    I have worked for the past 12 years in a nursing role which brought about my interest in Occupational Therapy. Having worked in High Dementia units and those with complex disabilities, my passion for empowering people to achieve their goals is paramount.

    I am educated in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and am able to assist individuals navigate not only their plans but the system.

    Being an Occupational Therapist has allowed me to assist individuals with prescription of wheelchairs, pressure care management, home modifications and functional assessments from young children to our ageing citizens.

    I have supported families and worked closely with individuals living with ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, trauma and visual impairments. I have supported individuals living with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, CVA, Traumatic Brain Injury, Muscular Dystrophy and Epilepsy.

    I am holistic in my therapy and utilise Positive Behavioural Support to ensure individuals achieve maximum outcomes.
  • Samantha Pocsidio (SP-VIC)

    - Bachelor of Science (Anatomy and Human Biology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), University of Western Australia
    - Master of Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne

    I am a highly committed and compassionate Speech Pathologist. Throughout my university studies, I gained invaluable experience and skills working with children aged 2-9 years in the areas of speech, language and literacy. Within clinical and school settings, I worked with children with ASD, ADHD, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, in close collaboration with parents, families and teachers.

    I also enjoy working with adults and have experience working with the elderly in hospitals, community rehabilitation, and the aged care settings in the areas of swallowing and communication. My caseload has consisted of a diverse range of diagnoses; this includes stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis and multiple sclerosis.

    I am passionate about advocating for holistic and patient-centred services, as well as empowering clients and their families to become key participants in their own and their family member’s care and management.
  • Taryn Robertson (OT-QLD)

    - Bachelor of Health Science, La Trobe University
    - Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, La Trobe University

    I am a self-motivated Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with people to overcome their barriers and enable and empower them to achieve their own unique set of goals and reach their potential.

    My interest in working with families and children developed when I volunteered at a paediatric private practice in Melbourne and through working as a Nanny for four years throughout my studies. I have extensive experience working with children from as young as newborn age up to adolescent age.

    I enjoy and always seek out opportunities to further my knowledge and develop my understanding within my profession. I have a unique and personal insight and understanding into the challenges that individuals and families face, and I always endeavour to use a strengths based approach when working with people; recognising the potentials, interests, abilities, strengths and capacities of each individual, family and community.

    I have had experience working with children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Down syndrome, handwriting difficulties and various other developmental or behavioural difficulties.

    I am also experienced working with adults, and have worked in Vocational Rehabilitation, assisting people who have been injured at work to return to employment in a sustainable way. I have also worked with the older population, making recommendations and adjustments to their home to enable them to be independent in their home.
  • Tessa Lloyd (OT-VIC)

    - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Deakin University, Geelong

    I am a compassionate Occupational Therapist with a sincere interest in improving the health and wellbeing of all of my clients. Throughout my previous experience in working with children and young adults with a variety of conditions, I have promoted independence and enabled clients to achieve their goals to the best of their ability. I believe in tailoring the services that I provide in a way that highlights each client’s unique strengths and interests, and using a holistic approach in all aspects of Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention.

    I have been working in a community based position in which I have completed skill based training to empower children with autism to improve their independence across all areas of their life. This includes implementing home based programs based on assessments such as the Sensory Profile and BOT2, and providing training for handwriting, cooking, cleaning, travel, and showering. I have a strong understanding of how important it is to include the client and their family in all decision making, and always communicate openly to ensure those who I work with remain educated and informed.

    I have completed many supervised sessions with an adult client base, while completing equipment prescription, home modifications, funding applications, mental health assessments and group interventions.

    I became an Occupational Therapist to empower people to participate in things that bring joy and purpose to their life. I have a strong passion for mental health and wellbeing, and believe this has a profound impact on the way the we interact with our environment. Furthermore, I enjoy working with clients of all ages, and being out and about in the community.
  • Thu Tran (OT-QLD)

    - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), University of Queensland

    I am a highly passionate Occupational Therapist who is devoted to helping my clients achieve their goals. I believe that everyone has their own set of unique strengths, preferences and needs. When working with clients and their families, I aim to customise strategies to suit them. I have been fortunate to have a diverse range of clinical experiences including working with children, adults and families in community, hospital and private practice settings. I am especially skilled in performing screening assessments, running skill development programs and providing individualised therapy in areas such as fine motor, self-management, emotion regulation, social skills, gross motor, and academic skills. I believe in providing a supportive environment and enjoy using meaningful and engaging means to help people reach their full potential.
  • Urszula Dmowski (SP-NSW)

    - Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Macquarie University
    - Master of Speech and Language Pathology, Macquarie University

    My passion for Speech Pathology came about because I believe communication is a basic human right, and also the most amazing thing we do. I am passionate about providing client-centred care and taking a whole-person approach, including involving the family in therapy. I enjoy working with children of all ages and my areas of interest include early language development, speech sound disorders, and bilingual language development (I also speak Polish fluently).

    I am passionate about providing evidence-based practice to adults with swallowing and communication difficulties, with experience in hospital and rehabilitation settings, including post-stroke care and aged care.
  • Yvonne Lin (SP-QLD)

    - Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Queensland

    I am an enthusiastic Speech Pathologist with a passion for improving communication for young children with a disability, speech, language and literacy difficulties. Coming from a non-English speaking background, I am bilingual and can speak English and Chinese fluently. I have developed a particular interest in working with children from a non-English speaking background and aim to provide holistic care to improve communication in both the native language and English.

    My position with SPOT4YOU & SPOT4KIDS enables me to have the flexibility of providing services in a comfortable environment for my clients. I find this allows for easier integration of speech therapy into the client’s everyday life, whether it be at home or school. I am dedicated to providing holistic services by tailoring evidence-based intervention plans, in collaboration with the client and their families, to help them reach their full potential.