Our Team

Playsense occupational therapy is here to help and support children and families 

Emma Allen is an experienced, registered and practicing paediatric occupational therapist who has worked with children in home, clinic, hospital and school environments for over 10 years. Emma has worked as an Autism and ABA therapist both one on one and in preschools.

Emma has many years experience as a behaviour therapist and uses an     approach that promotes secure attachment. Emma believes all children should be heard, respected and given boundaries in a kind way as they learn to regulate their emotions.

 

Emma has completed post graduate courses: "Getting it Write"; handwriting assessment and intervention, M.O.R.E; integrating oral with sensory and postural function, DIR Floortime technique, DIR Floortime 101 presented by ICDL (home of Floortime worldwide), The Alert program, SOS feeding training, "There's a traffic jam in my brain", Genevieve Jereb, Wilbarger therabrushing technique for sensory defensiveness, Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in mainstream school settings seminar (Autism Spectrum Australia), Sensory processing (Winnie Dunn), Learn to play therapy (Karen Stagnitti), Strategies to develop executive functioning skills at home and in school (Michelle Garcia Winner), psychotherapy and attachment (Dr Allan Schore), Collaborative and proactive solutions (Dr Ross Greene), Calming today's anxious kids (Maggie Dent), The Zones of Regulation, Professional and Clinical Supervision course with OT Australia

Emma:

  • Is a trained and registered CO-OP (Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance) provider; evidence based therapy for children with motor difficulties

  • Is a provider of Therapeutic Listening for body awareness, social engagement and sensory regulation.

  • Is trained as a Circle of Security parent facilitator.

  • Is trained in the SOS Approach to feeding.

  • Has completed her level 1 training in Theraplay intervention and assessment. '

 

Emma is also a mother to two young children who are constantly teaching, challenging and improving her as a therapist.

Sarah Fitch is an experienced, registered and practicing paediatric occupational therapist who has worked with children in home, clinic, hospital and school environments. Sarah graduated from University of Sydney occupational therapy with first class honours.

Sarah began her career working with children on their gross motor skills as a hockey coach where she developed her passion for helping children of all abilities reach their full potential.

Sarah has worked with children, adolescents and adults with varying health needs, including Autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injury and stroke.

Sarah makes every therapy session fun and engaging. Sarah is committed to working collaboratively with children, parents, teachers and other health professionals to ensure all children meet their functional goals.

Sarah is committed to ongoing professional development, she has completed Principles of Paediatric Assessment and Intervention, Helping children with Autism, There's a traffic jam in my brain (Genevieve Jereb), Learn to play therapy (Karen Stagnitti), Strategies to develop executive functioning skills at home and in school (Michelle Garcia Winner), The Action is in the Interaction (Sensory Connections), DIR Floortime 101 presented by ICDL (home of Floortime worldwide) and Seeing & Moving: Visual/Vestibular approaches (Kim Barthel).

Sarah is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Sarah has also completed additional training for children with Reflux, Autism Spectrum Disorder,  school aged children, and children receiving supplemental feeds via G-tubes. 

Sarah is a trained and registered provider of Therapeutic Listening for body awareness, social engagement and sensory regulation.

Tina Wheldon is an experienced, registered and practicing paediatric occupational therapist. Tina has over 14 years experience working with children as a paediatric occupational therapist. She has a Masters of Occupational Therapy Studies, and finished head of her year in 2006.

Tina ran her own private practice in Brisbane, with a team of OT’s and speech pathologists. Tina has worked on the Autism Outreach Team at Autism Qld, and at the University of Qld Children’s Life Skills Clinic.

Tina has expertise in providing services for children with Autism, ADHD, DCD, Developmental Delay and Learning Difficulties. She enjoys working with families on a range of home and school based goals, and worked within a number of private schools in Brisbane.

 

Tina has a passion for presenting workshops to teachers, completing 8 of these for audiences of over 100 teachers. She was also a presenter for Early Literacy Fundamentals (ELF Program).

Tina has completed a wide range of professional development courses including; DIR Floortime, MORE (oral motor), Sensory Defensiveness - Wilbarger Therapressure, Listening with the Whole Body, The Alert Program, Traffic Jam in my Brain, Visual Perception Skills in the Classroom, Building Blocks for Sensory Integration, The Brain Science of Language, Learning & amp; Reading, The Sensory Processing Measure, Mealtime Matters Workshop - SOS Approach to feeding, COGMED training, Sensory Processing Treatment Workshop, The Poo Problem, Neuroscience of Learning and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Motor Skills and Postural Control in the Classroom, evidence based approaches for sleep and rest in children and teaching Social Thinking in the preschool and early primary years.

Tina is a mother to 2 little girls, and has recently returned to Australia, having lived in NYC for nearly 3 years.

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Eastgardens NSW 2036

Ph: 02 9314 3887