About

‘Sensational Kids OT’ is a Paediatric Occupational Therapy practice owned and serviced by Tanya Williamson (formerly Braham). The practice offers therapy and assessment for children aged 0-18years. We are able to offer specialised services to a range of neurological disorders such as; Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome,  Prader Willi, Williams Syndrome, Learning Difficulties, Fragile X Syndrome, Visual & Hearing Impairments, Emotional & Behavioural Disorders and others.

At ‘Sensational Kids OT’ we aim to maximise each child’s potential and to support their development through a motivational framework of play. We have a strong focus on family-centered practice and encourage family participation, providing opportunities for ‘hand’s-on’ learning experiences within each session. We deliver individualized programs and aim to work with each child and family to facilitate their success and independence. Our therapy and intervention are based on the principles of Sensory Processing Theory, DIR®-Floortime™ (Greenspan & Wieder) and the SOS Feeding Approach.

Therapists:

Tanya Williamson

Tanya completed her BAppSc(OT) in 2000 and then a MHlthSc(OT) in 2007, focusing on paediatrics and sensory processing. She has worked across a range of paediatric fields and has extensive experience in children’s issues from disability to learning difficulties. Her speciality areas of practice include Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays and Dyspraxia.

Tanya is certified to deliver Therapeutic Listening® program and the Wilbarger Therapressure protocol for treating sensory defensiveness and has extensive experience in using standardised and non-standardised assessment for establishing a baseline on which intervention can be delivered and continually evaluated.

She has delivered training seminars to parents, teachers, health professionals and organisations. Tanya has also presented lectures to graduate students of the ‘Inclusive Education in Autism’ certificate, University of Canberra. She is up to date on current research and at the forefront of her field attending regular conferences, workshops and training events including: Advanced training ‘Listening With the Whole Body’ (Therapeutic Listening®), Basic Level DIR®-Floortime™ (Greenspan & Wieder); Winnie Dunn Sensory Profile; Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness & Advanced Sensory Defensiveness Training; M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter), Genevieve Jereb & Carol Kranowitz ‘Out of Sync Child’, Picky Eaters Vs Problem Feeders the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding workshop (Toomy & Ross), ALERT Program, Gen Jereb’s online ‘Out of Sync Child’ training course, ‘Building Blocks for Sensory Integration’, Annual ‘ASD: What works and why?’ course by ICDL, ‘Astronaut Training’ (Kawar & Frick), Dyspraxia Treatment & Intervention (Teresa May-Benson) and ‘New Treatment Perspectives’ (Colleen Hacker);. She continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars with Sheila Frick in the USA and also attending any new treatment courses which become available. Tanya has also completed her Masters of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) specialising in Paediatrics and Sensory Integration.

Tanya has a strong passion for working with children and has dedicated her career to further developing her knowledge and practical skills to be a leading practitioner within her field.

At present Tanya is not seeing any clients whilst she runs the business and cares for her young family however she remains closely connected to the business and all services provided.

Georgia Cook

Georgia completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2018 and first joined us in a volunteer capacity on the Camp Connect program. Following this Georgia completed her final 4th year placement with us at the clinic and has been with us since! Georgia has a wide range of pediatric experience having  worked in an Early Education setting for the last 8 years prior to joining the SKOT Team. During those years Georgia’s primary focus was working with the children and families of those of the children with additional needs, such as Autism and Muscular Atrophy and supporting their engagement in mainstream care.

Georgia has completed training in the ‘Listening With the whole Body’(Therapeutic Listening) as well as courses such as; Greenspan Basic Level DIR®-Floortime™, MORE: Integrating the mouth with sensory and postural functions (Oetter & Richter), Sensory Integration Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties, Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder: Spatial Reasoning and its Impact on Movement and Posture, Tony Attwood’s Online Course: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotions as well as the Social Thinking Online courses. She recently completed the Kim Barthel: Decoding Autism course and Sensory Integration: Foundations and Neuroscience and also is a fully trained Therasuit therapist. She has been mentored in courses such as  Understanding Trauma & Understanding Secondary Trauma (Mary Cutts),  S.O.S Feeding Program, The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique & Astronaut Program.

Georgia’s strong background in Paediatrics has made her transition to Paediatric OT a natural progression.  She is energtic, fun and has a strong passion for learning.

Beth Branch

Beth completed a Bachelor of Communications and Business at Fordham University (Bronx, NY) in 2003 before completing a Masters of Occupational Therapy at Sydney University in 2008. Work experiences in the field include various acute and community settings including Sacred Heart Palliative Care.  Beth has over 15 years experience in working with families of infants and adolescents with special needs and has had a hands-on role working with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), sensory processing disorders, Turners Syndrome and Downs Syndrome. She has worked with NSW agencies to provide infant care, mental health and social support to new mothers and has been involved in the NSW Health Go For Fun Program, teaching children and families about healthy eating and exercise. She has played a key research role in various projects including mental health facility design for QLD Health.   Beth has completed training in the ‘Greenspan Basic Level DIR®-Floortime™, Sensory Integration Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties, Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder: Spatial Reasoning and its Impact on Movement and Posture, Tony Attwood’s Online Course: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotions as well as the Social Thinking Online courses. She recently completed the Kim Barthel: Decoding Autism course and Sensory Integration: Foundations and Neuroscience and also is a fully trained Therasuit therapist.

She is committed to further develop her expertise in the field through Sensory Integration Practitioner courses and will be mentored in the application of Understanding Trauma & Understanding Secondary Trauma (Mary Cutts),  S.O.S Feeding Program, The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique & Astronaut Program.

Beth broad range of experience across her career and also in her personal life as a Mum helps her to bring a very calm and holistic approach to therapy and working with children.

Brittany Elkins

Brittany completed her bachelor of occupational therapy (Honours) at Monash University in 2015. Since graduation, Brittany has had experience working for Monash Healthl’s child and youth mental health service. Within these roles Brittany provided occupational therapy services to children with complex mental health conditions (E.g. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, Personality disorders, gender identity difficulties and co-morbid ASD or ID) and their families. Her work had a strong focus on emotional regulation, sensory processing, the development and implementation of social skills and enabling engagement in meaningful occupations such as school or socialising with friends. Brittany worked  independently with the young person to help them increase their coping mechanisms but also provided parent coaching.

Brittany has specialised training in the management of emotional regulation concerns, behavioural difficulties and mental health conditions. Brittany has completed training in family therapy, cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT), the management of complex personality disorders and mood dysregulation and the assessment and management of clinical risk. Brittany was also mentored in the use of the Social Thinking concepts including the ‘zones of regulation’, the circle  of security and attachment theory, interpersonal therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), group theory and trauma informed care.

Brittany also has passion for the provision of therapy in the outdoors. She has completed training in Trauma informed adventure therapy (Pringle, 2019) and attends the annual Australian Bush and Adventure Therapy Conference. She has facilitated weekly adventure therapy groups with youth with complex mental health conditions and has a certificate III in outdoor education. Brittany also currently works as an occupational therapist for Super Groms OT surf program.

Brittany commenced work with Sensational Kids Occupational Therapy in 2020. She is committed to further develop her expertise in the field through Sensory Integration Practitioner courses. She will also be mentored in  The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique & Astronaut Program.

Brittany‘s strong background in paediatric mental health has made her transition into private paediatrics natural. She is a bubbly, fun and empathetic practitioner.

Amy Chen (Physiotherapist)

Amy is a paediatric physiotherapist based in the Sutherland Shire region of Sydney. She graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 and has since worked in a wide range of settings from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to the North East London Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. Amy has treated children of all ages from newborns in hospitals after heart and transplant surgeries to seeing them in their homes or at school helping them achieve their best quality of life.
Amy’s specialty lies with babies and toddlers with neurodevelopmental conditions. These may include both children who have developmental delay without a diagnosis or children who have diagnosed such as cerebral palsy, metabolic, chromosomal or genetic conditions.
Amy has always been passionate about education and empowering the family of a child to achieve the best their child can. Amy believes strongly in setting up a strong foundation in the early years and will never choose to “wait and see”. As a mother of a toddler, Amy understands the struggles of parenthood, particularly that in navigating the world of therapy. Her wide scope of practice from having worked in one of the largest children’s hospitals on the east coast of Australia to two of the most sought after paediatric multidisciplinary therapy centres in Australia makes her a worldly physiotherapist who is able to think of out the box to see the bigger picture for your child and family.