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.

 

Erin Rayner

Erin completed her Master of Health Science (OT) in 2012 after completing her undergraduate degree and working overseas.  Erin has experience with children with Autism, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Difficulties which has been further specialised since joining our team at ‘Sensational Kids OT’. Erin has extended her work to volunteer work as well at Camp Jabriu. Erin’s passion for working in Paediatrics and working with children who have Sensory Processing challenges meant she was eager to join the team and continue to provide services to the families of Sensational Kids.

Erin has completed her training in ‘Listening With the Whole Body’ (Therapeutic Listening®), Basic Level DIR®-Floortime™ including the Regulatory & Meltdown training courses (Greenspan & Wieder); Gen Jereb’s online ‘Out of Sync Child’ online training course, ’Supporting Sensory Needs in the Classroom” (Zoe Mailloux), The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique, M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter) & S.O.S Feeding Program. She continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars and also attending any new treatment courses which become available.

 

Roshelle Porter

Roshelle completed her Master of Health Science (OT) in 2015 with prior undergraduate and Masters degrees in Health Science and International Public Health respectively.  Prior to commencing Occupational Therapy Roshelle has worked in health promotion and nutrition research both locally and internationally before sparking her interest in the field of Occupational Therapy.  While an undergraduate Roshelle gained experience with Grafton Base Hospital and also joined us here at Sensational Kids OT for a placement and further work on our Camp Connect program.  In our experience with Roshelle has a very talented undergraduate we were excited to offer her a job on her completion of studies.  Roshelle’s passion for working in Paediatrics and working with children who have Sensory Processing, in particular children with emotional and social challenges meant she was eager to join the team and continue to provide services to the families of Sensational Kids.   Roshelle has experience with children with Autism, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Difficulties which has been further specialised since joining our team at ‘Sensational Kids OT’. Roshelle is also involved in working at Camp Jabriu & Camp Connect programs.

Roshelle has completed her training in Clinical Perspectives (Frick, Hacker & Burke), Therapeutic Listening®: Listening With the Whole Body  (Shelia Frick & Lynette Burke), Professional Greenspan Floortime Approach® (Greenspan & Wieder), Basic Key Word Sign (Tarryn Bracken), Understanding Trauma & Understanding Secondary Trauma (Mary Cutts), Disability Dynamic (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) and also Seating & Positioning (Cerebral Palsy Alliance).  She has also completed training in S.O.S Feeding Program, The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique and been mentored in the  M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter) & Astronaut Program. She continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars and also attending any new treatment courses which become available.

Committed to family centred care, Roshelle aims to ensure she provides individuals and families with endless possibilities for growth and development.

 

Brianna Walker

Brianna completed her Bachelor of Health Science (OT) in 2015 and first joined us in a volunteer capacity whilst working on the Camp Connect program.  Following this Brianna continued to broaden her experience in Paediatrics through working in Private Practice working with a number of children with a broad range of challenges from learning difficulties, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders.  In 2016 Cassandra joined the SKOT team and brought with her some great experience from her previous roles.     Brianna is a very talented therapist whose quiet yet playful nature which makes a great match for working with our children and families.  Brianna is very passionate about working in Paediatrics and working with children who have Sensory Processing.  Brianna’s previous experience working with children with Autism, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Difficulties which has been further specialised since joining our team at ‘Sensational Kids OT’. Brianna is also involved in working at Camp Jabriu & Camp Connect programs.

Brianna has completed her training in the online Traffic Jam in my Brain course as well as courses such as;  ’Listening With the Whole Body’ (Therapeutic Listening®), Basic Level DIR®-Floortime™, Building Blocks to Movements & Praxis (Theresa May Benson), Essentials of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism, Understanding the Vestibular System: Theory, Anatomy, and Implications for Practice (Sheila Frick) and also the Oral Motor Structures & Function Foundations for Feeding course (online).  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,  M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter) & Astronaut Program. She continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars and also attending any new treatment courses which become available.

Brianna has a high level of commitment and dedication to working with families and shows great care in working with the whole families needs whilst addressing the child’s underlying challenges.

Cassandra Bradshaw

Cassandra completed her Bachelor of Health Science (OT) in 2014 and first joined us in a volunteer capacity whilst working on the Camp Connect program.  Whilst staying in touch with Cassandra following this we saw her continue to grow her experience in Paediatrics through working in Private Practice working with a number of children with a broad range of challenges from learning difficulties, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders.  Cassandra was excited to join the SKOT team in 2016 to continue her interest in Paediatrics and passion for working with children and families through our clinic approach.  Cassandra has experience working with children with Autism, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Difficulties which has been further specialised since joining our team at ‘Sensational Kids OT’. Cassandra is also involved in working at Camp Jabriu & Camp Connect programs.

Cassandra has completed her training in the online Traffic Jam in my Brain course as well as courses such as;  ’Listening With the Whole Body’ (Therapeutic Listening®), OT for Children: Principles of Assessment and Intervention, Getting it Write – The OT role in assessment & intervention of handwriting for primary school children, Understanding the Vestibular System: Theory, Anatomy, and Implications for Practice (Sheila Frick) and Handwriting Without Tears Program.  She has been mentored in courses such as; The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique, S.O.S Feeding Program,  M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter) & Astronaut Program. She continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars and also attending any new treatment courses which become available.

Cassandra is a fun, passionate and motivated member of our team whose passion for wanting the best for our children and their families continues to drive her professionally and personally.

Justine Giampaoli

Justine joined our team after completing her undergraduate training through the University of Sydney.  Justine was a highly impressive undergraduate and having her work for us was an opportunity we could not miss out, so she joined our team after completing some overseas travel.  As an undergraduate Justine ran a soccer program for children with additional needs and also spent some time working as a Therapy Assistant in a local private practice giving her experience working with children with Autism, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Difficulties which has been further specialised since joining our team at ‘Sensational Kids OT’.

Justine has completed her training in the online Traffic Jam in my Brain course as well as courses such as;  ’Listening With the Whole Body’ (Therapeutic Listening®), Basic Level DIR®-Floortime™, Understanding the Vestibular System: Theory, Anatomy, and Implications for Practice (Sheila Frick).  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,  M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter) & Astronaut Program. She continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars and also attending any new treatment courses which become available.

Justine’s ethos of meeting the child where they are at and helping to nurture their development through a support yet just right challenge approach makes her the perfect fit for our clinic and approach to therapy.