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 Masters of Occupational Therapy at Sydney University in 2012, post her undergraduate degree – Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) at Queensland University of Technology, and working overseas. Erin has extensive experience working with children with Autism, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder, Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorders and a range of Genetic Disorders, Learning Difficulties and social-emotional challenges.. She continues to extend her experience and knowledge by staying up to date with current research, training courses, online education and additional hands on experience through her involvement and participation with Sense Rugby, Camp Connect and Camp Jabiru.

Erin has completed her core training in Therapeutic Listening®: Listening With the Whole Body (Frick & Burke), Professional Greenspan Floortime Approach® (Greenspan & Wieder), M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory & Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter), The Wilbarger Protocol – Sensory Defensiveness technique (Wilbarger), and Astronaut Program (Frick), as well as completing additional courses that provide her with a holistic framework for her practice including the S.O.S Feeding Program (Toomey), Foundations & Neuroscience (Ulster University), Basic Key Word Sign (Bracken), Clinical Perspectives on Sensory Modulation and Regulation (Hacker, Burke, Lane, Hui, Stackhouse, Frick and Osten), Psycho Sensory Processing Intervention (Bartle), Clinical Reasoning for Occupational Therapists: The Spirit Too (Stackhouse), Sensorimotor Approach to Arousal Regulation and Developmental Trauma (Frick), Environmental Design for Engaged Attention and Optimal Learning, Handwriting without Tears (Olsen), Forbrain (Sound for Life Ltd)  & the Therasuit Method® (Koscielny).

Erin has a passion for working in Paediatrics, providing fun and play based client centred therapy and supporting all of the families who walk through our door. Her role also includes mentoring the SKOT team, and in the coming months she will be helping us to expand our range of services and how we deliver these through developing a parent coaching platform and webinar based learning program for parents and teachers to access.

Roshelle Porter

Roshelle completed her Master of Occupational Therapy with Dean’s Honours in 2015 with prior studies in a Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition) and a Master of International Public Health. 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. Roshelle’s passion for working in Paediatrics in particular children with Sensory Processing Disorders and emotional and social challenges meant she was eager to join the team and continue to provide services to the families of Sensational Kids OT. Roshelle has experience supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders, Cerebral Palsy & Learning Difficulties. Roshelle is involved in leading groups at Camp Connect, Sense Rugby, S.O.S Feeding Groups, Social Skills Groups, Handwriting workshops and consulting with preschools to support the inclusion of children with special needs. Roshelle has completed the practicum program at Camp Jabiru.

Roshelle has completed training in Foundations & Neuroscience (Ulster University), Clinical Perspectives (Frick, Hacker & Burke), Therapeutic Listening®: Listening With the Whole Body (Frick & Burke), S.O.S Feeding Program (Toomey), Professional Greenspan Floortime Approach® (Greenspan & Wieder), Basic Key Word Sign (Bracken), Understanding Trauma & Understanding Secondary Trauma (Cutts), The Wilbarger Protocol – Sensory Defensiveness technique (Wilbarger), Disability Dynamic (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) & also Seating & Positioning (Cerebral Palsy Alliance). Roshelle has also been mentored in the M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory & Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter), Astronaut Program (Frick), Dyspraxia Treatment & Intervention (May-Benson), Handwriting without Tears (Olsen), Therasuit Method (Koscielny) & Forbrain (Sound for Life Ltd).

Roshelle has completed further education in Oral Motor Structures & Functions: Foundations for Feeding (Spiral Foundation), Posture & Movement (NDTA Network), Teaching Social Competencies (Social Thinking), Parent Coaching (STAR Institute), Primitive Reflexes & Developmental Impact (Prentice), Trauma-Informed Intervention for Paediatric Therapists (University of Kansas), Supporting Children Affected by Trauma in EI Services & Schools (Kids Matter) & Integrating Wellness & Self-Care for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Ord).

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 Brianna 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), The Wilbarger – Sensory Defensiveness technique, M.O.R.E – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Oetter & Richter), Postgraduate Sensory Integration Module 1 – Foundations and Neuroscience, Jabiru Symposium – Perspectives on Sensory Modulation and Regulation, Child Protection Mandatory training, Social Thinking, Key Word Sign and Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotions – Tony Attwood.    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 recently completed the Kim Barthel: Decoding Autism course and Sensory Integration: Foundations and Neuroscience and also is a fully trained Therasuit therapist. 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.

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 has also completed the Postgraduate Sensory Integration Module 1 – Foundations and Neuroscience, Jabiru Symposium – Perspectives on Sensory Modulation and Regulation, Child Protection Mandatory training, Social Thinking training, Key Word Sign Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotions – Tony Attwood and is also a fully trained Therasuit therapist.

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.

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.