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-centred 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 is 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 received mentoring in 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.

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