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Therapists

Sally de Wijn

Director SdW Therapy Services

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Child Centred Play Therapist

Sally undertook her Bachelor Degrees of Occupational Therapy and Psychological Sciences at La Trobe University, this cemented her love of wanting to help and work with children with special and additional needs. Sally is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia as well as APHRA. Sally has completed post graduate studies in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), with Play Therapy Australia.

 

Sally works with children to develop their skills and increase their abilities within their daily life. Sally has a special interest in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and after finishing her Play Therapy training also has an extended interest in children’s mental health. Sally uses a sensory, play and child-directed approach to her therapy sessions. Each client’s needs are assessed and programmes are constructed and regularly monitored to suit client’s individual needs and abilities. Sally works closely with parents and others involved within her clients lives to ensure the best outcome of therapy.

 

Sally is a fun-filled, enthusiastic therapist who looks out for the best in each and every one of her clients. She loves her job and thoroughly enjoys working with her clients. Sally is a big advocate for letting children be children, and not making them grew up too quickly. If there is a puddle on the footpath Sally will be the first one to jump in it – followed by all the children around.

 

Sally believes in the power of play and will often assign ‘homework’ to parents of simply playing with their child in different environments. Sally believes growing up is over rated and is determined to be a child forever.

Laura Hull

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Laura undertook her Bachelor Degree of Occupational Therapy Curtain University (WA). Laura is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia as well as APHRA.

 

Laura has always had a real passion for working with kids and since finishing her degree in 2017. She has developed a strong interest in paediatrics, specifically Autism, solidified by my part-time work as a Nanny and volunteer work at Autism West.  Laura loves the flexibility that comes with being a Paediatric Occupational Therapist as you are able to work with children and their families in their natural environments to set and achieve collaborative goals.

 

During her role at Autism West she assisted children by modelling appropriate social behaviour, setting boundaries, assisting with community outings and facilitating occupation based activities to target fine-motor coordination and create socialisation opportunities. 

 

Laura is a firm believer in family-centred practice to provided intervention for children with disabilities and developmental delays. 

Vicki Andrew

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Vicki is a local to the Melton area. She has been an O.T. for 30 years, undertaking her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at Latrobe University and completing this in 1989. Vicki is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia as well as APHRA. She has a history of having worked in many different areas, including early intervention, outpatient management, assessment, and intervention in primary and secondary school settings. Vicki has further graduate qualifications in gerontology and business leadership, giving her experience of the full life span.

What Vicki does best is work with children  and their families to identify their priorities and then assist to make positive changes to increase independent living tasks. 

Vicki has a blended family of five children, so she knows how to play! She loves finding fun ways to learn and practice new skills. She knows what it is like to live in controlled chaos, and to love kids for who they are. She is friendly, caring, honest and open, and looks forward to meeting with you!