I am a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist. I have additional training in behavioural change, child development, play, and creating sensory diets.
I have worked in the fields of mental health and preschool care.
I love being in the community alongside parents and children. I believe strongly in the power of play for connection and healthy development.
Qualifications and professional development:
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Merit) (2010)
Post Grad. Cert. Mental Health and Addictions (2011)
NZ Cert. in Early Childhood Education and Care (in progress)
Sensory Diets Training; All Things Sensory (2020)
I work with families to enable happy confident and clever kids through play, routine, and setting up the home environment.
Occupational Therapists’ areas of expertise are:
- The occupation of play
play is the main occupation that children should be spending their time in. It’s how they learn, develop, and self-regulate. If something is a barrier to their play (e.g. too much screen time, the play-space set up) I can help you work out what that is and provide recommendations to overcome it.
- Lifestyle change
Change can be hard, and is a process to work through. Reducing screen time (to enable play time!) is a major lifestyle change for your family and I can help by coaching you through it. We all need a cheerleader!
- Activity and environmental analysis
Occupational Therapists have unique training for they way we view activities and the home environment and how these things affect daily life. Your children’s play-space is their workplace, and are they able to perform their ‘work’ in the best way possible?
- Person centred practice
Occupational Therapists put YOU and YOUR family at the heart of what we advise. Your family’s screen and play goals are unique and tailored to your own situation. It’s about making changes that fits your family well!
My aim is for:
all preschoolers in New Zealand to be watching less than the recommended guidelines of screen time (an hour a day for under 5 year olds, & none for under 2 year olds).
We will achieve this together by:
ensuring parents are making informed, educated decisions about screen time.
helping parents feel supported and empowered to make meaningful change in their children’s lives.