Our amazing team of Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists are the heart of the exceptional service that we deliver. Located across four sites, providing clinic based but community focused (with community visits optional) our team make a difference in children’s lives each and every day.

Our awesome therapy team are also supported by a highly efficient admin team helping clients to secure their preferred appointments, complete their health related paperwork (eg NDIS and Medicare) and to answer any questions to help parents help their children.

We know that as parents you are trusting us with your most precious resource – your child. This is not a responsibility that we take lightly. To honour this trust, we believe in making sure our team is not just suitably qualified but is well trained, resourced and highly organised. This allows our clinicians to deliver the best clinical service  in the most efficient and effective manner possible. All clinical staff members are registered with their professional bodies, have relevant clearance to work with children and receive ongoing professional development to ensure they provide the very best (and fun) care possible to their clients.

At Kid Sense, we believe that:

  • Children need access to therapists that are not just suitably qualified but also well trained so our clinicians are provided with termly clinic closure Professional  Development days as well as a personal professional development budget.
  • Parents need flexibility of attendance so they have choices of therapists, locations and appointment times.
  • A professional team is lead by experienced clinicians so we embrace skilled clinicians whether they are working full time or part time around their own parenting.

Occupational Therapy

Our playful team of Occupational Therapists are trained to deliver quality services to help child overcome challenges in:

  • Sensory Integration
  • Self Regulation of alertness and attention
  • Fine Motor skill development (including handwriting)
  • Gross Motor foundation skill development
  • Self care skills (including dressing, eating, toileting)
  • Self Management (including packing bag, following timetables, money, time telling)
  • Organization for task performance and routines
  • Planning & Sequencing
  • Story Mapping for creative writing or project planning
  • Play & Interaction
  • Executive Functioning
  • Working memory (scaffolding supports)

Our team of practitioners are trained to apply the following specific intervention methods:

  • Wilbarger (Therapressure brushing) otherwise known as Deep Pressure Joint Compression program to meet sensory needs
  • The Alert Program: How does your engine run? to support sensory based regulation
  • M.O.R.E. (integrating the mouth with sensory & postural functions to allow the development of effective foundations for regulation and motor development).
  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
  • Jolly Phonics Literacy Program
  • THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading & Spelling System) literacy program

Speech Therapy

Our team of fun loving speech therapists are trained to deliver ‘best fit’ services to help child overcome challenges in:

  • Articulation
  • Pre language skills
  • Early language development
  • Receptive language (i.e. understanding language)
  • Expressive language (i.e. using language)
  • Literacy
  • Play & Interaction
  • Social skills
  • Fluency
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • Social Communication
  • Homework planning
  • Story narratives
  • Higher level language skills such as inferencing & problem solvin
  • Public speaking

Our team of practitioners are trained to apply the following specific intervention methods:

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
  • Proloquo2go (Augmentative Communication Device)
  • Key Word Sign
  • Modified Lidcombe Fluency intervention
  • PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display)
  • Jolly Phonics Literacy Program

Our Founder – Joanna

Occupational Therapist and Executive Director

As a mother of 2 with more than 30 years clinical experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Joanna worked in the United States for 4 years before returning to Australia to establish Kid Sense Child Development in 1998. Joanna founded Kid Sense with a simple vision: to help children to ‘be the best they can be’. Experience in medical, educational (child care, preschool and school) and private practice settings have served Joanna well in managing a clinical team while maintaining a full-time clinical caseload.  Her particular interest is in exploring the blurred boundaries between where ‘therapy’ meets ‘education’ for children of all ages. It is Joanna’s greatest passion to see that children in (developmental) need receive the intervention they require to unlock their most positive future. Joanna served on the Occupational Therapy Registration Board for almost 2 years and on the SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties Association of SA) Council for 18 months. She was named as a Finalist in the 2007 and 2008 Telstra South Australian Women’s Business Awards. She now dedicates her spare time to expanding our services and supporting the Graduate Program and Career Change Programs.

Speak with an experienced practitioner to learn what’s best for your child

Contact us today to make an initial enquiry or book an assessment for your child on 1800 KID SENSE (1800 543 736)

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