Meet the Team
BAppSc (OT), Anita’s experience extends to managing a diverse caseload working with toddlers to adults in aged-care and helping people across the life-span with varies physical, developmental, sensory processing and social/behavioural difficulties including working with children & adults with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ABI, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Global Delay and various learning difficulties. "I am energetic and enthusiastic about assisting children and families reach their goals and potential & my goal is to create an environment where children flourish and feel supported as well as develop a team of highly professional and knowledgeable therapists".
"At Grace Children’s Therapy I take individualising programs and being at the forefront of change seriously because meeting children at their learning style and level is important in providing a supportive environment for positive outcomes and happy, confident children. We always try our best to advocate for the children & ensure children and families feel comfortable at the centre.
As part of my mission to the broader community, I endeavour to keep supporting my team to work towards improving their knowledge and developing themselves professionally so we can continue to achieve great results and help children feel accomplished.
BAppSc (OT), Ly is a dedicated therapist with a keen interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and children with handwriting and learning difficulties. Ly uses a play based approach to involve children & motivate them to achieve their goals. Ly devotes time to working closely with parents and school teachers to ensure that children are able to transfer skills learnt within the sessions into home and school environment.
Ly, has a special interest in helping families develop positive mealtimes and helps children that present as "fussy eaters" or "problem feeders" develop a healthy attitude towards food & mealtimes. Ly facilitates the SOS Approach to feeding program & focuses on developing those fundamental skills for eating that can be then generalised to the home and school environments. Ly co-facilitates this program with our nutrition specialist, Simone.
BAppSc (OT) Hons; Grad. Cert in Educational Studies (Sensory Disability Specialisation)
Karen’s experience expands 20 years working with people across the lifespan from babies to adults with various physical, neurological, developmental, sensory and social/behavioural difficulties. Karen is considered an expert occupational therapist in the field of sensory disability working with children, adolescents and adults with vision and hearing impairments. She is passionate about helping children with sensory impairments, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, autism and developmental and motor coordination disorders.
Karen comes with hands on experience in providing intervention and advocacy services under the Governments new NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funding initiative. Karen is passionate about working alongside families and sees each child as uniquely different. She uses a functional fun play-based approach to help children to realise their potential and takes an evidence-based approach to helping them reach their functional goals.
Sarah is an energetic therapist with a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay, taking a cognitive motor approach to therapy. Sarah enjoys helping children achieve their functional goals to improve their everyday living and their relationships with others. Sarah has experience working in both centre-based and school-based programs and has previously designed and implemented specific school-based fine motor development programs. Sarah uses a play-based approach to therapy incorporating a range of intervention strategies to ensure she is meeting the learning style of the child for optimal results from her therapy plans. Sarah is trained in Sensory Processing Dysfunction and has completed specialised movement and visual-vestibular training for improved daily functional performance.
MFoodSt (Master in Food Studies), BSc(Science), Bus(Man). Simone joined our team as our resident nutrition specialist & qualified SOS feeding therapist. Simone helps our children that present as "fussy eaters" or "problem feeders and co-facilitates our SOS Feeding Program along side Occupational Therapist, Ly Giang to ensure we deliver a holistic, evidence-based feeding program to our families & children.
Simone’s passion for creating happy feeding experiences is contagious and she shares her knowledge through her co-written eCourse, Happy Mealtimes & co-authored two other eBooks for busy parents wanting happy eating experiences. Simone provides a different perspective to mealtimes & enjoys seeing children develop their feeding skills and engaging in their mealtimes.
"My aim is to delight the imagination and taste buds of kids with food!"
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Stephanie joins Grace Children’s Therapy with a fun and enthusiastic flair for Paediatric Occupational Therapy. With over 6 years experience, she enjoys helping children reach their goals using a sensori-motor approach to therapy. Stephanie has a special interest in sensory processing disorder as well as helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Global delay. She has completed training in Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Visual-Vestibular training for improved movement and functional performance.
Stephanie brings a happy and fun play-based approach to the team and enjoys seeing the children make functional gains and reach their goals.
Fenia Raju joins Grace Children’s Therapy with over 5 years experience. Fenia has previously worked in the field of Paediatrics and Mental Health bringing a broad range of skills sets to the team. Fenia is passionate about serving the community in a meaningful way and helping children to achieve their goals to improve their engagement and improve their ability with completing their functional everyday living skills. Fenia has previously worked in specialised settings focused on early intervention for children with developmental and neurological disorders including ADHD, ASD, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Fenia has experience working within a sensori-motor model delivering both individual and group-based therapy interventions. Fenia has completed additional training in Sensory Processing Dysfunction and Visual-Vestibular functioning and delivers intervention focused on improving movement, sensory processing abilities for overall improved daily function. Fenia is passionate about providing meaningful play-based therapy for children to optimise their learning experiences.