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Occupational Therapy

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An occupational therapist can contribute to supporting the development of a child’s independence in everyday activities including self-care, sleeping, feeding, dressing, toileting and a range of activities that are part of family life.

Fine Motor Skills which include:

  • developing grasps in early infancy
  • Developing hand preference
  • Pre writing skills
  • Holding and using a pencil
  • Handwriting
  • Scissor skills

Gross Motor Skills which include:

  • Supporting early movement patterns such as crawling
  • Body awareness
  • Motor planning
  • Seated posture
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Ball skills
  • Bike riding

Sensory processing:

  • Sensory reaction to the body or external stimulus which impacts attention, behaviour and learning


  • Daily skills of getting ready for life like dressing, toileting, hygiene, eating and sleeping

Staff involved with
Occupational Therapy
Bronwyn Northcott
Occupational Therapist

Bronwyn is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who has a special interest in assistive equipment and home modifications.

Ashley Whitelaw
Occupational Therapist

Ashley is a paediatric allied health occupational therapy assistant who is passionate about working with children and their families in a play-based fun environment.

Ardrie McDermott
Occupational Therapist

A paediatric Occupational Therapist who has a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and has a strong interest in working with young children and their families who have experienced trauma.

Tesharnie Gruar
Occupational Therapist

Tesharnie helped to develop ‘Fine Motor Fun’, a program that Biala OT’s use to improve fine motor skills of prep students in a school setting.

Stephanie Robertson
Occupational Therapist

Stephanie is a registered occupational therapist having received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with honours from Monash University.

Shannon Wicks
Occupational Therapist

Shannon is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist, graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

Rachel Lewis
Occupational Therapist

Rachel is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist. She studied at ACU graduating with a Bachelor Occupational Therapy.

Rachael Taylor
Occupational Therapist

Rachael has a passion for supporting children to develop and grow to reach their full potential. For her it is so encouraging and a privilege to witness progression in children’s development.

Leanne de Groot
Occupational Therapist

Leanne is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience in paediatric settings.

Jenna Rickard
Occupational Therapist

Jenna is a paediatric occupational therapist who has completed further training in assessment and strategies for sensory processing difficulties in children at the SPD Foundation in Denver, USA.

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