Meet our fantastic team!
Kids OT was established by Amanda Parsons in 2003. Amanda completed both her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and Masters of Health Science in Occupational Therapy at The University of Sydney majoring in Paediatrics. Being fully certified in Sensory Integration, Amanda has worked in Sensory Integration Clinics in Australia and the UK such as Sydney Children’s Hospital as well as Private Practice and trained therapists internationally. Amanda also has certification in the latest therapeutic techniques including Neuro-Developmental Treatment techniques (NDT), Therapeutic Listening, Therapressure (’Brushing’), the Alert Program and Interactive Metronome.
Each member of the Kids OT team has extensive knowledge and experience working with children with various disorders and challenges such as; Learning Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorders, Information Processing Difficulties, Visual Perceptual Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay, Neurological Disorders, Physical Disabilities, Emotional & Behavioural Disorders, as well as specific difficulties with handwriting and fine motor tasks, low muscle tone, poor motor planning and coordination, memory weakness and many others.
Our team has a strong focus on family-centered practice and works closely with the family and child to develop individualised intervention programs. Our therapists regularly liaise with education staff and other relevant professionals to ensure consistency and collaboration of their service enabling each child to achieve their best results.
Young Ho Bae holds a Bachelor of Exercises Science awarded from Australian Catholic University. Young Ho has been a significant member of the Kids OT team since 2007. Young Ho heads the Martial Methods team and Interactive Metronome. As a practitioner and Martial Arts Instructor, he is adored by the children he treats and highly respected by their families. His passion and enthusiasm shine in the results and smiles of the children. Young Ho has a background in Special Forces. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo and Judo and trains at professional levels in BJJ, Olympic wrestling and boxing. Young Ho has a particular interest in Neuroscience and using brain-bases training strategies in the Interactive Metronome with children, adolescents and adults.
Harriet is an energetic and creative Occupational Therapy graduate from the University of Sydney. In addition to her most recent studies, she has extended her professional knowledge by undertaking courses in Sensory Processing and trauma-informed care for children. Harriet’s passion for working with kids stems from a long background in carer roles where she worked closely with families to help kids reach their potential. Furthermore, her work experience in rural NSW schools has furthered her passion and motivation to collaboratively work with families, teachers and therapists, to ensure children are provided with the best opportunities and support so that they can participate and engage in all their desires.
Natalie achieved her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University and her passion for helping kids has driven her into Paediatric OT right away. She is certified to administer Interactive Metronome training, a specialised therapy to aid with cognitive and physical development. Natalie has previous experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder through her volunteer role at Riding for the Disabled Association over the past 5 years. She too has worked as a swim teacher and camp counsellor for children from at-risk backgrounds. She strives to provide a positive and meaning approach to her therapy sessions, both in a group and individual settings. She is an enthusiastic and vibrant individual, who strives to work collaboratively with children and their families to achieve their goals.
Elissa has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney. She has had consistent experience working with children with a variety of abilities, including providing occupational therapy services to children from low socioeconomic backgrounds in a rural school. Elissa has experience helping children with handwriting, developing fine and gross motor skills, and emotional regulation. She also has training and experience in using Positive Behaviour Support to support children to achieve success.
Natasha was previously a Chartered Accountant, working in the financial services industry for 15 years when, through her volunteer work with children with disabilities, she decided on a change in career. Her volunteer experience exposed her to the discipline of Occupational Therapy and she saw first hand the difference that occupational therapists played in the lives of children and the families they worked with. Natasha undertook the Master of Occupational Therapy Program through University of Sydney and completed her studies at the end of 2013. Natasha has always had a keen interest to work in the area of Paediatrics and enhanced her placement experience through a research assistant role for a paediatric ADHD social skills program at the University of Sydney. Natasha has previously worked at a Paediatric practice in Bowral which provided Occupational Therapy services to children, from infants through to high school. Therapy sessions took a play-based, sensory integrative approach and she worked predominantly with children with challenging behaviours, ADD/ADHD, Autism and sensory processing difficulties and gained experience treating children in both individual and group sessions.
Allanah is an energetic Occupational Therapist who is passionate about achieving learning and developmental goals for each child and their family through meaningful occupation. Allanah studied a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Following the completion of her studies, Allanah commenced her career within the Occupation Rehabilitation industry in Wollongong, providing a comprehensive range of rehabilitation, injury management and injury prevention services. Allanah is now an experienced therapist and strives to provide motivating and positive therapy outcomes in both individuals, group and school-based settings.
Samantha is a passionate and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with a drive to make intervention meaningful for each child and their family. Samantha studied at the University of the Sunshine Coast, graduating 2016 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Samantha has worked with children for over 6 years as a learn to swim teacher while studying at university, working primarily with children living with ASD, ADHD, CP and Down Syndrome. Samantha has previously worked at a clinic in Coffs Harbour and Grafton gaining broad experience in different clinical settings. Samantha loves cooking, swimming, netball and spending time with family and friends.
Cameron is a driven and passionate Occupational Therapist who strives to provide meaningful and enjoyable intervention to provide children with the best possible opportunity for growth. Cameron’s passions lie with experiencing the world of professional medicine/allied health from a young age in his own family background and seeing first hand the importance of a client and family centred approach to therapy. Having graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Cameron has various experiences in the disability and play therapy sectors, alongside placements completed in disability, school based and both public/private paediatric fields.