At Kids Focus we employ highly capable therapists who care deeply about their work and strive to go above and beyond for their clients. Each member of our team is highly skilled, and are chosen not only for their qualifications but for their passionate commitment to improving the quality of life for our clients and their families.
Our therapists are fully qualified professionals who have completed their training at Universities in Australia. Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists must complete intensive university degrees, and all of our team members are registered members of their respective national bodies (Speech Pathology Association of Australia and Occupational Therapy Australia). All of our team members regularly undertake specialised training and professional development to ensure we are up to date with the most current therapy techniques and practices.
Lauren Cleary B.App.Sc (Occupational Therapy) M App.Sci (Occupational Therapy)
Lauren graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and has since completed her Masters of Applied Science Paediatric Occupational Therapy.
Lauren is one of the directors of Kids Focus Paediatric Services and principal Occupational Therapist. She has been specialising in the treatment of children with autism for over 12 years and has a wealth of knowledge and extensive practical experience on the most effective ways to treat children with a range of challenges. Lauren has great relationship building skills with the children as well as a vast range of therapy ideas and strategies that she adapts to each and every child.
Lauren has presented numerous workshops on Dyspraxia, Sensory Processing, Fine motor and Handwriting difficulties and is Formally trained in CONNECT therapy Advanced DIR/Floor time, Assessing and Diagnosis of Autism, The ‘MORE’ protocol, Therapeutic Listening, Therapressure protocol, Assessing Sensory Integration in children, Makaton Signing and visual aids, ABA program and behavioral intervention programs.
Courtney Headlund B.App.Sc (Occupational Therapy)
Courtney graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science/ Master of Occupational Therapy. She has gained experience in working with children with special needs throughout her University placements and working in hospital based community service centres. Courtney has a strong passion for working closely with children and their families to help empower the child’s independence and to achieve their full potential. Courtney has a special interest in working with children with coordination difficulties, intellectual disabilities, sensory processing challenges and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Courtney has completed a range of courses, workshops and in services including DIR/Floor time, Being Sensational – Evaluating, Collaborating and celebrating Sensory Processing Differences, ‘The traffic Jam in My Brain’ and ‘Theory of Mind and Advance Social Skills’.
Fiona Morgan B.Health.Sci (Occupational Therapy) Masters of International Health
Fiona graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1995 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy). Since then she has enjoyed learning from, and working with families of children with autism, learning difficulties, physical disabilities and coordination challenges, both in Australia and overseas.
Fiona has a strong commitment to a strengths based, family centred approach to occupational therapy. She is passionate about working closely with families to boost the confidence and skills of each child attending therapy. Her research into family centred rehabilitation practices across cultures has been published by the leading international journals Disability and Rehabilitation and Child: Care, Health and Development. She has extensive experience in delivering training to other health professionals, and loves keeping up to date with the newest evidence based research on supporting children with additional needs.
Jessica Kable B.Health.Sci (Occupational Therapy)
Jessica completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University. Jessica gained valuable practical experience through a variety of university placements, being a facilitator of a community inclusive sport team and has previously undertaken the role of an Early Childhood Educator. Jessica has formal training in basic Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA), Domestic Violence Response, basic Makaton Key Sign Language and is undertaking further qualifications in Ayres Sensory Integration. Jessica has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding children with a range of challenges and remains dedicated to staying informed on evidence-based practices and professional development in areas of mental wellbeing, play therapy, inclusive education, learning difficulties, sensory integration and the benefits of incorporating nature into the practice of Occupational Therapy. Jessica has further presented workshops on ensuring children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have access to inclusive physical activity. Jessica enjoys working closely with families and educators to help create an inclusive learning environment that best supports children and their families in achieving their desired goals and outcomes; including successfully transitioning the children to school, empowering independence and achieving their full potential. Jessica strives to make therapy fun and engaging whilst giving caregivers an educated voice to advocate for their children whilst developing their skills to continue therapy at home and celebrate every part of a child’s progress.