Occupational Therapy Team

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.

Carly Geary B.App.Sc (Occupational Therapy)

Carly completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at University of Western Sydney, with further post graduate study related to Paediatric's completed through La Trobe University in Melbourne. She started her early career in Mental health, which is were she developed her passion and became devoted to working with children. Carly made the transition into Paediatric's in 2009 were she has dedicated her studies and focus on working with children diagnosed with Autism, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delays, with particular attention to a younger caseload. Carly enjoys working with families and other health professionals in collaborating goals to obtain the best possible outcome for that child. Carly is registered to work under the Better Access for Mental Health Initiative through Medicare and an ongoing member of Occupational therapy Association. Further more, she continues to keep up to date with her professional development and attended numerous courses and workshops, these include Sensory Strategies for Toddlers & Preschoolers, Understanding What is Sensory Vs Behaviour, Makaton Basics, Getting Kids in Sync, Sensory Defensiveness, a Getting it WRITE, and most recently M.O.R.E.

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.Sc (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.

Rachel Smith Masters of Occupational Therapy

Rachel is a nationally registered occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and is registered as a health care provider with Medicare Australia. Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Occupational Therapy (distinction). Rachel also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) and comes to Occupational Therapy with previous life experience through a career in the film production industry. Whilst working in the film industry Rachel’s beliefs, values and passion toward health and well-being grew. With this growth, she pursued study in Occupational Therapy. Rachel’s passion for paediatrics grew after a clinical placement as an occupational therapy student in a NSW state public school. Rachel is passionate about collaborating with schools and parents to build an understanding of the implications of health issues on a child’s learning, emotional, social and play development. Rachel endeavours to empower teachers and parents with practical strategies customized to a child’s individual learning needs. She has experience working with children with a range of strengths, difficulties and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, ADHD, ADD, ODD, sensory processing difficulties, learning difficulties, gross and fine motor difficulties. Rachel is committed to developing her skills as a therapist and has attended courses such as: Winnie Dunn’s ‘Sensory processing and everyday life: practical and evidence based strategies for supporting children, families and teachers’, ‘Traffic Jam in my Brain (sensory processing) and ‘OT for children principles of assessment and intervention’. Rachel also completed the Leadership Mentoring Program in 2014 under the mentorship of Lindsay Cane CEO of Royal Far West multidisciplinary health service.
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