LARA CLARK: Occupational Therapist
Hours available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from The University of Sydney in 2007. Since this time she has worked predominantly in private practice, also spending time in the United Kingdom (UK) working in a community setting. Lara started in private practice at The Sensory Gym (Hobartville) and more recently worked at Sensational Kids OT (Kirrawee). While in the UK, she worked in a community-based health care setting known as the Mary Sheridan Centre.
From a young age, Lara spent many hours with a family member on the Autism Spectrum as well as a very close friend with a cognitive impairment sparking her passion for working with children with special needs.
Lara places a strong emphasis on continued professional development, having completed the following training:
- Sensory Approach to Arousal Regulation and Developmental Trauma- Shelia Frick
- Core Pathways to Stability and Self Regulation- Shelia Frick
- Shifting Gears: Sound & Movement Strategies for Sensory Processing Dysfunction- Sheila Frick
- NDT From Head to Toe: Applied to Daily Function Proximal to Distal Control- Lezlie Adler and Kate Bain
- Current Concepts in NeuroDevelopmental Treatment “NDT: A Multi System Approach to Assessment and Intervention”- Lezlie Adler
- Approach to Treatment of the Baby (5 days)- Rona Alexander, Linda A. Kliebhan and Gail Ritchie
- Clinical Assessment and Practical Intervention for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution- Dr Teresa A. May-Benson
- Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol- Sheila Frick and Mary Kawar
- M.O.R.E Integrating the Mouth with Sensory & Postural Functions- Patti Oetter and Eileen Richter
- How Does Your Engine Run? The Alert Program for Self Regulation- Carla Cay Williams
- Building Blocks for Sensory Integration- Sheila Frick
- Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing & Respiratory Coordination Function in Children with Neuromotor Involvement- Rona Alexander
- Sensory Defensiveness Course- Patricia and Julia Wilbarger
- Listening with the Whole Body- Sheila Frick and Colleen Hacker
- New Treatment Perspectives- Colleen Hacker
- Getting Kids in Sync- Genevieve Jereb
- The DIR/Floortime Approach: A 2 day Introductory Training- Mari Caulfield and Kathy Walmsley
- Developmental Individual Difference Relationship Model (Floortime)- Georgina Ahrens
Lara is involved in Camp Jabiru, operated by The Sensory Gym and Camp Connect, run by Sensational Kids OT. On varying levels, both of these offer a typical camp experience using various therapeutic approaches to support each child to participate as an individual camper as well as a positive group member.
EDWARD HILLIAR: Occupational Therapist
Hours available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Eddie graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney in 2011. Since graduating Eddie has worked in the public sector in disability care and behaviour management. In the private sector he has worked in the paediatric field in mobile and clinic based settings.
Growing up with a profound hearing loss has given Eddie a passion to help children overcome barriers and ensure their needs are met.
Through different work models Eddie has developed skills and sustainable strategies to address sensory processing, behavioural, anxiety, attention, engagement, motor planning, postural, auditory processing and various other difficulties that impact on children and adults.
Eddie has completed training on Therapeutic Listening: Listening with the whole body (sensory integration), The Alert Program, The Zones of Regulation, DIR Floortime and other sensory integration strategies.
CLAIRE BOWLEY: Occupational Therapist
Hours available: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Using a play-based approach, Claire enjoys working with children and their families to address needs related to sensory processing, emotional regulation, attention, play, motor planning, postural control and various other difficulties.
Claire is committed to ongoing professional development, having completed the following training: Building Blocks for Sensory Integration (Sheila Frick), The DIR/Floortime Approach: A 2 day Introductory Training (Mari Caulfield and Kathy Walmsley), The SOS Approach to Feeding Basic Course (Kay A. Toomey and Erin Ross), Traffic Jam In My Brain (Geneveive Jerub) & Understanding the Neurobiology of Complex Trauma (The Australian Childgood Foundation).”
CORINNE BROWNE: Occupational Therapist
Hours available: Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday by appointment only
Corinne has 13 years experience working with children, adoslcents and young adults with neurological conditions, physical and intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, and limb deficiencies.
Corinne graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences: Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Sydney and started her career in early intervention with Ageing Disability and Home Care. She then moved to the public sector in Western Sydney and Westmead Children’s Hospital, before finding her home in the Illawarra where she has been for the last 8 years.
Corinne has worked at Wollongong Hospital on the children’s ward and with the Neonatal Clinic, assessing the development of babies born premature or with developmental delay.
She currently works at Port Kembla as a Senior Occupational Therapist providing assessments, equipment and therapy to children aged 0-18 with physical disabilities in the community.
Corinne is an energetic and active therapist and her main goal for her clients is to participate and achieve independence in all areas of life.
She has training in developmental and play assessments, upper limb assessment and therapy such as constraint induced movement therapy, complex postural assessments and wheelchair seating prescription as well as minor and major home and school modification.
ANNE-MARIE O’FLYNN: Physiotherapist
APAM. MPhys, BAppSc (Ex and Sport Science)
Hours Available: CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE
Anne-Marie graduated in 2005 from Griffith University with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) at Sydney University. Since graduating, Anne-Marie has worked in both the public and private sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked with several sporting teams including the W-League Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC Football teams, Football NSW u/12 and u/13 state teams, Macarthur Rams Women’s Football Club and Campbelltown Monarch Blues AFL Club. Anne-Marie currently works part-time as the Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist at The Wollongong Hospital where she assesses and treats a Paediatric population with a variety of, sporting injuries and post-operative orthopaedic conditions. She has worked in two Emergency Departments as a Primary Contact Practitioner being the first point of contact for patients with upper and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, which involves referral for further investigations, diagnosing, and interpreting X-rays, providing acute soft tissue management including casting and referring on to other specialists where appropriate.
Anne-Marie has completed the Level 1-4 DMA Clinical Pilates course, Level 1 APA Sports Course and a Level 1 APA Paediatric Course. Combining 10 years of clinical experience and the knowledge gained in the above courses Anne-Marie’s primary focus is on correcting clients predisposing factors and movement dysfunctions that led to the injury rather than focussing purely on the structure injured. This enables the client to remain injury free allowing them to perform at their highest level with minimal interruption to their training, games or functional activities.
JOANNE MORRELL: Physiotherapist
APAM, International Classifier Cerebral Palsy Football, ParaTaekwondo, National Athletics and Boccia Classifier
Hours Available: Tuesday mornings (fortnightly), other appointments available on request – please contact administration at Unique Kids Clinic.
Jo has been working with children, and young people with developmental and neurological conditions, sports injuries and growth related problems since 1981. After a year at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, she moved from Tassie to the UK where a job at Gt Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children in London cemented her love of paediatrics. Jo has worked in rural, remote and busy metropolitan hospitals, including working closely with the community in schools and sporting and funding bodies.
Being an active participant in sport herself, one of Jo’s goals is to encourage children to participate and be active. Being competitive, if part of a child and parent’s nature, can also be supported and directed through Jo’s involvement as a classifier for Australian Paralympic Committee, and IFCPF (International Federation Cerebral Palsy Football).
Jo has training in dynamic taping, resistance/support work including use of a cage, gait re-education, neurological assessment and many outcome measures (including NSMDA, AIMS, Quality FM).
ELIZA SHUMACK: Art Therapist
Adv Dip Art Therapy, Grad Dip Psych, BA (PR & Comms)
Hours available: Monday, Thursday and Friday
Eliza is passionate about utilising Art Therapy to provide clients with a safe place to express their feelings and gain insight into their lives. She utilises a variety of creative modalities to allow them to explore their internal and external world and aims to walk alongside them in their explorations to support the development of healthy coping skills, resilience, confidence and self-esteem.
She moved to the Illawarra after having spent some years in Byron Bay where she ran creative workshops for those living with dementia, women and children. She is a nature lover who enjoys surfing, yoga and any form of creative expression. Being a child at heart herself, she understands the value of play in therapy and loves connecting with children in this space.