Katy has over 11 years experience working with children in Australia and the United Kingdom.
She has experience providing assessment, collaborative goal setting and intervention to children with a wide range of disabilities and difficulties. Katy is passionate about empowering children and families to achieve the results and changes that are most important to them and make a difference to their every day lives.
Key approaches we use include Sensory integration, Sensory Processing, DIR Floortime, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, The Alert Program, Behavioural Approach to Toileting and Skill Development and the SOS approach for feeding difficulties.
Katy has extensive experience working within teams. She started Kids Play to be able to provide Occupational Therapy in a location with Speech Therapists and Psychologists to enable a collaborative approach. Katy has worked within main stream schools, special schools childcare centres, kindergartens and preschools to support children’s inclusion and success.
Katy has a specialist interest in children who are picky eaters and problem feeders. She works with families and children to develop children’s participation in mealtimes, independence in eating and broadening the range of foods and textures they will incorporate in their diet.
Katy’s second special interest area is developing children’s toileting skills. Many children have difficulty learning to use the toilet, have frequent accidents or avoid using the toilet. 10% of children in Prep continue to have frequent accidents and need extra help to build their skills and confidence to independently manage their bowel and bladder. Katy supports families to address the underlying causes and empowers children to successfully keep their pants dry.
Team members can include Parents, Grandparents, Childcare Workers, Teachers, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Dieticians, Paediatricians, Doctors, Behavioural Optometrists and Chiropractors.
Key Training Attended
- The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship based model (DIR Floortime), Serena Weider, Kathy Walmsley and Mari Caulfield
- Sensory Integration: Theory and Intervention, by Sensory Integration Network of UK and Ireland
- SOS Approach to Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders, Kay Toomey and Erin Ross
- Paediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Workshops, Dr Pamela Dodrill, Dr Memorie Gosa and Nadine Frederiksen
- Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis: from Ideation to Execution, Dr Teresa May-Benson
- What to do with Wees and Poos. Behavioural Management for Encopresis and Nocturnal Enuresis in Children, Rebecca Khan and Leisha Ward
- Daytime Bladder Dysfunction Workshop 2013, Continence Foundation of Australia
Ongoing Professional Development
- Attended Camp Jabiru as a practicum 2012, Colleen Hacker
- NDT/SI & Play, Lezlie Adler
- M.O.R.E. Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions, Patti Oetter and Eileen Richter
- Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach, Patricia Wilbarger and Tracy Stackhouse
- The Big Four, CAPD, Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism, Martha Burns
- Tools For Tots, Dianne Henry
- Baileys Scales of Infant Development Assessment Training, Monica Cuskelly
- Assessing Sensory Integration in Children, University of Sydney
- Assessment and Treatment of Infants with Sensory Integration Problems and Disorders of Regulation, by Megan Faure
- Assessment and Treatment of Sensory Modulation Disorders in Children with Different Developmental Disorders, by Sidney Chu
- Sensory Processing and Self Regulation: Considerations for Best Practice and Sensitive Parenting, by Gillian Fowler
- Play Theory and Practice – Anita Bundy
- Learn to Play – Karen Stagnetti
- Children with DCD – College of OT UK
- Bobath Approach to the Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy – Bobath Centre UK
- Communication Works, Seminar and Exhibition – UK
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Workshop
- Australian Makaton Presenter Training