Maginnis Connell

Occupational Therapist 

Kids Play Occupational Therapy

Maginnis Connell is a passionate and motivated individual with a strong background of working with children with disabilities. While studying at university degree, Maginnis worked as a disability support worker and engaged in voluntary work organising annual holiday camps for children with disabilities. She has extensive experience working with children with a range of disabilities, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment and social and behavioural challenges, and with their families.

In December 2019 Maginnis graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (honours) from the University of Queensland, She has been a valued member of the Kids Play team throughout 2020 and into 2021.

While working at Kids Play, Maginnis has further developed her skills across a range of areas in order to support children and their families in developing the skills they need to complete day-to-day activities, develop social and play skills, and increase independence.

Maginnis has experience in the following areas.

  • Complex difficulties
  • Developing attention and concentration skills
  • Sensory Processing Difficulties
  • Autism / Aspergers Syndrome
  • Developmental Delays
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder or Dyspraxia
  • Self regulation and behaviour
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Behaviour Difficulties
  • Play and social skills
  • Activities of daily living including eating, toileting and dressing
  • Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting, cutting skills and typing skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Childcare / school participation 

Maginnis's special areas of interest include

Autism spectrum disorder, early intervention, sensory processing difficulties, developmental delays, emotional regulation, toileting challenges and fine motor/handwriting difficulties.

The key approaches Maginnis uses include

Katy's special areas of interest include

Sensory Processing, DIR Floortime, The Alert Program, Zones of Regulation, and Positive Parenting

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