Our founders story
My occupational therapy journey started when I was flicking through the careers book in high school, trying to find a meaningful career that would bring together what I was good at, what inspired me and what the world needed. I knew I was inspired by children and the world needed supportive early intervention programs. The next logical step was OT.
During university I met an incredible boy who changed my perspective and my families’ life forever. Fox, who has additional needs, had been through multiple unsuccessful foster placements. My parents were also touched by Fox’s authenticity and readiness to be loved, so they chose to become his foster parents and at long last I had a sibling! This little man taught me so much more than I could ever have learnt from a textbook, and I gained the perspective that I was no longer the therapist looking in at the client, but living on the inside as a sister of a child with additional needs.
My first step out into the working world was through the doors of Novita Children’s Services. I jumped into the deep end and loved every minute of it, but the time to move on came when I got my first whiff of ‘sensory processing’. This led me to my role at Occupational Therapy for Children, where I was buying more textbooks than I could read, receiving top class supervision, creating my own programs and seeing incredible changes in the kids I was working with.
The final missing piece was understanding how that change was occurring within the brain from a neuroscience lens. It was also time to scratch my travel itch, so I headed to South America as one of eight individuals accepted to complete Sensory Integration –
Training through the University of Southern California. This is the crème de la crème of trainings, and I learnt how Sensory Integration Therapy makes such tremendous changes. I was in true alignment with my passion and purpose.
I continued my thirst for travel and Sensory Integration education, landing in London, where I worked within a Private Sensory Integration Practice in the middle of Marylebone. When my visa was up, I moved back home to Adelaide and continued to build on my experience and expertise at Adelaide Paediatrics, helping many families struggling with sensory challenges.
The burning desire to create something that could truly change the lives of children and families became too strong to ignore, and try as I might, Motivate Kids seemed to almost birth itself.
Motivate Kids is not just an Occupational Therapy Private Practice. It is a place where we build on strengths and close the gaps in development for children who experience challenges of all kinds. It is a melting pot of international experience, backed by research and underpinned by personal growth. Providing assessments, therapy plans, and therapy is our bread and butter, but it’s just the beginning.
My vision for our children, their parent carers, and the therapists who work alongside me is to create a compassionate community of innovative therapy support as we strive to help children to be the best they can be. It’s a grand vision, and it’s so exciting watching it unfold with the remarkable team of Motivate Kids.