Achieve your goals, however big or small
Occupational Therapy will help you to be heard, understood, and supported to be the best version of you.
It’s a broad discipline that aims to support you to achieve goals in many tasks from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep – and everything in between.
Note: we currently offer face-to-face Occupational Therapy in the Barwon Area (Geelong, Colac and Surf Coast), however if you are outside of this region we have the capacity to offer telehealth service delivery if appropriate.
What our service will look like for you:
Step 1: First Catch-Up
We want to learn about you and from you. We may already have some information, however we want to know:
- What do you like to do?
- How do you spend your time?
- What are your interests?
- What challenges you in your everyday life?
We know that not everyone likes to sit at a table or in a clinic to talk about these things!
As Occupational Therapists (OTs), we are flexible and accommodating to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible. We can have our first catch-up in your home, community, via telehealth or wherever you feel comfortable.
- Go for a walk
- Sit in a café or on your couch at home
- Meet at a playground; or
- Do something together you enjoy.
In our first catch-up, we might talk about goals that you would like to work towards or areas that you find difficult, however we can leave this to our second catch-up if needed.
Step 2: Assessment
Roughly 1-2 weeks after our first meeting, we will have another catch-up.
This time we will likely ask you more specific questions about how you go with your day-to-day tasks. We may have questionnaires or assessment forms that we use. We may even ask to watch how you perform your daily tasks.
We like to ask you questions, as well as ask questions of the safe and supportive people you have around you.
Step 3: Goal Setting with YOU
We will build a team around you consisting of you and your supportive people — but you will be the focus of your support network.
Together we will come up with goals that you are motivated to achieve. Here are some areas of everyday life you may wish to focus on:
- Personal Care Activities — showering, toileting, dressing, tying shoelaces, shaving and cutting nails.
- Household Activities — meal preparation, making the bed, cleaning, gardening.
- Community Access and Participation — public transport training, road safety, shopping, ordering meals, handling money.
- Emotional Regulation — managing feelings of anger, anxiety and others.
- Social Skills and Friendships — making and maintaining friendships, having conversations, stranger danger.
- Executive Functions — planning and organising, concentration and attention, making and managing appointments, problem solving, time management, starting and initiating tasks.
- Sensory Regulation — understanding sensory patterns, implementing sensory inputs for regulation, interceptive awareness.
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills — throwing and catching, balance, coordination, handwriting, buttons and zips.
- Employment and Volunteering — resume development, job readiness skills.
If needed, we will help you to access assistive technology and equipment that will increase your independence and enable you to complete everyday tasks for yourself across all environments. These include:
- Equipment and Assistive Technology — mobility aids, continence aids, medication aids, chairs and beds which promote safe transfers and reduce pressure sores etc.
- Home Modifications — easier access to the home and rooms within the home to promote independence.
Housing & Accommodation
OTs can also play a big role in having the right accommodation and in-home support sourced based on your needs. OTs complete assessments and develop reports to justify and recommend:
- Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA)
- Supported Independent Living (SIL)
- Independent Living Options (ILO)
Step 4: Progressing Toward YOUR Goals (Intervention)
We will work toward your goals together. We like to make sessions hands-on, engaging and based around your interests and hobbies.
We have a wonderful team of OT’s you can trust, led with exceptional knowledge and experience. We look forward to assisting you to achieve your goals and continue to live an independent and fulfilled life.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Senior Occupational Therapist
Sophie has been an Occupational Therapist since gaining her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2016.
Sophie primarily works with individuals aged 7–25yrs with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 1 or 2), ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety and many others.
Her ultimate goal as an OT is to put herself in the shoes of the people she works with. Sophie has a particular interest in looking into individuals’ sensory preferences and matching these to the environment around them as best as possible.
Sophie is also a trained facilitator for the Secret Agent Society as well as the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®).
Sophie has always had a passion for ensuring everyone feels heard and understood. Seeing the smile on young people’s faces when she arrives and leaves keeps her coming back to work each day!
Tom started his career as an OT after graduating a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice from Latrobe University.
Tom believes everyone has the right to live life to their fullest potential. With previous experience as a support worker, Tom gained insight into the lived experience of people living with disability, which sparked his desire to make a difference.
Tom started his career at genU to advocate for people living with disability and to work with amazing people every day. He has particular interest in supporting people to live independently and develop life skills to thrive in the community.
Kristina has been working in the community sector since 2016 when she graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Kristina loves working as an Occupational Therapist in a community setting. She works with people on a long-term basis to improve daily life and participation in meaningful occupations.
Kristina has experience in functional assessments, equipment prescription, home modification, housing assessments, and capacity building and retraining.
Allied Health Assistant
Allied Health Assistant
Reuben is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.
Before his role as an Allied Health Assistant he worked as a support worker for 3 years all over Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. After graduating his degree he wants to work as an Occupational Therapist in the field of mental health.
His work as an Allied Health Assistant allows Reuben to provide meaningful supports to members of the community.