Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Judy is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in both Canada and Australia, specializing in neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics. She has post graduate training in techniques of Neuro Developmental Therapy, Conductive Education and Sensory Integration.
More recent post graduate training has focused on assessment and strategies for children with autism spectrum disorder and children with cerebral palsy, as well as general strategies for young children with anxiety and learning difficulties.
Living and working in the Bairnsdale area for over 30 years has enabled Judy to develop strong links with the local health and community services networks.
Judy is a member of OccupationalTherapy Australia, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Amaze (Autism Victoria) and the Mental Health Professionals Network.
Judy is an accredited swim instructor as well as an experienced paediatric OT. She is qualified to provide infant and toddler lessons in addition to basic swim training. She is also qualified to run the Royal Lifesaving Swim and Survive program.
The OT clinic is well established and includes facilities that enable use of sensory integration principles. Different treatment areas are available to cater for the varying needs of different age groups from infants through to secondary school students.
The clinic is situated close to the hospital and other medical clinics. It has wheelchair access and toilet facilities that are suitable for wheelchair users.
A Speech Pathology service is co-located in the same building.
Aquatic OT or swimming sessions occur in an outdoor salt water swimming pool at Judy's home address. The pool is located in a picturesque rural setting, 20 minutes from Bairnsdale. Toilet and shower facilities are available for swimming sessions. Picnic facilities are also available.
- Assessment Reports
Assessment reports are prepared using formal assessment tools whenever possible. Informal observations referenced to developmental levels are used when formal assessment tools are not appropriate.
- Funding reports
Reports can be prepared to assist with funding for diagnosis, funding for school, funding for therapy programs, funding for home modifications or for access to specialised equipment.
- Family Centred
A family-centred approach which involves parents as well as the child in clarifying concerns and setting priorities for intervention provides the basis for therapy.
- Sensory Strategies
Sensory strategies are important tools to assist with calming and regulating behaviour. Each individual will have specific sensory issues and needs. It is therefore important to gather and then interpret the information regarding each individual's sensory profile - i.e. the very individual way in which the person responds to the sensory information around him/her and how this impacts on managing everyday situations.
- Skill Development
Specific skill development is offered in areas such as improving pen grip, early scissor use, drawing skills, handwriting, managing independent dressing, tying shoe laces - incorporating techniques and cueing that can really make a difference.
- Technology and early literacy
Advice is provided regarding how to use the appeal of technology such as apps to develop early literacy skills.
- Technology and behaviour strategies
Apps and computer-based cognitive behaviour programs can provide useful additional tools to help children develop a range of important skills such as understanding their own emotions and those of peers, identifying calming strategies and understanding appropriate social interactions.
- Visual strategies
For many children the most effective way to relay information to them is to present it in a visual format. Use of visual strategies can provide clear and meaningful ways to assist with reducing the conflicts that can arise when parents are dealing with children with difficult behaviour. This involves making up picture charts of house rules with parents, help with setting up incentive programs. Visual charts can also be made to help improve organisational skills for children and parents. Visual stories can help children understand and be prepared for situations that might otherwise worry them.
- SOS Approach to feeding
The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) program is a specialised program for children who are having significant difficulties with eating a variety of foods. This involves working closely with both parents and child.
All sessions incorporate developmentally appropriate play activities to engage the children in a way that they find enjoyable and fun.
- Education sessions
Formal or informal education sessions for families, community groups and agencies can be provided.
- Aquatic OT
Aquatic OT or swimming sessions are offered in the summer months (from December to April) at Judy's home address 20 minutes out of Bairnsdale. The peaceful rural setting and the individual sessions can provide an option for young children to learn about water safety and swimming in an environment that is less overwhelming than the community pool. Sessions include use of visual schedules and themes that appeal to children on the autism spectrum.
There are numerous funding options that can assist families with payment of fees.
Please phone the above number to talk through your options with Denise in the office, or with Judy directly. You can also send email enquiries directly to Judy.
- Fahcsia -
Judy is part of the consortium at Children's Medical Services which provides fahcsia services for children who are eligible for the Commonwealth Government programs of "Helping Children with Autism" and also "Better Start"
As an eligible mental health services provider, Judy can see clients under the Medicare funded "Better Access to Mental Health" program, which can be initiated by a GP or a paediatrician.
Judy can provide services through a GP referral under the Medicare program "Chronic Disease Management" (formerly known as "Enhanced Primary Care").
- Not-for-profit agencies
Judy is an approved provider for a number of not-for-profit funding bodies, such as Latrobe Community Health Service and Yooralla. Funding packages for therapy services can sometimes be accessed through these agencies.
- Private health Insurance
Judy is an approved provider for all major private health insurers.
Current as at: July 2017
Please phone the above number to talk through your needs with Denise in the office, or with Judy directly.
You can also send email enquiries directly to Judy.
|Standard 50-60 minute
|Fahcsia Better Start and Helping Children with Autism
|There will be an additional administration cost charged by Children's Medical Services
|Medicare: Mental Health Plan (MHP)/Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH)|
|10 sessions per year (50 minutes each)
|The first 2 sessions will be bulk billed, then for the next 8 sessions, this gap fee will be charged to clients
|Medicare: Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) - formerly called Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC)|
|5 sessions (30 minutes each) will be bulk billed
|5 sessions (50 minutes each) will be charged this gap fee
|Medicare: Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)|
|4 assessment sessions (50 minutes each) will be bulk billed
|20 therapy sessions (50 minutes each) available if assessed prior to 13th birthday, and completed by 15 birthday
|The first 2 therapy sessions will be bulk billed, then for the balance of sessions this gap fee will be charged to clients
|Aquatic OT sessions: |
|(Fahcsia funding can be used for these sessions)
|30 minute session
|45 minute session