Every parent wants their child to enjoy life and feel confident. However, when everyday tasks become a battle this can hinder a child’s wellbeing and impact the whole family/whānau.
Occupational therapy (OT) is for children and young people aged 2 ½ to 22 years who want to reach their potential in everyday activities such as:
- Maintaining friendships
- Washing, dressing and using the toilet
- Organising time and belongings
- Attending social events
- Using a computer and typing
- Play and hobbies
- Chores and part-time jobs
What Happens at Occupational Therapy?
Julia will get to know you and listen to your family’s/whānau’s needs. She will help you to make specific goals and a plan for therapy. In OT sessions Julia will use activities your child finds fun or meaningful to learn specific life skills. In-between sessions your child will practice these skills with the support of school staff and their family/whānau.
Areas of specialty:
- Assessment and reporting
- Handwriting tuition (all ages)
- Sensory processing differences
- Transition to ECE/ primary school
- Anxiety, addressing the impacts on everyday activities
- Psychological trauma, addressing the impacts on everyday activities
Services Julia Provides:
- 30-90-minute therapy sessions (@Kidz Therapy, your home, online or at school)
- Individual, group, and family sessions
- Parent consultations regarding challenges at home
- Teacher consultations regarding challenges at school
- Attendance at IEP and other school meetings
- Assessments and reports with practical suggestions.
Types of assessments include:
- Comprehensive assessment (assessment for multiple areas of challenge)
- Sensory processing assessment
- Handwriting assessment
- Special Assessment/Exam Conditions (NCEA, Cambridge, and International Baccalaureate)
- Training for schools and professional groups
Why Choose Julia?
- Julia genuinely cares for the families she serves and takes a fun and empathic approach to therapy. She understands that family life can be hectic and will journey with you and/or your child starting with where you are at right now.
- Julia has over a decade’s experience working with children and young people. She is skilled in addressing differences in sensory processing, motor development, learning, and social and emotional skills. Julia can help with common childhood challenges through to the impacts of profound disabilities and health conditions.
- Julia has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS), in an Auckland Special School, in hospital settings, in rural community health, and in international aid.
- Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy), Auckland University of Technology
- Master of Applied Science, Deakin University, Geelong
- Developmental Psychology 1-year mentored practice, Mindful Institute for Developmental Health and Research, Melbourne
- NZ Registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT)
Julia has also conducted three research projects on occupational therapy with children who have been traumatised from maltreatment. Complex child trauma (also known as Developmental Trauma) is an area she specialises within the practice.