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Occupational therapists work with you to help your child participate and build independence in everyday activities such as dressing, mealtimes, learning and play.

Our occupational therapists can:

  • Help your child to use their hands to reach, hold and manipulate objects during everyday activities
  • Provide specialised equipment (such as hand splints, wheelchairs, mealtime equipment, bathing equipment) to assist in access, participation and safety
  • Provide advice about toys, activities and games suitable for your child
  • Recommend adaptations to your child’s environment in home, school or day care.

Kites occupational therapists can also support children who may have social, emotional, sensory or behavioural challenges that impact on their comfort, sense of security and interactions with those around them.

Kites occupational therapists are registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

To find out more about occupational therapy, get in touch with us today. If you’re ready to get started, make a referral now.

Brianna Pemberton

Occupational Therapist

Brianna graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and has since worked at Geraldton Regional Hospital, VisAbility, and now Kites Children's Therapy. Brianna has worked with children with a range of disabilities including vision impairments, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions, ASD, anxiety, intellectual disability, sensory processing challenges or other developmental delays.

"I really enjoy working with the families and within a supportive team at Kites. It is very special being able to see children develop skills that facilitate their independence and ability to participate in daily tasks people take for granted."

Kate Veryard

Occupational Therapist

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from Curtin University in 2000. Since then, she has worked as an OT with a variety of age groups and in a range of settings, including Osborne Park Hospital, Bentley Health Service and VisAbility. She's also worked in London in Rehability with Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trust. Kate has extended her knowledge base as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Health Research with the University of Notre Dame.

"I work with a fantastic team and I get to work with both dogs and kids, what’s not to love!? I love to see kids excited to attend therapy. It’s so nice to see their faces light up when they walk into the room and see Bazza."

Nat O’Neill

Occupational Therapist

Nat graduated with Distinction from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2004. She has worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist with Rehabilitation in the home and has completed training with her own dog to become an accredited volunteer with Animal Companions. Nat was also nominated for the Youth Volunteer of the Year award.

"The best part about the job is working with families and seeing the difference a dog can make in a child’s life. In Dog Assisted Therapy, the children are motivated and it allows us to get creative in helping them achieve their OT goals."