Therapeutic intervention in Bowen, Moranbah and Clermont
Meet Our Team
Kristy Williams—Director & Senior Occupational Therapist
KERRYN WAKE – Occupational Therapist
Kerryn graduated from Charles Sturt University, Albury NSW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Kerryn worked in rural and regional NSW for 3 years as a Allied Health practice Occupational Therapist before making the move to Central Queensland at the beginning of 2021.
Throughout her career, Kerryn has developed a passion for rural access to healthcare and empowering families with a holistic, family-centred approach.
Kerryn enjoys being an active part of her surrounding communities, Clermont and Moranbah – and loves all things rural life about her local regions.
Aileen Brown – Occupational Therapist
Aileen graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Since starting her career, she has developed special interests in early intervention, neurological rehabilitation, and supporting individuals to reach their full potential. Aileen is extremely passionate about supporting and empowering individuals and their families to reach their goals and thrive through a tailored, family centred approach. She believes that therapy sessions should be fun, engaging, meaningful and full of enjoyment and laugher for everyone involved. Aileen values individual differences and working closely with the team to provide a high-quality service that is unique for all individuals. She has a growing passionate about supporting the rural community and providing services to those in need. When Aileen is not working, you’ll find her spending time with her family, camping, fishing or wandering local markets.
Mikah graduated from University of the Sunshine Coast in 2021 with a Bachelor of Dietetics. Originally from Central Queensland, she is passionate about rural health and is excited to make the move back to a small town.
Mikah has experience working with a range of different caseloads during her clinical placements at Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Metro North facilities. From this, she developed a particular interest in working with children and their families, chronic disease, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders. She is eager to begin her career in private practice and have the ability to build meaningful relationships within the community.
As a dietitian, Mikah believes that building healthy relationships with food is extremely important for wellbeing, and employs this food-freedom philosophy into her practice. She is also passionate about ditching diet culture, and is always ready to fight nutrition misinformation.
When she’s not working, you can find her in the pool, on the netball court, or in the kitchen whipping up sweet treats.
Emma Steers – Administration Officer
Emma is the OT4You administration officer who has more than 20 years experience working in various administration and management positions. She is the friendly face all our families see as they walk through the door at our Bowen clinic. Emma is our office wonder woman, who can help with all our family’s administration needs.
Emma and her family are long term Bowen residence, who loves life in Bowen. When Emma isn’t at work, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 children.
A. Our primary focus is helping children and individuals maximise their potential to lead full and happy lives. An occupational therapist works closely with children and their families to determine what is limiting the individual in achieving their goals. An occupational therapist then either helps to develop the individual’s cognitive, physical, sensory, motor and social skills and/or makes adaptions to the environment to assist the individual.
A. We help work with children and individuals who have been diagnosed with:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Physical, visual or hearing impairments
However, a child doesn’t need to have a diagnosed condition to be referred to OT4You.
A. A referral to OT4You may be made if a child or individual experiences difficulties in the areas outlined below.
Developmental delay means that a child is behind in developing skills that are common during a particular age or during a particular time period. A developmental delay, however is more than being a little behind other children in a skill; it is being behind in a combination of skills or not meeting development milestones. These are examples of developmental delays:
- Not reaching developmental milestones of sitting, crawling, & walking
- Not learning at an age-appropriate level
- Not developing age-appropriate play & social skills
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are small movements made by the body, like writing or picking up cutlery. If your child is struggling with fine motor skills, they may have difficulty with one of these actions:
- Holding a pencil
- Using cutlery or straws at an age-appropriate time
- Using scissors
- Using zippers, buttons, shoelaces
- Colouring, drawing, tracing, prewriting shapes
- Poor handwriting, letter/number formation
- Not developing a hand dominance at an age-appropriate time
- Avoiding tasks & games that require fine motor skills
Movement, Strength, & Balance Development (Gross Motor Skills)
Gross motor skills help us move and coordinate our arms, legs, and other body parts. They involve larger muscles that help us control our body. A child who is behind in movement, strength, and/or balance may appear clumsy or uncoordinated. They may also have difficulty with these things:
- Going up and down stairs at an age appropriate time
- Coordinating both sides of the body
- Understanding the concept of right and left
- Poor ball skills
- Poor balance
Their muscle tone, or muscle tension and resistance, could be higher or lower than the appropriate developmental milestone. They might also:
- Be fearful of feet leaving the ground
- Not cross midline of his or her body during play & school tasks
- Avoid tasks & games that require gross motor skills
Visual processing is the process we use to make sense of what we see. It is a process in our brain that interprets visual information. If your child has difficulty with one of these things, they may have difficult with visual processing:
- Difficulty with the spacing & sizes of letters
- Difficulty with recognising letters
- Difficulty with copying shapes or letters
- Difficulty with visual tracking & crossing midline
- Difficulty finding objects among other objects
- Difficulty with copying from the board or another paper
- Difficulty with the concept of right & left
Your child may lose his or her place when reading or copying from the board or may have poor eye contact.
Sensory processing is making sense of information that we receive through our senses, like sound and smell. Your child may be oversensitive or under sensitive to sensory input around them and show the following symptoms:
- Overly sensitive or heightened reactivity to sound, touch, or movement
- Under-responsive to certain sensations (e.g. high pain tolerance, doesn’t notice cuts/bruises)
- Constantly moving, jumping, crashing, bumping
- Easily distracted by visual or auditory stimuli
- Emotionally reactive
- Difficulty coping with change
- Inability to calm self when upset
Social skills are skills that help us have relationships and understand those around us. They help us bond with other people in our life. Your child may have delayed social skills if they show some of the following things:
- Difficulty interacting socially & engaging with family and peers
- Difficulty adapting to new environments
- Delayed language skills
- Overly focused on one subject (e.g. space, universe, dinosaurs, trains)
- Can’t cope in the school environment
Play skills are skills that can help a child make sense of the world around them. A child can gain self-confidence, learn problem solving, and develop social skills through play. Your child may be developmentally delayed if they show one of the following symptoms:
- Needs adult guidance to initiate play
- Difficulty with imitative play
- Wanders aimlessly without purpose during play
- Moves quickly from one activity to the next
- Does not explore toys appropriately
- Participates in repetitive play for hours (e.g. lining up toys)
- Does not join in with peers/siblings when playing
- Does not understand concepts of sharing & turn taking
Learning challenges are another type of developmental delay. If your child is challenged by one of the following, you may want to consult an occupational therapist:
- Unable to concentrate & focus at school
- Easily distracted
- Difficulty following instructions & completing work
- Tires easily with school work
- Poor impulse control
- Hyperactivity or low energy
- Not keeping up with workload at school
- Difficulty learning new material
- Makes letter or number reversals after age seven
Remember that all children are different and develop skill sets at their own pace. However, if you think your child may be struggling with adopting some of these skills, our team can provide the support they need.
A. An assessment will take between 1.5–2.5 hours to complete. We ask that all potential clients please fill out our “Parent Pre-Assessment Questionnaire” and bring it along to your appointment. It’s recommended that the parents/carers attend this initial assessment and bring all relevant medical, health or school reports and documentation.
A. We conduct services at the clinic, your child’s home, school or anywhere they feel comfortable. The treatment location will depend on your child’s needs as well as those of your family.
A. OT4You is based in Bowen and Moranbah but offers services to the surrounding Whitsunday community. Suburbs serviced include Collinsville, Proserpine, Cannonvale, and Airlie Beach.
A. Yes, we are proud NDIS service providers! Health rebates are also available through Medicare. Alternatively, you may access rebates through private health funds (depending on your policy).