Jade is one of our Senior Occupational Therapists, and has spend most of her career developing her skills and knowledge overseas in a range of disability, community, early intervention and educational settings.
She brings experience working with children from the early years through to school age, with a range of developmental delays and difficulties including cerebral palsy, complex neurological conditions, autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration difficulties, gross and fine motor difficulties and more. Jade was recently a member of a multidisciplinary Feeding and Swallowing team working with children with complex neurological impairment, and she will continue to bring these skills to the DWSP team.
In addition to working as an occupational therapist, Jade is also a qualified hydro-therapist, and has experience providing water-based therapy for children with cerebral palsy, motor impairments, and sensory integration difficulties.
Jade’s special interests involve working with children with complex needs and trauma-based backgrounds, assisting them to develop the skills and confidence to lead meaningful, productive lives. Her previous roles have included the development and delivery of educational and therapeutic-based programs to children and families of refugee and non-English speaking backgrounds – roles which have provided Jade with a greater appreciation for the need for cultural sensitivity and the development of trust and collaboration when building therapeutic relationships.
Jade is warm and engaging, and is passionate about the relationships that she builds with her clients and their families. She believes in working together with the families to develop goals that are meaningful and achievable, and continually seeks out new learning opportunities to ensure that her therapy sessions are fun and evidence-based.