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© 2017 by Samantha Roberts

Little Achievers Occupational Therapy are specialists in sensory processing and child development

About Us

 

Little Achievers Occupational Therapy uses a family-centred model with goals set collaboratively with parents and carers. We use a DIR®/ Floortime approach to therapy as well as a range of other specialised sensory techniques.
Our therapies are beneficial for a number of diagnosis including Autism, ADHD/ ADD, Emotional and mood disorders, Dyspraxia and movement disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X, hearing impairment, vision impairments and other physical and learning difficulties.


Little Achievers Occupational Therapy recognises that Early Intervention is the key to your child’s development and encourages parents to become involved in therapy sessions.

Samantha Roberts:

 

Little Achievers Occupational Therapy was started in 2011 by Samantha Roberts.


Sam graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and has continued to pursue paediatrics across a range of paediatric fields both in Australia and the UK.

Sam is currently working in the UK branch of Little Achievers Occupational Therapy around Yorkshire and is still involved in her Little Achievers Occupational Therapy Sydney clinic.

She has worked in a variety of settings including Government, community, school contracts, hospital settings (inpatient and outpatient), not for profit, National Health System in the UK as well as owning and running her private practice and working as an associate in other private practices around the UK.


Sam has experience with mild to severe physical and intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioural issues, sensory processing disorders, motor and coordination difficulties and learning delays for a range of diagnoses. She has worked in special schools and consulted with mainstream schools and preschools/ daycares to provide training and education sessions on sensory processing disorder.


Sam has completed training in a range of specialised sensory techniques and is accredited to implement the Wilbarger Therapressure technique and basic and advanced Therapeutic Listening® Programs. Other training completed include M.O.R.E. (Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions), Basic level DIR®/ Floortime, Focus on Treatment workshop (Sheila Frick and Colleen Hacker), Praxis treatment workshop, S.O.S Approach to Feeding, Astronaut Training (Visual- Vestibular- Auditory triad), Eyesight to Insight (visual training), Essentials of Sensory Integration Theory (Theresa May- Benson) and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI).

She has recently completed her Kinesiotaping training KT1 and KT2. More recently Sam has trained in completing Tribunal assessments for children to receive appropriate OT input in their education plans.

Sam is part of several networking mentoring groups across Sydney and the UK.

In 2019, Sam started working towards becoming accredited in Sensory Attachment Intervention to work with vulnerable children and their families.


Sam has worked with the Catholic Education Office from 2013- 2014 implementing Occupational Therapy strategies in to the classroom and supporting children with complex needs within the Allied Health Project, Complex Communication Team and the sensory processing and equipment use in schools.


Samantha has a strong passion for paediatrics and sensory integration and continues to develop her clinical and professional skills.

 

Corinne Rixon:

Corinne graduated from University of Western Sydney in 2011 with a Bachelor in Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). Having a sister that is passionate for paediatric occupational therapy, Corinne knew early into her studies that her interest lay in paediatrics and working with children with special needs. Corinne enjoys working with a holistic view, ensuring each child is reaching their potential in every aspect of their life. 

Corinne thrives from learning and continuing to develop her education to ensure sufficient practice including The Traffic Jam in My Brain - Genevieve Jereb; Building Blocks for Sensory Integration Course - Sheila Frick, Therapeutic Listening® Listening with the whole body - Sheila Frick and Lynette Burke Basic and Advanced as well as Sensory Defensiveness, A Comprehensive Treatment Approach - Patricia and Julia Wilbarger. She has also completed Picky Eaters VS Problem Feeders: The SOS approach to feeding - Dr. Kay Toomey and Dr. Erin Ross; A 5 Day Treatment Course - Sheila Frick: Clinical Perspectives - Sheila Frick as well as Astronaut Training.

 

Corinne loves working with movement and exploring early development and its movement patterns. For this reason, she is also trained in Kinesio Taping KT1 and KT2. 

As a new graduate, Corinne observed a large amount of need for language and need for emotional regulation within her sessions. She felt the use of Key Word Sign in her sessions supported understanding and expectation of each child and their relationship with the therapist. For this reason, Corinne has also completed both Basic Key Word Sign and Advanced Key Word Sign as well as presenter training for KWS.

 

 

Jaimie Phipps

Jaimie Phipps graduated from Western Sydney University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Health Science, Master of Occupational Therapy. She has always had a passion for working with children having experience working in childcare during her studies. 

 

Jaimie enjoys working closely with families to provide the children with a holistic approach when aiming to improve their independence and achieve their goals. Jaimie enjoys furthering her education having completed several courses after studies, these include: The Traffic Jam in My Brain - Genevieve Jereb, Integrating Listening Systems (iLs) Practitioner Course - Joanna McIntyre & Provide Care for Children (Introductory strategies for a safe and healthy environment) - Dr Mary Anne Hall. 

 

Jaimie enjoys combining her passion for sport and movement together with Occupational Therapy practices to find the best intervention methods for the children. Jaimie has started a Ninja Warrior group at the clinic which is based on Occupational Therapy goals.