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KAT

Senior Occupational Therapist

Director

After deciding in year 10 that Occupational Therapy was the career she wanted to pursue, Kat trained to become an Occupational Therapist at one of the most renowned schools in Germany and graduated in 2008 as the best of her class. Kat continued to study for a Bachelor of Science and commenced employment in a private practice working with clients of all ages which included a high percentage of paediatric and hand therapy clients. Graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Kat continued working in the private practice for a few more months before taking a break in 2011 to follow her dreams to Australia.

 

After working and travelling Australia for a year, Kat extended
her stay in Australia and commenced work as an Occupational Therapist in 2012.  

 

Following her passion for working with children and providing the services required for the individual clients, Kat opened Little Hands OT in August 2015 with the vision that Little Hands OT will provide services to children with special needs to enable them to experience the wonders in their surroundings and allow them to participate in and influence their environment. 

 

When not working Kat loves to travel and explore. Regular trips take her to the beautiful places the world has to offer and also home to catch up with her family and friends in Germany.

Kat is a passionate dancer who teaches, performs and competes within Canberra, Australia and sometimes even Europe. One day she hopes to combine her two passions, dance and OT by teaching all ability dance classes as part of a regular dance school and take a group to festivals to perform alongside their peers.

 

 

 

 

 

Sam

SAMANTHA

Senior Therapy Assistant
Practice Manager

Sam graduated with a Certificate 4 in Allied Health Services in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy in July 2018. She completed all placements in paediatrics for Occupational and Physiotherapy and has always had a passion for working with young children, she loves to see all the children and families work towards and achieve their goals. 

Sam joined Little Hands OT in January 2017 and is our Senior Therapy assistant and Practice Manager. Sam worked in office administration for 10 years before commencing at Little Hands OT.  

 

Outside of work, Sam is a mother to two young boys and enjoys taking them to their sporting commitments and adventuring out to explore new places together. 

LIANA

Therapy Assistant

 Liana works alongside the team as a therapy assistant/administrative assistant. She has experience in supporting children with special needs
in a 1:1 setting which is a great asset to the clinic as she supports the therapists by executing therapy programs, making resources and general admin.

Liana’s job assists her in further developing her skills and knowledge while she is studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. Her goal is to gain as much experience as she can so that she can practice with confidence and proficiency. 

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MARJA AND BEAR

Therapy dogs

Marja and Bear are part of the Little Hands family and are a staple in the day-to-day clinic experience. Both are very loved by our little clients and their parents. To enable Marja to participate in sessions and assist the therapists, she became a certified Therapy Assistant Dog with the Lead the Way and Alpha Canine Professional training program in 2016.

ERICA

Occupational Therapist

Erica graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters in Occupational Therapy, having previously achieved a Bachelors of Education (primary). 

 

Erica is excited to combine these two fields to create engaging therapy interventions for children of all ages. She is passionate about working with clients on their unique personal goals and watching children increase their independence and meet their occupational goals.

Having previously worked as a classroom teacher she has considerable experience working with children to achieve education based goals.
Erica worked as a special needs and relief teacher in Indigenous outback communities, giving her experience working with children of wide ages and diverse needs. As a special education teacher Erica oversaw a whole school special education program, including a reading program, and
ran training for support staff on how to best support students with additional needs.

 

Erica has also undertaken professional development on whole-school education approaches with a focus on increasing inclusivity in the mainstream classroom. Erica has completed several professional development and webinars focusing on working with children on the Autism Spectrum. This includes as an educator reviewing how children with autism managed recess and lunch time, which included an introduction of more passive play and organised play sessions at lunchtime and training for support staff on transitions to and from
play time.

 

Outside of work Erica enjoys camping, caving and any outdoors adventures. She loves spending time with her family, including her young daughter. Erica has always enjoyed giving back to the community as a Girl Guide leader for over 10 years, leading girls of all abilities on programs with community service, advocacy, outdoor and other individual interests.  She was also a volunteer with the SES and a Trip Guide and committee member for a speleological (caving) club. 

Erica works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.