We would love to introduce ourselves. Our team started back in 2008. We work closely together supporting and mentoring each other to ensure our skills are always growing.
Hi, I am Alison. I originally established Independent Kids - Occupational Therapy in 2008.
For nearly 30 years I have worked with children in the public and private sector, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. I feel so privileged to have had the experience of working with some amazing therapists and meeting so many inspiring children and families in my career.
I originally trained at the University of Sydney and returned there to do my Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Occupational Therapy. I am passionate about training and acquiring new skills.
My best teachers are the children and families I work with and I believe a client centred approach is the key to the success of what we do. My aim is to assist children, young adults and their families reach their full potential, whether that is at home, school, the community and/or childcare. I have long standing experience in sensory issues and their related behaviours, social skills, planning (praxis) and learning abilities. I use many different approaches but am strongly influenced by the principles of DIR® (Floortime™).
I am incredibly lucky to work within such a talented and caring team.
Hi, I'm Rachel and I have worked alongside Alison since 2009.
I am a local girl but studied at La Trobe University in Victoria, graduating in 1994. I have worked in various places around Australia and the United Kingdom, but have come home to Tasmania where I share my time between my own little family and IKOT.
I love working with children and their families and have done so for much of my time in this field. An area of interest is sensory processing and how this influences attention and our capacity to engage with who and what is around us. Using our body for function can be a tricky thing, and the organisation of behaviour can be a challenge for many kids. Understanding the origins of these behaviours is an area that I enjoy, as is general development including handwriting and self care skills.
Along with my colleagues, I continually strive to keep my skills current and updated with regular PD. I work with an amazing group of girls at IKOT, we work together so well in an environment that is calm and supportive.
I am happy to work within the clinic setting but also at home and school where ‘real life’ happens. Many children can be nervous about what an OT does, but be assured it can be such a fun place to be!
Come and see!!
My name is Fiona and I am a new kid on the Independent Kids block. I graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University in 1994. I have worked in the public sector, private and contracts across country Victoria and four states in USA. I have finally laid my hat in Tasmania and have been here for 10 years. By far, I have spent most of my working life with children, in schools, outreach, clinic, locked facilities and home. This has been my greatest passion.
I enjoy connecting and working with families and children in a team approach to come up with solutions and strategies and I often prefer working in your living environments. I find that I learn/benefit as much, if not more from you, the clients as you may benefit from our interaction. I have trouble narrowing down speciality or preferred areas, though I have spent a lot of time working with children using a sensory processing and integration model. I work to update my skills to be current and I am currently focussing on updating and learning new skills in social cognition and feeding problems. I will constantly pick my beautiful and talented colleagues brains. It is such a welcome luxury to be working with such a large number of skilled paediatric specialists at IKOT. I can honestly say that I have finally found my dream job and am enjoying it thoroughly.
Personally, I have a 7 year old son and elderly cat named Madam Fluffy Pants, who rules our house and little family. We live in the south and are passionate about trains, being in the garden, music, getting outside on scooters, feet and bikes. I look forward to meeting more of you in the Independent Kids Family and continuing the journey. Cheers!
Hi, I'm Anna. After completing my Occupational Therapy degree in 2001 at the University of Queensland I worked in a private paediatric practice, as well as hospitals in and around Brisbane. In 2011 my husband and I decided to settle with our young family in beautiful Hobart. When I discovered Independentkids OT I was immediately attracted to its family and child centred ethos. I was excited to begin working here in 2012 and love working alongside such caring and supportive colleagues. My areas of interest include learning disability, handwriting, sensory processing and relationship based early intervention for autism. In addition to working in the clinic, I also visit schools and child care centres so as to provide support across a range of settings. Professional development is incredibly important to me, not only as it extends my own knowledge and understanding, but because it also enables me to offer parents and carers the best tools with which to support their child’s development. I strive to make OT a fun and relaxed experience for children and their families.
Hi, I’m Alison (the other one!) and I love working as an OT with young people. I’m passionate in supporting clients and families to understand their concerns, form goals, and work towards them together. Target areas often include play and social skills, self-care tasks and learning. Outcomes are often amazing – like sharing attention and a 2-way connection in play, writing a name, having toileting success, tolerating wearing shoes and socks or having a shower, or gaining equipment or strategies that makes learning, work or self-regulation easier. I really enjoy what I do. I’ve been working as an OT in the area of paediatrics since 1998. This has been in a variety of non-government, government and private practices. I’m a proud Hobartian. I studied OT at the University of South Australia and returned home to start work in Southern Children’s Services (Tas Govt funded) in what is now called St Giles. I worked in Melbourne for 5 years including work in children’s services at Scope and Yooralla (Victorian non-government disability organisations) and in private practices. I returned to Hobart in 2008 with my husband, and we now have two energetic, cheeky lads who amaze, exhaust and entertain us daily! I’ve loved working at IKOT since late 2010, as I balance my Mum and OT roles. It is a warm and welcoming practice with resourceful, effective and kind therapists to support you. Its exciting to imagine potential changes and new skills just around the corner!
Kathy Oliver (Knott)
Hello my name is Kathy, I am the Office Manager at Independent Kids. If you need to know anything, please call or chat to me about it. I really am happy to discuss anything at anytime. I love welcoming new clients to our premises, their little faces always light up when they see the gym and meet their therapists for the first time. When not answering the phone, making bookings or helping clients I also manage all the other parts that make the clinic work. This is something I have made a career of, having worked in the education system for nearly 30 years previously.
I love working with the girls at Independent Kids. They always have the client’s best interests at heart. They are a vibrant group and are always there to support each other.
When not working at Independent Kids I like to take my dog, Geordie on long walks or support my partner, restoring his boat. I love reading and catching up with friends over a coffee. I also enjoy time with my boys (men) and their partners and hopefully soon, grandchildren.
Hi, I'm Larissa, a recent addition to the team at Independent Kids Occupational Therapy.
I graduated with my Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University, Victoria in 2008 and I am currently in the process of completing my Masters in Counselling.
I have always had a keen interest in the area of Mental Health and have progressively expanded my skills in this field throughout my career.
I have over 8 years of experience working in a broad range of areas within the mental health sector, including both government and non government organisations and with people at all different ages and at different stages of the recovery journey. This has included work in an acute mental health in-patient unit, community case management for people with severe and persistent mental health, long term rehabilitation programs, and my most recent role with Headspace, providing prevention and early intervention of psychosis for young people.
I have a growing interest and passion for working in child and youth mental health and I'm excited to broaden my skills in this area, as I have seen the positive and profound impact that early intervention can have in shaping and altering the course of young peoples life's. I believe that therapy should be fun and engaging and I enjoy the creativity and flexibility that can be had while working with young people and their families.
I have worked across various places within Australia but I am excited to have finally made the move down to Tasmania, after many summers spent here, luxuriating in my passions of rock climbing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful outdoors and lifestyle that Tasmania has to offer.