Meet Our Team

 Our therapists work as a team, constantly consulting with each other so our patients receive the best possible program developed just for them. Our clients are assessed by one of our Senior Occupational Therapists, who will then advice on the best member of our staff complement to carry out the OT Program with you.

Qualifications

In Sync Kids OT maintains Sensory Integration (Ayres Sensory Integration®) as the core treatment modality.

 

All therapists at In Sync Kids OT are provided with opportunities to further their knowledge and skills in this approach. All staff at In Sync Kids OT have or are completing The Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI), offered through  the Collaborative for Leadership in ASI (CLASI), is an advanced training program or the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification course. These education programmes are  produced according to the guidelines of the International Coalition of Education in Ayres Sensory Integration®, promoting excellence in scholarship, assessment, and education in ASI. 

 

We have embraced evidence-based research and Ayres’ SI to ensure that our services meet the needs of our clients. We have used the ‘Fidelity Measures in SI’ to guide the training of staff at In Sync Kids OT and as such planned and invested in our clinic equipment to meet these requirements.

Carlyn Cooper

Carlyn Cooper has extensive experience working in the UK and Brisbane as a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist. She has consulted in a range of settings including state, private and special needs schools and has found that treatment in collaboration with teachers, parents and the learning support team, is more successful. Her experience has ranged from severe disabilities such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder to specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Additionally she is passionate about educating teachers, parents and educators and has completed many workshops in Europe, UK and Brisbane to provide a better understanding of the impact of Sensory Processing in the classroom and at home. 

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Carlyn also continues to advocate the need for providing services to children, in mainstream schools, with attention and mild learning difficulties and for the early intervention for children who were born prematurely. Her specialism is treatment of Sensory Processing through Sensory Integration treatment and Neurodevelopmental Disorders which can have a significant impact on a child's ability to successfully function at home and at school.   

Director BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Carlyn Cooper

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Katie-Leigh Paulsen (Katie) has experience working in Singapore and Australia as an Occupational Therapist. She has worked with children of all ages with developmental delays, congenital conditions and children on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Katie has experience working in clinics, homes, schools and early intervention services, collaborating with caregivers, allied health professionals, teachers and the learning support team. With her experience across a range of settings, Katie is proficient at adapting therapy approaches to best suit the child and their family. Katie’s specialises in Neuro-Developmental and Sensory Integration intervention approaches. Her post-graduate training includes Sensory Integration (Ulster University) and the Therapeutic Listening Program. Katie’s passion lies in the education of caregivers, healthcare professionals and the teaching community on the impacts of sensory processing difficulties on a child’s daily functioning.  

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Katie-Leigh Paulsen

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Marilyn has experience working as an Occupational Therapist in various fields, from having worked with adults, geriatrics and paediatrics. Marilyn has always had an interest in paediatrics since working in childcare and paediatric educational services while completing her degree at the University of Queensland. Marilyn has worked with children of all ages with sensory processing challenges, developmental delays, learning difficulties and children with autism spectrum disorder. Marilyn is a warm and passionate therapist who aims to work collaboratively with the child, family, teachers and support network to reach the child’s full potential.

Marilyn specialises in Sensory Integration intervention and Neuro-developmental treatment approach while also having experience with school-based intervention approaches including working on fine motor and gross motor skills. Her post-graduate training includes the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI) Modules. Marilyn is family-centred and therapy is always individually tailored for the child and family to maximise the child’s potential at home and at school.

Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Marilyn Tran

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Shivank has been working as an occupational therapist with children since 2012 in India, before moving to Australia in 2017 to pursue his Masters in Occupational therapy from Australian Catholic University. He has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, integrated schools, special schools, and private practice. He enjoys working with parents, educators, speech therapists, psychologists to provide a holistic and child-centred intervention. He has a wide range of experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficits Hyperactivity Disorder, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, and other developmental disabilities.

Shivank is passionate about neurodevelopment and sensory integration; and completed his post-graduate training in Sensory Integration (University of Southern California). He is an advocate for early intervention for children with developmental delays to enable their participation and home and school. Shivank also has a special interest in professional development and research. He believes in empowering children with life skills to help them “rise and shine”.

Bachelors of Occupational Therapy/Masters of Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy)

Shivank Sharma

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Angie has experience working as an OT with children in country South Australia and Adelaide. She has worked with children and teenagers of all ages with developmental delays, Autism and a variety of intellectual and physical disabilities. She has recently relocated to Brisbane and is excited to further her skills and provide a much needed service to the community. 

 

Angie also is a qualified dance instructor and has had many years experience teaching a variety of dance styles to children and adults both in mainstream and disability settings.  Her passion in dance has fuelled her interest in working with children and using movement to support development. 

 

Angie has a background in Neuro-developmental treatment approach and specialises in Sensory Integration and Primitive Reflex Integration.  Her post-graduate training includes the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI) Modules. She also has experience working across both school and clinic based settings. Angie is passionate about providing a holistic approach to therapy and working with the foundations of learning and development to enable ongoing success throughout life.

Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Angie Castillo

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Lauren  has extensive experience working in the the United Arab Emirates and the Gold Coast as a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist. She has a passion for early intervention with younger yearsw from a neurodevelopmental and Sensory integration approach.

 

She has gained experience in a variety of setting and multidisciplinary teams, teachers and families providing a holistic approach to meeting milestones. Her experience includes global developmental delays, neurological conditions as well as  Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing disorders. 

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Lauren continues to advocate the need for early intervention and screening in premature babies and babies with a complicated birth history. She is sensory integration certified and uses this approach in combination with Neurodevelopmental  treatment to successfully meet developmental milestones and develop appropriate sensory systems.

 BSC Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Lauren Cross

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Clare assists the team in delivering a range of treatment sessions, and as a prior Support Worker, continues to expand her knowledge working with children with developmental delays, Autism and a variety of intellectual disabilities. Clare is also studying Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland, striving to work collaboratively with children and their support circle. Her main aim is to support and empower children and their families with knowledge and realistic strategies to utilise in all areas of their daily life. Currently acquiring her qualifications in Auslan, Clare hopes to bridge the gap between the Deaf community and valuable health services such as occupational therapy. 


 

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Clare hosts group sessions focusing on developing fine motor and gross motor skills, suitable for children of all ages. Since commencing at In Sync Kids OT, Clare has developed knowledge in sensory integration treatment, working with children of all ages who present with developmental delays, congenital conditions and disorders, learning difficulties and/or Autism.

Admin/Occupational Assistant

Clare Djokic

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