Claire started AIM Occupational Therapy for Children in 2009. She has now grown it to a team of 6 Occupational Therapists and 1 receptionist whom provide services from Wembley, Forrestdale, Huntingdale, Gosnells and Mandurah. She now provides clinical services part-time and manages staff and the organisation part-time. Claire’s background includes receiving a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with First Class Honours from Curtin University (2008). Her Honours project involved investigating a potential role for Occupational Therapy in an Australian Mother Baby Unit. In 2010 Claire presented this research at the World Federation Conference in Chile and at the State Occupational Therapy Conference. She is able to provide services under NDIA, FaHCSIA, Medicare (including Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care). She is a developmental and mental health Occupational Therapist who has worked predominantly with 3 – 17 year olds. Claire works mainly with individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dysgraphia and Sensory Processing Disorder. Claire has participated in several mentoring programs worldwide. She has completed a variety of Professional Development courses and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia Ltd and the Australian Occupational Therapy Association. She is currently involved in a working party to develop a paper proposing a role for Occupational Therapy in the assessment and intervention of students with Developmental Coordination Disorder and students with Dysgraphia. She has assisted in the supervision of 15 fourth year students from Curtin University. When she is not working she loves attending a variety of group fitness classes, shopping and catching up with friends and family, especially her toddler nephew. Her passion is to provide the highest quality of services possible from AIM Occupational Therapy.
BSc(OT) – Wembley Occupational Therapist and Administration Management
Jasmine Fong BSc(OT) – Occupational Therapist. Jasmine graduated from Curtin University at the end of 2010 with the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has a passion for working with children with disabilities and has experience in screening, assessment and intervention with children with learning difficulties as part of the Child Development Service in the Armadale region. She also has volunteered her time in various community programs for children, teaching them social skills, gross motor skills, social interaction, age relevant play techniques and participation. Jasmine has a particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and also in the areas of fine motor development, handwriting, school readiness, social skills and self regulation. Jasmine has been part of the AIM OT team for 4 years. Jasmine is a member of the WA Occupational Therapy Association, Autism Association, Autism West and DOT WA Inc, a non-for profit association that supports Occupational Therapists working with children to network with their colleagues, share resources and information and access high quality training events. Jasmine provides the majority of AIM OT’s Social Skills groups as well as individual and several other group sessions.
Occupational Therapist (Wembley, Joondalup and School Visits)
Monika has been a paediatric Occupational Therapist for over 7 years. She completed a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy – Advances in Neurosciences at Mumbai University in 2005. She is passionate about working with children and has worked in private, public and community settings in Australia, India and USA. Monika is a member of the Occupational Therapy Australia Association, Western Australia Occupational Therapy Association and the Developmental Occupational Therapist interest group of WA.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2010, Monika has worked in India and USA. Her practice is guided by a child/family centered approach and a strengths based approach. She uses evidence based interventions to achieve developmental milestones and to promote participation in day to day activities.
At her previous job in Hobart, Monika has been a part of the early intervention team where she provided services to 0 – 5 year olds with development delays. In this role she collaborated with the speech pathologist, physiotherapist, social workers and teachers to provide quality services to the infants, children and their families.
Monika has experience working with a range of paediatric conditions including neurological, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, orthopaedic and surgical. She has worked with children with diagnoses ranging from learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X, Muscular Dystrophy and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She actively engages in ongoing professional development to support her clinical practice.
Monika provides services to infants and children 0 – 18 years old and is the sole provider of services to infants
Some indicators for referral of infants/babies to Occupational Therapy are below:
*Delay in developing age appropriate play and hand skills (grasping objects, playing with both hands, reaching, preferring one side more than the other for reaching and play) and any sensory sensitivities or under responsiveness (overly sensitive to or not reacting to textures and other sensations – detests bath time, nail cutting, solids)
When Monika isn’t working, she is busy with her two young children and catching up with friends.
Monika looks forward to meeting and working with your children
BSc(OT) - Senior Occupational Therapist
Shannon graduated the Occupational Therapy course at Edith Cowan University in 2009. Her initial OT position was at Bentley Health Services working in the areas of home visiting (equipment prescription and home modifications), geriatric outpatient rehabilitation and then semi-acute geriatric inpatient rehabilitation. Shannon left Bentley to go on an extended honeymoon. Upon her return she was able to fulfill her goal of working with children; she has now been a team member of AIM Occupational Therapy for 5 years and has a special interest in learning difficulties and hypermobility.
BSC (OT) (Hons) – Occupational Therapist (Wembley and School Visits)
Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) which she completed at Curtin University. She has a passion for working in paediatrics and mental health. Tiffany has previous experience working as an Occupational Therapist in an acute hospital setting, assisting people with mental illness and disabilities. Tiffany has also worked at a paediatric private practice in the Eastern suburbs. Tiffany is passionate about working with children of all ages, supporting and assisting toddlers all the way through to teenagers and young adults. Tiffany is experienced in the areas of fine and gross motor developmental, handwriting, sensory processing, emotional regulation and social skills. She has worked with children with a range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety, Hypermobility, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorders. Tiffany is an active voluntary member of the Disabled Surfing Association and finds it rewarding assisting people with a wide range of disabilities to have a go at surfing! In her spare time she enjoys coaching and playing netball, baking and loves all types of water sports.
Tiffany joined the AIM OT team as a part-time member in April 2016. Tiffany now works with AIM OT full-time across various locations and is involved in several school partnerships. Tiffany looks forward to meeting and working with your child and family.
Sophie received a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 2015. Her Honours project involved researching how connected young adults with and without autism spectrum disorder are through social media and looks forward to presenting her research at the National OT Conference in July 2017. Sophie is passionate about ongoing professional development and has completed her Applied Behaviour Analysis Course. Sophie has experience screening children in various schools and joined the team at Joondalup in July 2017. She is an active member of Developmental Occupational Therapists WA and is AHPRA registered. Sophie is highly motivated and passionate about working on occupational goals that are important to you and your child and looks forward to meeting you.
BSc(Curtin) - Occupational Therapist (Wembley, Gosnells, Forrestdale and School Visits)
Stephanie joined the AIM OT team in August 2016. Stephanie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2015. She accepted her first job as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and took a huge leap in moving to Mildura; a country town in Victoria. She has a strong passion for working with children to achieve their goals, which started from working in an Early Learning Centre and a Child Development Service. Stephanie is a highly motivated and qualified Occupational Therapist with a passion for connecting with people and making a difference to their lives. She is experienced in the areas of fine and gross motor development, behaviour management, self-care, functional skill development/environmental access, sensory processing, executive function, cognitive and visual perceptual retraining, social skill training, psychoeducation and ABA retraining. Stephanie actively seeks out new opportunities for learning and evidence based practice to better her clinical skills and is a member of DOT WA. She is certified to use Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapy and The Floortime Approach. She looks forward to meeting you and working with your child and family.
BSc(Curtin) - Occupational Therapist (Rockingham and Mandurah)
B.Occ Therapy – Occupational Therapist
Rinda graduated overseas in 1999 and started her career in Paediatrics working at a school for children with special needs (perceptual difficulties, fine- and gross motor difficulties, ADD/ADHD). She also managed her own private practice, including assessment and intervention of children with physical and cognitive difficulties. Rinda has worked in a variety of settings in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia including acute, community, special needs and aged care. She is a member of The Occupational Therapy Australia Association and AHPRA registered.
Range of diagnosed and undiagnosed difficulties including but not limited to learning difficulties, developmental delays, Autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Perceptual difficulties, Self regulation,
Areas of support but not limited to fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory regulation, social and play skills, sleep, toileting, independence, problem solving, reasoning, planning attention control and occupational performance.
Rinda is passionate about assisting children to reach their full potential and enabling them to fulfill their occupational roles in everyday life activities. When she is not working, Rinda enjoys spending time with her two active boys and husband, long walks on the beach and reading.
B Sc. Occupational Therapy (Curtin University). Medicare Provider for Better Access to Mental Health Care (Wembley, Saturday Mental Health Occupational Therapy)
Christine began her career as an Occupational Therapist in adult inpatient mental health, where she gained an understanding of how environmental factors, genetic influences, adverse childhood events and societal pressures can influence mental health across the lifespan. She developed a passion for early intervention to develop resilience and coping skills in children, to equip them with the skills to be healthy and resourceful adults. Christine then moved into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services where she gained experience in the assessment and treatment of developmental and psychiatric diagnoses and how they impact on occupational performance and participation. Her therapeutic approaches include but are not limited to; attachment theories, neurobiological responses to trauma, Sensory Processing (Winnie Dunn), Sensory Modulation (Tina Champagne) and a strengths-based model (Rap2Grow). In 2015, Christine moved to London, England and was able to expand on her application of Occupational Therapy across neurological, general medicine, orthopaedics and intellectual disability areas of practice.
Now returned to Perth, Christine looks forward to working collaboratively with your child or adolescent and their support network. This can include other health professionals, education providers and relevant agencies in person-centred and goal-oriented practice.
B Sc. Occupational Therapy (Curtin University). Medicare Provider for Better Access to Mental Health Care (Wembley, Saturday Mental Health Occupational Therapy)
Eleanor’s great passion is helping young people reach their fullest potential with occupational therapy. Eleanor graduated from OT in 2012 and proceeded to specialise in mental health while working for government and not for profit organizations. A dedicated and passionate OT, Eleanor has excellent skills in assessing, planning and implementing therapy programs that are person and family centered. She is highly motivated to ensure her therapy programs achieve measurable outcomes while ensuring her clients receive a quality professional service. Eleanor is committed to ongoing professional development and she recently completed a two-year training in Hakomi, a mindfulness based interpersonal therapy. With Eleanor’s passion, knowledge and experience, she has strong abilities to connect with and improve the well being and mental health of young people.
Cassandra (Cass) joined the AIM OT team May 2015. She is AIM OT’s receptionist on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. She has almost 10 years reception experience including completing her Medical Receptionist Certificate. Cass has also worked as an Education Assistant for children with Special needs with the WA Department of Education. Cass has 3 amazing children that keep her on her toes. She is passionate about her work at AIM as her son was diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety at a young age and can relate well with the parents of children who access AIM’s services. Outside of work, Cass loves spending time with her family.
Cheri is AIM Occupational Therapy’s receptionist on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Prior to joining AIM and Smart Talk Cheri worked as a receptionist at a Naturopathic Clinic and as a secretary to a Urologist. She has two sons aged 25 and 20 who she is very proud of. When time and money permit she loves to travel with her husband Paul. She looks forward to greeting you and your child in the office!
Amy de Klerk
Amy completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University and joined the AIM OT Team in July 2017. She has experience in working with a wide range of individuals of varying ages, backgrounds and disabilities. Over the course of her studies and through her experiences as an Occupational Therapist, Amy discovered her immense passion for working with children and their families to better their quality of life. Amy began her career as an Occupational Therapist in the field of clinical neuroscience in Perth. During this role, she also had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong on multiple occasions to provide therapy to young children experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurological disorders in an intensive fashion.
Amy will bring the knowledge from her past experiences to assist in understanding the neurological processes that may be influencing your child’s function, to better inform Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention strategies during their therapy journey. Amy places a high value on enhancing children’s ability to engage in meaningful occupation, whether this be at school, home or for leisure, from a young age. She recognises the importance for a child to engage in these developmentally appropriate experiences to better their success during adolescence and adult years to come. Amy thrives in an environment working with children who are experiencing developmental disorders, in particular those with underlying sensory and behavioural concerns.
Amy maintains a commitment to bettering herself as an Occupational Therapist. She actively seeks opportunities to develop herself both professionally and personally. She is a member of WAOTA, DOT WA, the Neuroscience Interest Group and maintains AHPRA registration. Amy looks forward to meeting and working with your child and family.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with Honours from Edith Cowan University in 2011. Her Honours project involved researching how children with an acquired brain injury can benefit from services within the community, particularly those of a Community Health Nurse. Laura has experience working in developmental paediatrics and joined the team at Joondalup as a part-time member in July 2017. Laura is experienced in the areas of fine and gross motor development, visual processing and visual motor integration, handwriting, and sensory processing. She has worked with children with a range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Hypermobility, and Sensory Processing Disorders. In her spare time Laura enjoys spending quality time with her young family. Laura looks forward to meeting you and your child, and working with you both to achieve your therapy goals.