New South Wales – RDI® Program Certified Consultant
Registered Occupational Therapist
I love working as a Relationship Development Intervention consultant and seeing the difference it makes for families. I have been working as a paediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years, but RDI fills a big gap in awareness of the core deficits in ASD and how to remediate it that is missing in the training of allied health, education and medical professionals. Approximately half of the families I have worked with over the years have had a child or children with an autism spectrum disorder. I have been part of multidisciplinary teams in preschool and school settings, as well as with peak government and non-government therapy services. Soon after the Helping Children with Autism package was established to provide therapy services for autism, I joined an early intervention team specialising in autism spectrum disorders.
I established a private practice in October 2010 to give me the freedom to train as an RDI Program consultant. This decision was a response to hearing families lament that their child with autism could not form friendships and didn’t really engage with their parents or siblings in a reciprocal way. They were also often “stuck”, wanting to be in control and needing repetition and sameness. I am passionate about helping families foster their child’s interactions, relationships, flexibility and dynamic thinking.
RDI and occupational therapy complement and inform each other, but RDI is a very different model of service delivery where I meet with parents, rather than work directly with children. I will provide support and guidance in areas covered by occupational therapy for families doing RDI. Sometimes, this might include sessions with your child. I am also a trained practitioner for the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), a program that enhances the listener’s sense of safety and availability for social engagement, as well as promoting more effective auditory processing.
Qualifications and Memberships
- RDI® Program Certified Consultant
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
- Member of Autism Connections
- Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
- Safe and Sound Protocol listening program trained practitioner
- Distance service throughout Australia via Telehealth
Provider for rebates from
- NDIS – Self Managed
- NDIS – Plan Managed
- Medicare Better Access to Mental Health
- Medicare HCWA funding package
- Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan
- Most Private Health Funds