Category Archives: NDIS

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity is a qualified Counsellor and experienced Early Childhood Teacher with a background in inclusive education and disability support.

Throughout her career, Dimity has worked with children and young people who require extra understanding and she is passionate about providing solutions for children and families when learning, behavioural, developmental, or identity differences create stress, anxiety, and relationship issues.

Dimity is a kind, gentle, and caring clinician with an understanding of a wide variety of treatment methods such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and play-based therapy.

She has supported children and young people who have been affected by family breakups as well as those who struggle to manage their emotions, navigate friendships, and develop healthy self-esteem.

She is particularly committed to supporting children who live with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.

At Kids First, is an integral member of our early intervention team, supporting children with NDIS funding and their families.

She guides parents and carers to a better understanding of their children’s needs with practical ways in which to improve relationships, behaviour, and life at home.

Her experience as a teacher also enables her to provide sensible, constructive advice to classroom educators.

Dimity leads some of Kids First’s evidence-based Social Skills groups and her expertise as a creative early educator is showcased in her supportive Ready Set School program for children aged 4 to 5.

Dimity works at Kids First on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Contact us now on (02) 9938 5419 to make an appointment to discuss a child you care about.

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OT @ Home: How to make your own crash mat

Some occupational therapy rooms are full of crash mats and things for children to jump onto. Not only are these types of jumping and crashing activities fun for your child, they also have a lot of sensory benefits. A crash mat can provide proprioceptive input and deep pressure for your child which leads to better… Continue Reading

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan has a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy and more than a decade’s experience as an OT. A long-standing member of the Kids First team and the busy mum of two active girls, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that many children and families face. Throughout her career, Morgan has worked extensively in… Continue Reading

Rhiannan Close – Occupational Therapist

Rhiannan Close – Occupational Therapist

Originally from Western Australia, Rhiannan attended Curtin University where she completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy – Honours). She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with additional needs and prior to joining the Kids First team, worked for the Autism Association of WA for several years. Rhiannan’s work in paediatric private… Continue Reading

How to help your special needs child build better social skills

For children with learning and thinking differences, making connections with others can be difficult. As parents and teachers, it can be worrying to watch a child a child we care about struggle, because we know that friendships and feelings of belonging are vital to our kids’ learning, development and well-being. If your child, or a… Continue Reading

Does my child have autism?

Parents often worry about their child’s progress. Regardless of whether your son or daughter is your first child or you have other children, it’s understandable to be concerned if he or she doesn’t seem to be meeting common developmental milestones in the same way as peers. You might even be wondering: Does my child have autism? If… Continue Reading

How to Manage Aggression in Children

Is your child aggressive? Many parents are understandably concerned that their children displays aggressive behaviour at home, at school, or in the playground. Research suggests that it’s important to intervene as early as possible if you observe this type of behaviour in your child. Some approaches require the help of experienced professionals. There are, however,… Continue Reading

Good NDIS News: Parents get choices for their children

In this final part of Kids First’s helpful introduction to the NDIS, our speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and teachers explain the choices that are available to northern beaches children and families. Read on for all the details … There’s quite a bit of confusion among parents whose children are eligible for the National Disability Insurance… Continue Reading

Your child and the NDIS: What is (and isn’t) covered

Part 3 of Kids First’s helpful series of NDIS facts dives into the issue of services that your child could be eligible for under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Get the details below … What does the NDIS cover? Many northern beaches families were hopeful that the NDIS would cover the schooling or medical costs that… Continue Reading

The NDIS in Sydney’s northern beaches: How to get funding for your child

In this second fact sheet in our NDIS series, the Kids First team explains how families in Sydney’s northern beaches can get and use NDIS funding for their child. There are 2 pathways to the NDIS. If your child is aged under 6, your journey will begin with an NDIS early childhood partner. If your… Continue Reading