Category Archives: Occupational Therapy

Natalie Martin – Occupational Therapist

Natalie Martin – Occupational Therapist

Natalie is a highly experienced OT and the busy mum of two active boys.

She has spent her career finding solutions for the problems that children face in their daily lives and understands the challenges that kids have in the classroom and playground.

In her role as a paediatric OT, Natalie has supported hundreds of preschool and school aged children to overcome gross motor and fine motor difficulties.

She helps children to improve their handwriting and organisational skills and also supports children who struggle with social and emotional regulation challenges.

Natalie enjoys the variety offered by her role, which gives her opportunities to support parents and teachers with practical resources and strategies that make life easier.

Rebates for occupational therapy sessions with Natalie can be claimed through private health funds and Medicare. She also provides OT to children who have self or plan managed NDIS funding.

Natalie works at Kids First from Thursday to Saturday and appointments with her can be made by calling (02) 9938 5419

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

Health funds: Use it or lose it

If you have extras health insurance, getting value out of your membership is probably a high priority for you and your family. Many families invest in ‘extras’ cover to protect themselves against the costs of health services that can unexpectedly blow the family budget. However, it’s important to know that most health insurance funds reset… Continue Reading

How occupational therapy can help your child overcome learning problems

Does your child mix up letters, confusing d and b, or p and q? Is your child inattentive and disorganized? Occupational Therapist, Morgan Webster, explains why your child might struggle and how supporting your child’s visual perception could be the key to success in the classroom. Your child’s learning skills are closely related to their… Continue Reading

How your child’s sensory system sets them up for life

As human beings, we learn ‘from the bottom up’… In other words, as babies and small children, our development begins with physical and sensory skills that we master, one by one, step by step. Our 7 senses are our foundation stones, and even before we are born these senses are busy working and integrating. Over time,… Continue Reading

Sensory Processing for Kids: A guide for parents

Kids need good sensory processing skills in order to learn and behave well. This easy to read article from children’s occupational therapists in Sydney’s northern beaches is a helpful guide for parents and teachers. Your child’s body is like a car engine, sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs on low, and sometimes it… Continue Reading

W sitting: Why you need to get your child out of this habit now

  Lots of kids sit on their bottom with their legs splayed on either side of them. This is often called ‘W sitting’ and while you might think that your flexible son or daughter is very clever, their sitting position is actually not very good for them at all, as Kids First’s occupational therapists explain… Continue Reading

Kids First in the Community

At Kids First, we are all about helping kids to thrive and not just ‘cope’. That’s why we are excited to announce ‘Kids First in the Community’, our new program supporting children and educators in schools and preschools. From January 2019, in addition to our ‘Kids First in the Clinic’ services, Kids First’s speech pathologists… Continue Reading