Category Archives: Occupational Therapy

Majella Barbe - Occupational Therapist

Majella Barbe – Occupational Therapist

Majella’s 30 year occupational therapy career has made her one of Sydney’s most respected paediatric occupational therapists.

With vast experience supporting children, parents and teachers, she is particularly committed to supporting kids who struggle with learning, behavioural and functional problems that impact upon their lives at home, preschool and school.

Majella’s unique ability to build rapport with children, and the grown ups who support them, makes her a popular member of the Kids First team.

Her strong understanding of kids’ learning and developmental needs, combined with her warmth and wisdom means that children are often so busy having fun that they don’t even realise that they are practising and mastering new skills during their OT sessions with her.

Throughout her career, Majella has supported kids of all ages and abilities.

She has worked extensively with children who struggle with motor coordination difficulties, poor handwriting, self-care problems and joint hypermobility.

She also has significant clinical expertise in supporting children with disabilities and developmental delays, and many years of experience in providing occupational therapy for children with conditions such as Autism, sensory processing sensitivites and attention problems.

A consummate professional, Majella is also a busy mum who understands the pressures that families face. She values the partnership she has with parents as she works with them to help their children to have brighter futures.

Majella is a sought after occupational therapist and works at Kids First on Fridays and Saturdays.

Occupational therapy sessions with Majella attract rebates from Medicare, private health funds and the NDIS.

To make an appointment with Majella, call Kids First today on (02) 9938 5419

Learn more about occupational therapy for kids here

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

Fussy eaters: Why families seek help from feeding therapists

If your child is a fussy eater, you might have worries about your children’s nutrition, growth and development. You might also be concerned about the relationship difficulties that arise when you and your child fight over food and meal-times. SOS Approach to Feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s northern beaches explain why… Continue Reading

Fussy eaters tip: Take the drama out of dinner-time

According to feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services in Brookvale, many families lead busy lives that make it difficult for their fussy eater to experience consistent dinner time routines. Below, they share some easy ways to help your fussy eater get used to sitting at the table.   Make family meals the norm Whenever… Continue Reading

Fussy eaters tip: Let your children play with their food

Feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services encourage fussy eaters to play sensory games with food outside of mealtimes. It might be messy, but there’s method in their madness. When children play with food, instead of being expected to eat it, they get exposure to new touches, smells and tastes that can help them to… Continue Reading