Category Archives: Occupational Therapy

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 private practice preschool and school settings.  

In her role as a children’s OT, she supports kids aged 2 to 17 who need help to overcome functional, learning and behaviour challenges. She creates customised therapy programs that support children with gross motor and fine motor difficulties and also helps young people who have social and emotional regulation challenges so that they can successfully manage the demands of life at home as well the challenges they face in the classroom and playground.

Morgan helps children who struggle with handwriting and organisational skills, as well as those who need help to remember the concepts and information that is delivered by classroom teachers.

She is qualified to conduct the assessments required by students who apply for HSC Disability Provisions and also supports families who need accurate clinical information for inclusion in their child’s NDIS application.

While Morgan shows children how to improve their Visual Processing and Visual Memory so that learning is easier, she also supports parents and teachers with strategies to use at home and at school.

She also finds solutions for boys and girls who are still learning self-help and daily living skills such as toileting and sleeping.

In addition to her work with children who attend mainstream preschools and schools, Morgan is an important member of Kids First’s Early Intervention team that supports children with unique developmental and behavioural needs.

She has extensive training and experience assisting children who struggle with issues such as Sensory Processing difficulties, Autism and other special needs and provides sensitive occupational therapy that helps children to meet the goals that are important to them and their families.

Rebates for OT sessions with Morgan can be claimed through private health funds and Medicare.

Morgan is also provides occupational therapy to children who are eligible for self or plan-managed NDIS funding.

Morgan works at Kids First on Wednesdays and Thursdays and appointments with her can be made by calling (02) 9938 5419

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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

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… 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

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