Dr Kellie Clayton

Dr Kellie Clayton

Who is Kellie and how much experience does she have?

Kellie graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapist with first class honours, and then in 2004 with a Doctor of Philosophy.

Kellie has spent the last 18 years specialising in paediatrics and developing her expertise in a variety of areas including Bobath Neurodevelopmental Therapy, sensory integration and learning disabilities.

Kellie has experience in a variety of community, hospital and educational settings, working with children with severe and multiple disabilities through to children with mild functional or developmental difficulties. Kellie has also been involved in training students through work as a clinical educator and academic tutor at the University of Queensland.

For the previous 13 years Kellie owned her own successful private practice on the north side of Brisbane. Kellie has always strived to provide an occupational therapy service of the highest standard and to ensure that clients are achieving the best possible outcomes. She is delighted to be able to continue this work at Kids Matters Occupational Therapy.

Kellie loves being an occupational therapist because it enables her to help children function better in their daily life. This has a different meaning for every child and Kellie finds the challenge and reward of occupational therapy is in finding this meaning for each child.

Read more information about Kellie's's skills and training.

Experience with children’s Issues

Kellie has extensive clinical experience, including in the following areas:

• Developmental delay
• Learning disabilities
• Auditory processing disorder
• Dyspraxia
• Sensory processing disorders
• Handwriting difficulties
• Cerebral palsy
• Down’s Syndrome
• Severe and multiple disabilities
• Acquired brain injury
• Visual impairment
• Autism spectrum disor

Additional Certifications:

Kellie has completed the certification requirements for:

• Bobath Neurodevelopmental Therapy
• Sensory Integration theory
• Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests administration
• Wilbarger therapressure protocol

Additional training courses attended include:

•  Supporting reluctant readers
• Auditory processing disorder
• Working memory
• M.O.R.E Integrating the mouth with sensory and postural functions
• A practical approach to treatment of children post Botulinum Toxin-A injections
• Mel Levine – Learning disabilities
• Cognitive Orientation in Occupational Performance (CO-OP)
• Play Theory and Practice, Anita Bundy
• The Action Is In The Interaction – DIR/FLoortime (3 day workshop)
– NDT for infants
• Enabling occupation, Helen Polatatajko
• Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform (PRPP) method of task analysis

What approach does she take?

Kellie’s practice is very functionally oriented. She focuses on, “What does your child want or need to be able to do?” She then problem solves the issues that are affecting a child’s ability to perform those tasks. She works closely with parents in a goal oriented process to give them the skills to change their child’s life. Kellie’s depth of experience enables her to select from a wide range of intervention approaches.

Kellie recognises that the relationship between a therapist and a child (and their parents) is crucial to successful therapy. She values this relationship and works hard at ensuring parent’s feel listened to, respected and integral to their child’s progress. She also likes to help families integrate the services they are receiving and ensure that the professionals involved with assisting a family are actively working together.

Why choose Dr Kellie Clayton as your therapist?

  1. Kellie has over 18 years experience as a paediatric occupational therapist and has gained vast clinical experience in this time
  2. Kellie has significant experience in providing occupational therapy services within a private practice setting.  She understands what parents are wanting for their children when they seek a private practitioner.
  3. Kellie is goal focused, placing emphasis on evaluating meaningful outcomes for children.
  4. Kellie has obtained a PhD which demonstrates her commitment to excellence and rigor within the field of occupational therapy.
  5. Kellie loves to work with any child whose family is willing to make a commitment to the therapy process.

Is Kellie Right For You?

If you want to work collaboratively with your child’s therapist and like an approach that clearly defines goals and treatment strategies then Kellie could be the occupational therapist for you.

Kellie’s style is encouraging, positive, reciprocal, and playful, whilst being firm with appropriate boundaries for children. Kellie likes to have parents actively involved in therapy, both in decision making and hands on therapy. Kellie also places a very strong emphasis on collaborating with other professionals/educators involved with a child.

Kellie works with children of all ages, from babies through to adolescents. She has particular interests in cerebral palsy, severe disability, infants and toddlers, and learning disabilities.

She is currently not working with children who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

What happens if you don’t like your therapist (or they don’t feel best equipped to help you)?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts you or the therapist may find that you are not a good fit. If your therapist feels that he or she is not best suited to you, he/ she will discuss this with you and recommend a more appropriate therapist. We will then offer you a discounted first session with a new more appropriate therapist at Kids Matters.

If you feel that your therapist is not a good fit within the first three sessions, simply discuss this with our admin team who will find a more suitable therapist. We will then offer you 50% off your first consultation with the new therapist.

What happens if you don’t like your therapist (or they don’t feel best equipped to help you)?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts you or the therapist may find that you are not a good fit. If your therapist feels that he or she is not best suited to you, he/ she will discuss this with you and recommend a more appropriate therapist.

We will then offer you a discounted first session with a new more appropriate therapist at Kids Matters.

If you feel that your therapist is not a good fit within the first three sessions, simply discuss this with our admin team who will find a more suitable therapist. We will then offer you 50% off your first consultation with the new therapist.

Kellie’s Case Studies

• 3 year old with hemiplegia & social difficulties

• 4 year old with upper body weakness & dribbling

• 11 year old – totally blind with intellectual impairment & hemiplegia