Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan

Who is Melissa and how much experience does she have?

Melissa began her career as a school based therapist in 2006, after graduating with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2005.

Her work has taken her far afield to  Sydney, London, Turkey and now full circle back home again where her career began, almost 10 years ago, bringing all her experience with her to continue her passion of working with children and families.

Read more information about Melissa's skills and training.

Courses Completed

  • ‘Sensory Integration Module 1: Foundation & Neuroscience (Paediatrics)’
  • Autism conference, London 2014
  • Makaton Basic Training
  • Basic Training for Applied Behaviour Analysis (Verbal Behaviour)
  • Team Teach Training & Certification
  • Child Protection
  • Basic Life Support
  • First Aid Certification

Experience With Children’s Issues

Melissa has worked with children aged 0-18 years with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or physical, intellectual, hearing, or visual impairment. She has also worked with adults in aged care, hospital and community settings.

Most recently, Melissa has worked in London in a specialized behaviour modification school with children with severe autism. She has also worked in Turkey with children with Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders to provide assessment and programming, and to educate caregivers and teachers on intervention strategies.

What approach does she take?

Melissa works collaboratively with families to define relevant goals and therapy options targeted to improve their child’s ability to participate in daily activities. The Kids Matters sensory gym enables Melissa to create enjoyable and practical goal-driven sessions individualized to the child’s needs.

Melissa likes to ‘pair’ with the child – finding out what they like and using these interests to motivate the child to learn new skills through play.

Is Melissa Right For You?

While she has experience with a wide variety of clients, Melissa now works mostly with 4-9 year old children with behavioural and communication difficulties, sensory processing challenges, motor skill delays, and functional difficulties including handwriting.

Melissa utilises a range of cognitive, behavioural and sensory strategies in her therapy. Educating and empowering caregivers is at the core of her intervention style. She has a background in behaviour management and although gentle and playful can have a firm style when needed.

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 a new therapist.

Melissa’s Case Studies