Rachael Colquhoun

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Who is Rachael and how much experience does she have?

Rachael graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland in 2013. Keen to experience new challenges, she began her career in regional QLD, working with a not-for-profit organization, specializing in early intervention with children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She has developed a particular interest in sensory processing disorder, toileting issues, behaviour management, feeding difficulties and child led therapy.

Rachael’s passion for working with children has led her across the globe, engaging in various child-related volunteering roles in India and Sri Lanka.

Rachael has been with Kids Matters since 2010, working for the practice as a receptionist and therapy assistant during her University studies, and now as a therapist.

Read more information about Rachael's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Rachael has worked with children from birth to adolescence. Conditions and problems that she has experience with include the following:

• Intellectual disabilities
• Developmental delays
• Sensory processing
• Dyslexia Autism / Aspergers ADD / ADHD Development Co-ordination disorder
• Writing difficulties
• Encopresis & enuresis

 

Courses Completed

• SOS Feeding Workshop – Picky Eaters Vs Problem Feeders (2014)
• Autism Across the Lifespan Workshop, Professor Jacqueline Roberts (2014)
• The Greenspan Floortime Approach Course for Professionals, Dr. Stanley Greenspan (2014)
• Senior First Aid and CPR Certificate

 

What approach does she take?

Rachael believes strongly in a holistic approach to therapy, working collaboratively with all involved in the child’s care, such as parents, caregivers and educators, to ensure meaningful participation in daily life occupations.

Rachael enjoys taking the child’s lead and entering their world, appreciating the individuality of each child’s interests and motivators in therapy.

 

Is Rachael Right For You?

Rachael is extremely proactive in advancing and developing her skills as a therapist. She receives extensive supervision and training by the experienced Occupational Therapists at Kids Matters. She is committed to providing quality care and will ensure your child is well looked after.

Rachael loves to see children aged 3-11 with sensory processing issues, feeding difficulties and functional challenges, such as handwriting.

Rachael recommends that children with more complex learning difficulties seek therapy with another therapist who specializes in this area (discuss with Kids Matters receptionists).

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.