VIVIENNE WILLIAMS

Vivienne-Williams

Who is Vivienne and how much experience does she have?

Vivienne is the founder and principal of Kids Matters Occupational Therapy. She has two beautiful children of her own – a son and a daughter so understands family life from the inside out. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997 and has worked in paediatrics since then.

Besides managing the practice, Vivienne works with children with a range of sensory processing challenges such as those who are over-sensitive to touch and movement, or who require additional stimulation. Her interest in sensory processing issues saw her develop Kids’ Matters full sensory gym, equipped with the best possible resources to achieve optimal outcomes. She is a big advocate of DIR /Floortime, using the approach with children who have Autism, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and other organisational, planning and learning issues, including Dyslexia. She also works with regulation and behavioural issues, and uses her SOS training to assist with feeding concerns.

Seeing non-engaged children become responsive, give their first hug and attempt classroom or playground activities inspires Vivienne. She relishes collaborating with families to develop individual plans that empower their child, and loves sharing techniques and new therapy approaches and ideas with her team of committed staff.

Read more information about Vivienne's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Vivienne works with a wide variety of children and ages. She has experience working with:

• Sensory Processing Difficulties
• Emotional Regulation issues
• Learning Disabilities/ Dyslexia
• Autism/ Aspergers syndrome/ PDD/NOS
• Developmental Delays
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Motor coordination problems – gross and fine motor
• Handwriting concerns
• Multiple physical disabilities
• Various syndromes
• Feeding difficulties

Additional Training & Certifications

• Profectum Certificate in DIR/ Floortime and the Foundational Capacities of Development
• Therapeutic Listening
• Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol
• SOS Approach to Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders, Kay Toomey and Erin Ross Relevant Training
• Clinical Assessment and Practical Intervention for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution by Dr. Teresa A. May-Benson
• Astronaut Training: Integrated Visual-Vestibular Screening and Treatment Strategies by Mary Kawar
• Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: The SOS Approach to Feeding
• Brain-Based clinical applications to ASD, CAPD, ADHD and dyslexia
• OT approaches with children and adolescents with ASD
• The DIR/ Floortime Model introductory Training and mentoring
• Cognitive Orientation Occupational Performance workshop
• Sensory Defensiveness – 2 Advanced training
• Advanced Clinical Reasoning: Integrating Sensory Integration Model with DIR/ Floor-time (with Colleen Hacker)
• Advanced Clinical Reasoning: Introduction to DIR/Floortime
• Visual Perception Intensive training
• M.O.R.E. Integrating the mouth with sensory and postural functions
• Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach, Posture, Gross Motor and Fine Motor Co-ordination
• Getting Kids in Sync – Genevieve Jereb
• Brain Gym • Introduction to Relationship Development Intervention
• Triple P Positive Parenting Program – Level 4 Group
• Play Theory and Practice – Anita Bundy • Sensory Integration Treatment Course for Advanced Occupational Therapist
• Sensory Integration and Praxis Course – Theory Component
• Learn to Play – Karen Stagnetti

What approach does she take?

Vivienne has a warm and engaging personality that she is skilled at modifying to adapt to the needs of the children she works with.  She is very family centred, listening to family concerns, values and priorities and addressing children’s needs in the context of the whole family. This involves time with both the parents and the children and much training and support is given to help parents integrate therapeutic ways into everyday life. All therapy is individually tailored for each child to get realistic outcomes according to priorities and values.

Why choose Vivienne Williams (Principal OT) as your therapist?

  1. She has completed her DIR/ Floortime certification, which are specialized studies in Autism and child development.
  2. She receives high level supervision from experts in the US.
  3. She has over 16 years clinical experience as an OT and demonstrated outcomes with over 80% of her clients.
  4. She has extensive professional training in sensory integration theory and practice.
  5. She has clients that she has been seeing for over 4 years as she takes them to progressively higher levels of development.
  6. She has the lived experience of special needs through her husband with dyslexia, executive functioning and sensory integration problems, her son with learning and sensory challenges and her daughter with sensory challenges.
  7. She takes on a case management role with clients to ensure care is coordinated between home, school, medical and other professionals.

Is Vivienne Right For You?

While she has experience with a wide variety of clients, Vivienne now works mostly with children with Sensory Processing Disorders (including motor challenges), Autism/ Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia and Learning difficulties and Attention Deficit Disorders. She works mostly with people from 2 years through to adulthood. She will see babies with Autism and Sensory processing disorders.

She enjoys the whole family approach and loves to involve parents and siblings (if appropriate) in the therapy.

Vivienne no longer sees infants or toddlers (except those with Sensory processing disorders or Autism), or children with cerebral palsy, hearing, vision or severe multiple impairments.

Vivienne recommends children who don’t meet her criteria 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.

Vivienne’s Case Studies

• 2.5 year old boy with an inability to listen and follow any directions.

• 4 year old boy in the process of being diagnosed with autism.

• 7 year old boy with writing issues.

• 11 year old boy with sensory processing challenges and explosive behaviour.

• Adult male could no longer comfortably or consistently go out in public.

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