About North Shore Occupational Therapy.

North Shore OT is a paediatric occupational therapy service located on the Lower North Shore of Sydney. Our clinic is located in Artarmon and provides a fantastic therapy space complete with sensory gym. We are passionate about helping children to meet their full potential!

 
 


North Shore Occupational Therapy provides services for kids who may experience difficulties with:

  • Sensory processing challenges
  • Self-regulation problems
  • Clumsiness or poor coordination
  • Weak core muscles
  • Poor upper body strength
  • Fine and gross motor delays
  • Having difficulty attending and focusing in school
  • Difficulty relating to peers or making friends
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Short attention span
  • Problems with expressing feelings and emotions
  • Poor or limited eye contact
  • Tantrums, stubborn and uncooperative behavior
  • Tires easily or hyperactive
  • Poor posture
  • Disregard for safety
  • Lacks age appropriate skills (such as dressing, throwing/catching)
  • Difficulty with planning and sequencing play ideas and/or movements
  • Unintegrated primitive reflexes
  • Transitioning between activities and events
  • Sibling relationships
  • Play skills
We are proud to be one of the leading North Shore Paediatric Occupational Therapy practices!
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The Team.

Janie Echt Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Janie Echt

Clinic Director / Lead Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Janie Echt graduated from The University of Newcastle in 2003. From the very beginning she was passionate about working with children to help them to meet their fullest potential and has worked in Australia and the UK refining her skills over the last 20 years.

Janie has attended numerous post-graduate training courses to ensure she is providing the most effective treatment options to her clients. Janie is a DIR-Certified clinician.

Janie has extensive experience evaluating and treating children with sensory processing challenges, motor and coordination issues, autism spectrum disorder, visual-spatial issues and school readiness concerns.

Janie has reduced her clinical caseload since beginning of January 2024 to allow her to provide above-industry standard training to our team of clinicians, and to be available to consult and co-treat with all North Shore Occupational Therapy clients and their families as needed.

Janie is a mum of three and truly understand that life gets busy and it can be challenging to balance everyday life stuff while trying to best meet your child/rens needs. She enjoys partnering with families to help them problem solve how to fit therapeutic strategies and interventions into their daily lives whilst minimising the overwhelm!

Cheryl Bladen Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Cheryl Bladen

Clinic Director / Lead Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Cheryl is an Occupational Therapist who feels strongly about person-affirming therapy. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa, in 1996 with a BSC(OT) and has worked in the field of paediatrics ever since.

Cheryl has extensive training and years of experience with working with Autistic children, sensory processing and emotional dysregulation. She engages with her clients and their families using strengths-based strategies to support their sense of belonging and identity, to thrive as unique individuals.

Cheryl is a certified DIR/Floortime practitioner and values the importance of play and relationships. Cheryl is passionate about supporting her client’s family’s and carers/early childhood educators to have a deeper understanding about their child’s individual profile and behaviour used to communicate underlying challenges.

Cheryl has reduced her clinical caseload since beginning of January 2024 to allow her to provide above-industry standard training to our team of clinicians, and to be available to consult and co-treat with all North Shore Occupational Therapy clients and their families as needed.

As a mother of three busy children, she also understands the constant challenge to find balance in life.

Stephanie Yamada Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Yamada

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Stephanie has a passion for improving the quality of life for people with disadvantages and supporting children to reach their full potential. She is an engaging, patient, therapist and an excellent communicator.

Stephanie completed her her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2022 and prior to this completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbra. She has extensive experience in working and supporting children, teens and adults through her various roles as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Student and Disability Support Worker.

Stephanie believes in working closely with her clients families, educators and supporting health professionals to deliver a holistic bottom up approach to therapy. Using evidence-based practice she ensures her sessions are fun and engaging.

Stephanie has a special interest in mental health and wellbeing, connectedness, relationships and diversity. She is looking forward to expanding her DIR/Floortime and sensory integration skills and knowledge to deliver individualised therapy programmes specific to her clients needs.

Jacqui Luff Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Jacqui Luff

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Jacqui is an empathetic and dedicated occupational therapist, who has worked with both children and adults on the NDIS since 2017. She completed a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra in 2017, and has an undergraduate degree in Biology.

Whilst completing her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy Jacqui worked as a respite worker for an autistic child with significant support needs.

Following a few years working at the Arthritis Foundation of the ACT, Jacqui moved to Sydney where she worked in an animal assisted therapy clinic between 2021 - 2023. In this role Jacqui provided occupational therapy services for children and teens aged 3 – 19 years who presented with a range of disabilities including autism, developmental delays and intellectual disabilities among others. Within this role Jacqui incorporated horses (riding and their care) into her therapy sessions.

Jacqui is passionate about evidence-based and client-centered practice, along with neurodiversity affirming therapy approaches. She has a fun, attuned and responsive approach to therapy. She meets the client where they are at, and sets 'just right' goals - so therapy is challenging without being overwhelming.

In her spare time Jacqui loves going to the beach and spending time outdoors in nature or with animals. She is excited to continue to learn and grow working at North Shore OT.

Shannon Pearse Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Shannon Pearse

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Shannon Pearse is a registered occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2003. She is passionate about working with children using a child-centred, strengths-focussed approach to help facilitate growth and change, allowing them to maximise their unique potentials and achieve their goals.

Shannon understands the importance of family-centred practice, and believes in the importance of working with the child’s family, carers and educators to create a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy, goal development and strategies for home and other environments.

Shannon has a background in brain injury rehabilitation, where she has developed a wide range of transferrable knowledge and skills. She understands that every child and family is unique and tailors her sessions to what is best suited for the child.

Shannon is continuously working on increasing her professional development by attending workshops and webinars and is an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia, in order to ensure she remains up to date with current research for evidence-based practice.

Evelyn Wong Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Ka Wai (Evelyn) Wong

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Evelyn is a registered occupational therapist who graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2006 and has been working in the field for over 10 years.

During her career, Evelyn has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in both Hong Kong and Sydney, honing her skills in sensory integration and fine motor skills. She can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin. She has extensive clinical experience working with children who have difficulty processing sensory information, helping them to overcome the challenges in their daily life.

Evelyn’ approach to therapy is grounded in the belief that genuine and respectful communication between clients is the cornerstone of an effective therapy. Her passion for facilitating children maximising their potential has been a driving force in her career, and she takes great pride in seeing her clients make progress and achieve their goals.

In her leisure time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She believes that quality time with loved ones is an essential part of maintaining a work-life balanced life.

Lauren Sullivan Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Lauren Sullivan

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Lauren’s passion is supporting her clients to have meaningful and occupationally engaged lives, so that they are happy and experience holistic wellbeing.

Lauren completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at University of Canberra, and prior to this, completed a Bachelor of Science Advanced at the University of Sydney. Working as an Occupational Therapist, Lauren has 2 years' experience within the NDIS space in a community-based role, working with a range of ages and conditions, with a predominately paedatric caseload.

During this time, Lauren has completed training in Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach, and Learn to Play: Part 1 Foundation, amongst numerous professional development programs. Ultimately, Lauren’s passion for paedatrics has led her to North Shore Occupational Therapy, where she is excited to upskill and solidify her knowledge to provide best practice to her families. Specifically, Lauren is motivated to complete DIR/Floortime training and continue to upskill sensory integration knowledge.

Prior to becoming an OT, Lauren has significant experience supporting children and families towards their goals, specifically working as a Teacher’s Aide at a school for children with disabilities, being a volunteer at Sense Rugby and a disability support worker.

At the core of Lauren’s therapeutic approach, she strongly values a collaborative, strength-based and family-centered approach to support connection, facilitate understanding and meeting of needs. With a focus of bottom-up approaches, Lauren cares to support sensory regulation and meeting of mental health needs to support a child’s participation. Using sensory-motor and play-based therapy, Lauren helps to facilitate an environment in which a child feels safe and encouraged to explore and learn.

Beyond work, Lauren is a proud new fur-parent of a cheeky puppy, enjoys playing futsal, participating in dance classes and spending quality time with family.

Vicky Zhou Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Rosani Rajendra

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Rosani is passionate about creating a therapy environment that is creative, engaging, and fun for everyone involved.

Rosani decided to become an Occupational Therapist after spending time working in a public hospital fracture clinic, following the completion of an undergraduate psychology degree.

Rosani completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2022. Throughout her Occupational Therapy studies, Rosani worked as a therapy assistant in an aged care facility and enjoyed placements across many fields of OT.

Rosani has been working with children her whole life, from babysitting as a young teenager to working as an OT in schools and daycares since graduating in 2022.

Rosani believes in the importance of early intervention, strengths-based practice, and collaboration between all clients, therapists and stakeholders.

Rosani has experience working with NDIS participants across the spectrum of age and diagnoses.

In her spare time, Rosani enjoys reading, swimming and going on road trips.

Ebonie Sanderson Paediatric Speech Therapist

Ebonie Sanderson

Paediatric Speech Therapist


Ebonie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Ebonie is passionate about supporting families, educators, and communities to better understand neurodivergent children and their individual differences. She is dedicated to supporting her clients in an affirming way while educating and empowering caregivers to do the same.

Ebonie has experience working within the disability sector/NDIS with both paediatric and adult clients. She has adopted a strength-based approach to therapy and believes in creating meaningful goals that are personalised to each client. She is motivated to discover every child’s full communication potential.

Ebonie is invested in upskilling and continually engages in professional development courses, webinars, and conferences relating to sensory integration, trauma-informed practice, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), neurodiversity-affirming communication, and evidence-based practices. Ebonie is trained in Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk), Key Word Sign, and Gestalt Language Processing. More recently she embarked on her DIR/Floortime journey to further support her client’s communication goals through playful interactions and deeper connections.

Beyond speech pathology, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and energetic puppy. She finds happiness in the ocean, good food, podcasts, and engaging in creative activities like sketching and painting.

Nicole Ng Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Nicole Ng

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Nicole (Nic) is a caring, patient and reflective therapist, who is focused on children’s holistic well-being to help them flourish. She strives to help children find joy in discovering their abilities and sense of self.

Nic completed a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2023 and an undergraduate management degree at the University of Bath, UK. Her diverse experience includes being a volunteer working with youths from challenging circumstances, an English teacher, and assisting early childhood intervention during placement.

She believes in encouraging a child’s confidence and strengths, and enjoys getting to know each child wholly and adapting therapy to their interests. Having a growth mindset, she is also committed to continuous self-improvement and is a member of the Paediatric Interest Group with OT Australia.

Outside of work, she values time with family and slowing down through craft projects, beach swims, as well as psychology books

Rachael Marren Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Rachael Marren

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Rachael is an enthusiastic and dedicated therapist who is passionate about working with children and their families to develop an individualised therapy approach. Rachael prioritises child-centred therapy to understand the child beneath different behaviours. Coming from a large family, Rachael understands the challenges of balancing family life and is passionate about upskilling parents, carers and educators to build an environment where children can learn and thrive.

Rachael graduated from a Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2023. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Science and Advanced Studies majoring in Health and Human Movement.

Rachael has a wealth of experience working with children through previous work as a swimming coach, in after school care and as a dental assistant at a family dental practice.

Rachael believes that effective therapy sessions are fun, engaging and champion a child’s unique skills, interests and strengths. She has a particular interest in emotional regulation, sensory processing and trauma informed care. Rachael is looking forward to expanding her DIR/Floortime skills and is excited to begin her journey with North Shore OT.

Beyond occupational therapy, Rachael loves anything active including running and netball, reading and spending quality time with her family (and pets!).

Niamh Farrow Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Niamh Farrow

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Niamh is passionate about working with children and their families to make a difference in their lives, whilst having fun along the way!

She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney, where she embarked on eye-opening placements that solidified my desire to work within the paediatric space.

Niamh’s previous role as a therapy assistant in an early intervention setting allowed her to learn about a range of diagnoses, which led to a specific interest in ASD. She loves being able to facilitate meaningful moments in therapy and understand that this looks different in every child. Niamh’s approach is rooted in fostering a client-centred, neurodiversity-affirming environment to unlock each child’s potential.

Niamh is interested in learning more about DIR floor time, sensory integration, and trauma-informed care whilst at North Shore OT. She is an empathetic and dedicated therapist that has a passion for understanding her client's needs and devising tailored strategies to meet them.

Outside of work, Niamh enjoys spending quality time with her friends, family, and pets. She also loves to travel and learn about different cultures around the world.

Tea Lisle Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Tea Lisle

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Tea has a passion for working closely with children and their families to support them to achieve their full potential and goals. She is passionate about creating a safe and fun environment where children can learn and play.

Tea graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2023. She has experience working with children, young adults and adults. Tea loved all her university placements; and from these experiences she realised that working and supporting children and their families was her passion.

Tea has been working with children her whole life from babysitting, to coaching netball and athletics and working as a swim teacher at a swim school. She loves watching children grow and thrive in any environment.

Tea is looking forward to learning more about DIR/ floor time so that she can develop individualised programs for her clients.

Talia Burdon Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Talia Burdon

Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Talia is a kind and enthusiastic therapist who is passionate about working with people of all ages and creating positive therapeutic experiences. Client-centred practice is at the heart of her philosophy and she finds joy in helping others develop skills and achieved their goals. Before becoming an occupational therapist, Talia completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in neuroscience. Her passion for understanding the brain led her to occupational therapy, where she is able to integrate her knowledge of neuroscience with her love of helping and working directly with people. She has also undertaken further education in Trauma-Informed Practice with Kim Barthel and is trained in the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational (CO-OP) Approach.

Talia was drawn to paediatric practice through her passion for ensuring therapy is a fun, engaging and positive experience. She has several years of experience as a paediatric allied health assistant and has a particular interest in trauma-informed practice, play-based therapies and promoting independence in activities. Talia has had previous experience as a disability support worker and with community sport programs such as Sense Rugby. She was also fortunate enough to spend time working with Royal Far West, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and Cochlear’s Global HQ.

Outside of the clinic, Talia also spends time at Taronga Zoo, where she co-coordinates specialist community outreach and education programs. She is passionate about animals, with previous roles as a veterinary nurse in general and specialist practice. She also enjoys sport, listening to podcasts, looking after her indoor plants and spending time with her dog.

Guiding Principles.

Strong Foundations.

At North Shore OT our therapy is strongly guided by our belief in the strengths of a developmental approach to therapy. We support children to develop their skills in their everyday activities, school tasks and social and emotional development by identifying weaknesses and gaps in component areas lower down in the developmental pyramid and working with the children and families to strengthen these areas.


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Joyful Connection.

Parents, carers and other family members are an integral part of our therapy sessions. Through coaching and education we strive to support parents and carers to deepen their connection with their child. And it is within the context of these relationships that much progress can be made.


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Play-based Therapy.

At North Shore Occupational Therapy play is an integral part of all our treatment approaches. Occupational Therapists are skilled at choosing activities that are a just-right fit for the optimal challenge to a child's skills, and the very best therapy sessions are those in which the child doesn't even realise that they are working hard!


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