The Team

We are a dynamic and close-knit team that aims to support all children and their families to develop confidence in themselves and their own ability to achieve goals. We pride ourselves on only providing evidence based approaches, and believe that the key to success is building strong relationships as well as having an extensive knowledge base.  We are constantly attending professional development events to make sure we always offer consistent and outstanding service. You will leave our sessions with greater knowledge, confidence and a clear pathway to skill development.

 

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Occupational Therapist

Ruth started working with Kid Link at the beginning of 2017. She loves working with children and their families to see a child’s potential discovered. Her friendly and caring personality helps her to build rapport quickly with both children and families, a connection that she values very highly. Ruth enjoys working with the diversity of challenges that children and families can be experiencing and helping to provide some understanding, support, guidance and hope to families through their individual experience.

 

 

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Occupational Therapist

Caitlin began working for Kid Link in early 2017. Caitlin is passionate about empowering children and their families to reach their full potential, and aims to do so in a supportive, fun, and engaging way. Caitlin graduated from La Trobe University, and has both personal, and professional experience in working with children and adolescents. Caitlin has experience in working with young people experiencing mental health challenges, as well as addressing emotional regulation, and sensory difficulties. Caitlin’s bright, and bubbly personality enables her to build great rapport with children and their families, something Caitlin believes to be extremely important in assisting children to address life’s obstacles!

 

 

Kate Neilson

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Kate has a strong interest and experience working in paediatric mental health, specialising in kinder and early primary aged kids. Kate bleeds energy and passion, showing this through the way she interacts with kids and their families. She’s the type of person who never has the smile wiped off her face, always ensuring everyone is feeling A-Ok. She love to work with the child’s whole team to ensure consistency and a collaborative approach.

 

 

Caitlyn Cowie

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Caitlyn graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) and began working with Kid Link in mid-2017. Caitlyn has a passion for enabling children to be as independent as possible within their everyday activities and equipping them with the skills to manage their own emotions and behaviour. Caitlyn believes that therapy does not end once the therapy session has concluded, and therefore is committed to working with families to discuss knowledge, ideas, and strategies that can assist families at home. Caitlyn understands no single approach is the right one for every child or family, and maintains a flexible approach to therapy that is fun and family centred.

 

Danni Gheorghe

Occupational Therapist

unnamed-18Danni started working at Kid Link in October 2017. Danni has an undergraduate in Applied Science (Psychology) and graduated from a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy Practice in June 2017. Danni is extremely passionate about working collaboratively with children and young people, alongside their families, to reach greater independence and fulfilment. Danni has previous experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder, particularly in relation to school readiness and social skill development. Danni is a driven and creative therapist and prides herself on tailoring therapy to suit the needs of the individual.

 

 

 

Samantha Tavrou

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Sam has extensive experience in Early Intervention and she specialises in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Samantha loves helping children who have emotional regulation and sensory difficulties and works closely with families to achieve their goals through education and hands on activities. She has a passion for family centred practice and the kids just love her. Sam is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to her return.

 

 

Jackie Sikic

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Jackie is the director of Kid Link and has a strong background in paediatric occupational therapy, specialising in working with children with autism and related disorders as well as a variety of other disabilities and developmental delays.

She has extensive experience working in schools; providing  one on one therapy, facilitating groups, offering classroom support and running professional development events for teachers and other professionals with the view of optimising inclusion and success for all children. Jackie loves assisting children in developing their confidence and supporting families in learning how to advocate for their child. She has a strong passion for providing a service that is welcoming, fun and goal based. She loves working with the vibrant and passionate Kid Link Therapists and ensuring the service Kid Link offers is exceptional, reasonably priced and consistent.

 

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Kerri Thompson 

Administration (Tuesday, Wednesday)

Kerri has been at Kid Link for over 2 years and we’d be lost without her keeping us organised and supporting families with their enquiries.  Kerri has a background in counselling and administration so as well as being great at her job, also brings a unique passion to the admin role at Kid Link. She would love to talk to you about the services we offer at Kid Link, and help to ease any stress when navigating the complexities of managing various therapy programs and funding bodies.

 

Chelsea Willis

Administration (Monday, Thursday, Friday)

Chelsea joined our team in June this year and means we have a smiling person at reception every day during the week now. This means we can do an even better job of helping out families as quickly as possible.  Chelsea has a background in business management and as well as helping kerri with the complex administration and reception tasks, she is also supporting Jackie to keep Kid Link going behind the scenes. She loves being around families and kids and is happy to help in any way she can.