'My name is Kylie Walsh and I graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Qld in 1994 and a Master of Counselling at QUT in 2000. I have since worked in early intervention and with school aged children and their families in both the public and private sector.
I am a member of the national professional association – The Australian Association of Occupational therapists and I am registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. This acknowledges my commitment to continued professional development and assures professional excellence in my service delivery.
My work experience since 1995 has involved early intervention teamwork for provision of clinic-based and community-based services. During this time, I have developed extensive experience in working with children who have difficulties with learning. This includes children with a specific disability or disorder such as Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder or simply difficulty with attention and handwriting to meet the expected demands of the classroom.
During occupational therapy intervention sessions, I aim to promote independent participation with the activities a child needs to do, wants to do and is expected to do. In my practice, I support a child with their doing skills using key interventions of mastering skills, processing information, sensory self-regulation and emotional resilience.
Since working as an occupational therapist I have had three girls of my own so I understand the role of balancing family life and supporting a child to reach their potential. Raising my own family has also influenced my family centred and strength-based approach to build on an individual child and family’s strengths to reduce challenges in everyday activities. My additional counselling degree has enhanced my skills to work alongside children where social-emotional concerns impact their performance of everyday activities.
Having worked in early intervention for many years, I have a strong belief in working in collaboration with other people involved in a child’s life for best outcomes. Parent / carers are the most important people in a child’s life, but collaboration may also include consultation with a paediatrician, GP, teacher, psychologist, speech and language pathologist, physiotherapist and social worker.
Currently I work in collaboration with professionals at Family Doctors Plus, 2/178 Albion Rd Windsor.
I offer clinic-based and school-based appointment times on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, during school terms. However, I accept phone call enquiries, respond to emails and complete reports on non-clinic days.