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About Us

At PlaySpace Paediatric Therapy, it is our mission to support and empower children and their families to meaningfully participate, engage and connect within their everyday environments and occupations.

We are a fun, innovative, and quality-driven service, we pride ourselves on play-based, engaging and meaningful therapy in a safe and supportive environment for children.

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Our team of Occupational Therapists have

completed additional clinical training in general children’s development, fine motor development, sensory processing, neuroscience, and age-appropriate skills at each stage of a child’s life – all incorporating the true work of childhood – play!

Whether its learning to write, making new friends or supporting learning some of those tricky fine motor skills, our team have the ability to assess, analyse and plan to support your child reach their goals.

We use the most appropriate assessments to understand your child’s functional abilities, their strengths, and areas to target through intervention. Our evidence-based approach means that we only offer therapy that will be effective for your kiddo!

Our Values

play

Play is how children connect, interact, and learn about their world

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growth

Evolving, learning, progressing, and growing 

connection

Facilitating and building meaningful connections with others

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participation

Children thrive when they are able to actively participate in their environments

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individuality

Supporting individuality, self-expression and confidence to be uniquely you

Our Team

Caitlin Mccarty occupational therapist

Caitlin

Director & Occupational Therapist

Lani Beard occupational therapist

Lani

Occupational Therapist

Caitlin is the lead Occupational Therapist & Owner of PlaySpace Paediatric Therapy. She began PlaySpace in 2021, with the vision to create a quality-driven service for children and families of the Gold Coast region.

 

Caitlin has a strong passion for working with children to achieve meaningful goals, and believes that forming a fun, therapeutic and fulfilling relationship with the child is the first step towards fostering clinical success.

 

Caitlin has worked with children with a range of conditions and who are all unique in their interests, goals, preferences and needs. With evidence-based practice at the forefront of intervention, she has experience providing individualized therapy targeting play skills, social skills, fine motor skills, independence with self-care, daily routines & activities, emotional regulation, and sensory processing differences.

 

Caitlin has completed a range of additional training, including:

  • DIR Floortime (Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based model)

  • Becoming a Behavioural Detective: understanding complex behaviour

  • Sensory Regulation & Behaviour

  • Praxis in Early Intervention

  • Traffic Jam in my Brain

  • The Zones of Regulation Program

  • The Alert Program

  • Self Regulation through Neuroscience

  • Learn to Play

  • SPELD Literacy Skills Workshop

 

Caitlin enjoys seeing children grow, progress, and gain confidence through collaborative intervention with families, carers, and teachers.

Lani is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 4 years experience working as a Support Worker, Occupational Therapist Assistant and then as an OT!

 

Lani enjoys being outdoors such as playing touch football, going on walks, swimming at the beach and spending time with her dog, Theo.

 

Lani has a charismatic, energetic and bubbly personality.

 

Lani graduated with a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University in 2021. Lani started her career working in the community with NDIS participants aged between 0-68. Lani has experience working with Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Prader Willi Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and genetic disorders.

 

Lani has taken interest in SOS feeding, emotional regulation and increasing function in fine and gross motor skills.

Lani has specifically worked with; assessment and prescription of assistive technology & equipment, report writing, leading handwriting programs, emotional regulation, reflex integration, and sensory processing based activities and intervention.

 

Lani takes pride in working with families, supports, and educators to ensure your child benefits from their therapy services.

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Phoebe graduated from Southern Cross University in 2023. We have been lucky enough to have Phoebe apart of our PlaySpace Team as a Therapy Assistant prior to graduating as an Occupational Therapist.

 

Phoebe brings her experience from working in multiple paediatric settings, such as; early intervention therapy assistance, autism-specific early intervention services, and practical experience from university placements supporting NDIS participants.

 

Phoebe is a passionate and committed therapist who loves to support children and their families to thrive in their everyday environments and occupations. Phoebe works hard to ensure she is providing support to her clients and families with an evidence-based, neuro-affirming, and goal-focused approach.

 

Phoebe provides mobile services throughout the Gold Coast & Northern NSW region.

Phoebe

Occupational Therapist

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Morgan is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, she graduated with a bachelor's degree at Flinders University, South Australia in 2021, prior to relocating to the Gold Coast.

 

Morgan has supported children with their communication goals in a variety of settings including early learning centres, schools. homes and private practice.

 

Morgan loves building rapport with families while providing a fun, supportive and neurodiversity affirming approach to assessment and therapy.

 

Morgan has completed professional development training in:

  • Hanen It Takes Two To Talk

  • PROMPT

  • Sounds Write: Synthetic Phonics Program

  • Key Word Sign

 

Morgan provides mobile services throughout the Gold Coast & Northern NSW region.

Morgan

Speech Pathologist

Our Services

We provide Occupational Therapy services within your child's natural environments.

Our Occupational Therapist's can assist your child within the following areas: 

Sensory Processing

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Therapy can target sensory processing challenges your child may be experiencing, whether your child is highly sensitive towards certain environments/ stimuli, or is seeking of sensory input, we can suggest strategies and techniques to assist. 

Self-Care

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Occupational Therapy can target self-care skills, such as; dressing, toileting, feeding /  mealtimes, routines, grooming 

Emotional Regulation

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We can support children & families to develop co-regulation techniques and emotional regulation skills. We work with your child to; recognize and labelling their emotions, understand others emotions, develop self-regulation skills and co-regulation techniques

Social & Play Skills

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Girlfriends

We support children to develop their social and play skills, this may include; sharing & taking turns, developmental play skills, diversifying play, understanding social cues, developing friendships, understanding perspectives, conversational skills, conflict resolution, problem solving.

Fine Motor

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Kids Painting

We support our clients with developing their fine motor skills so they can have success with everyday tasks and fine motor demands, this may include;  handwriting skills, grasp development, cutlery skills, strengthening, open/closing/manipulating everyday items

Cognition

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Kid drawing

Our OT's support your child to develop their executive functioning skills, cognitive flexibility, and participation/ engagement within their learning setting.

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