Sally Davison

Sally is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) with post graduate training in Counselling and

Psychotherapy. Her clinical practice spans more than twenty years in both public, private and community

sectors and includes working with adults, children, and families. She has significant experience engaging

with both primary and secondary schools in government and private sectors, and she understands the

complexities of school environments.

The primary goal of Occupational Therapy (OT) is to help people participate in their ‘occupations’ in everyday

life. Often children come to the clinic presenting with limitations or barriers to their participation in a range of

everyday activities.

For children, meaningful everyday activities or ‘occupations’ could include:

  • Learning at school

  • Being a friend

  • Being a family member

  • Participating in sports

  • Belonging to a club

  • Being a part-time worker (15 years+) or volunteer

  • Participating in hobbies/pursing interests

  • Looking after yourself (getting dressed, making a snack, remembering your things etc)

 

The number one priority for Sally when she starts working with people is to first build a trusting, comfortable and therapeutic relationship. This is the foundation for understanding the barriers to participation and then working towards growth and change.

The natural environment and physical activities such as a simple walk or scooter ride through the gardens or along the beach can be a very effective therapeutic tool for children. They may not realise they are learning to overcome their barriers when they are having fun, absorbed in activity or 'occupation’. We call this Walk and Talk therapy. Activities are tailored to each individual child and their needs.

Sally’s dog Tommy is a black and white Maltese Shih tzu. He is 1 year old and he is learning to become a therapy dog and join in sessions, just like Max.

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