Oac Health team
The Oac Health team will support your child’s development using current evidenced best practices. The team offers consultations and recommendations to encourage your child on their path to reaching their learning potential.
Sarah Doyle - Occupational Therapist
Sarah is a registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist across both private and public sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney and is a member of OT Australia.
Sarah has experience in Australia and the United Kingdom working with children of all ages and levels of disability. Sarah has worked in large multi-disciplinary community teams, child and adolescent mental health teams and held clinical specialist roles for ASD and ADHD. Sarah believes that the most effective form of therapy is through family-centred practice and forging strong links with the education sector. Sarah’s strengths are people skills, leadership and achieving the best possible outcomes for children.
Sarah has developed and delivered parent/teacher education workshops and has provided private mentoring to OTs for 7 years. Sarah remains active with post tertiary development having completed widespread training including the SOS approach for picky eaters, Family Partnerships, Therapeutic Listening, Therapressure Brushing, COOP, Learn to Play and she is an accredited therapist for Sensory Integration.
Sarah is passionate about working with children and communities, striving for the best quality, evidence-based, assessment and interventions for children and their families.
Samantha Rasa - Occupational Therapist
Samantha is a certified Occupational Therapist with a Master of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) from The University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Health and Behavioural Science (Exercise Science) from The University of Wollongong.
Samantha has experience working with children from birth to 18 years specialising in early intervention within the clinic, home and school environment. She has experience working with moderate to severe disability including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, down syndrome, kabuki syndrome, learning difficulties, sensory integration disorders, Asperger’s, and developmental delay.
Samantha is trained in the DIR/Floortime model, which promotes development by encouraging interaction between the child and their parents/others through play. This has been developed specifically for children with autism or developmental disorders. She has undergone sensory integration training and autism specific training. Samantha strongly believes in early intervention and including educators and families within the process.
Adelaide Pendlebury – Speech Pathologist
Adelaide is a certified Speech Pathologist with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from The University of Sydney and has worked in the private sector since 2002. Adelaide also holds an Associate Diploma in Drama and Performance as well as a Diploma in Journalism.
Adelaide is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and she is an active participant in the Professional Self Regulation Program.
Keeping informed of the latest advances and evidence-based practice in the assessment and treatment of communication difficulties is a high priority for her. Adelaide has received additional training in the Hanen Centre Program ‘It Takes Two to Talk’, the principles and methods of Voicecraft, and the diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Adelaide has a wealth of experience working with children in the areas of articulation, language, literacy, and stuttering. She has worked in a number of settings including private clinics, early education centres, schools, and homes. Adelaide has also presented workshops to early education teams and health professionals on a variety of topics relating to communication.Adelaide is passionate about early intervention and believes that collaborations between families, health professionals and educators are crucial in supporting children to achieve their full potential.
Lukshini Rasakulasingam – Speech Pathologist
Lukshini is a certified speech pathologist with a Masters of Speech Pathology from the University of Sydney. Lukshini is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and attends regular professional development activities.
Lukshini previously worked in a private clinic and has extensive experience providing assessment and therapy to children in the areas of language, articulation, literacy, social communication and stuttering. Lukshini has worked within the settings of a private clinic, school and preschool. She has delivered therapy on an individual and group basis.
Lukshini has an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a family centred approach to early intervention and believes it is important to tailor therapy to each individual child.
Aimee Carroll – Speech Pathologist
Aimee is a registered practicing Speech Pathologist with a Bachelor of Science (Speech and Language Therapy) from University College Plymouth and a Bachelor of Arts (English and Linguistics) from University College Dublin.
Prior to joining Oac, Aimee worked in the United Kingdom with school age children with a range of speech and language difficulties. In this role, Aimee built close working relationships with education staff, supporting the children to access the curriculum. Aimee also has experience of working in the Queensland Outback, where she worked with children aged 0-10, supporting the children and their families with speech, language, social communication and literacy difficulties.
Aimee has a keen interest in early intervention. She believes in the importance of working closely with both education staff and families to ensure that the speech and language needs of children are met through evidenced based practice.