Hayley Huxtable OT, Occupational Therapist

Hayley Huxtable

Director | Occupational Therapist

BSc(HumBiol), MOccTher(Curtin)

Hayley is a senior Occupational Therapist with 12 years experience in private practice specializing in the assessment and intervention for school-aged children who aren’t currently performing at their optimum in the classroom.

Hayley was born and raised in Perth and graduated from Curtin University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2008. Hayley first realised her passion of working in this area of Occupational therapy when on her final placement abroad in South Africa. It was there she saw the positive effect that a therapist can have on a child even with the most limited resources and equipment available to them.

Hayley thouroughly enjoys the diversity and challenge of specializing in this field and finds great satisfaction in achieving successful outcomes for the schools, teachers, parents and most importantly the children she works with.

Perth Occupational Therapy for Kids

"I believe all children have a significant purpose in life. It is my role to ensure nothing is holding them back from fulfilling it" - Hayley Huxtable

Hayley Huxtable OT, Occuppational Therapist

As the name states, the goal at iThirve West Leederville is for all its clients to prosper, grow and flourish to the best of their ability or ‘to thrive’. Hayley aims to unlock the inhibiting factors holding a child back in their academic environment. She sets out to identify a child’s strengths and weaknesses and to provide a specialized technique of intervention that is tailored to each child that will allow them to thrive. Furthermore, her in-depth assessment process assesses the ‘whole’ child and is designed to identify the children that may require other intervention such as Speech Pathology, Child Psychology, Developmental Optometry, Naturopathy or Dietary Intervention. Hayley has built strong working relationships with all the relevant professionals in the child development field.

Hayley possesses a natural ability to engage and build rapport with children and adolescents to help them reach their full potential in schooling and in life. This skill is imperative to achieving successful therapy outcomes. Furthermore, Hayley prioritises time with the parents and other caregivers/educators to ensure they understand and are satisfied with the therapy process from start to finish.

Hayley is devoted to professional development in this ever-changing field to uphold her commitment to provide evidence based therapy. Hayley maintains current registrations with:

  • AHPRA (Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency),

  • Western Australian Occupational Therapy Association (WAOTA)

  • Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA)

  • Developmental Occupational Therapists of WA (DOT(WA)) 

  • Current Working with Children Check (WWC)

Developmental Occupational Therapy WA
Occupational Therapy Assocation WA
Working With Children Check
Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
 
Kathryn Dew OT

kathryn dew

Occupational Therapist

BSc(OT)(Hons)

iThrive is extremely fortunate to have Kathryn as a key therapist in our Occupational Therapy team. After growing up in the wheatbelt of WA, Kathryn moved to Perth to pursue her career in Occupational Therapy for Children. She graduated with honours from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy). Prior to focusing her clinical expertise on children, Kathryn spent time working in the adult mental health field. Kathryn began her paediatric career working in a rural town providing specialised services to a diverse caseload of school-aged children with varying learning difficulties and disability. After having gained this valuable experience in the pediatric field, Kathryn joined iThrive to continue her work providing excellent occupational therapy for children. 

Kathryn absolutely loves working with children and it was through her experience both in private practice and publicly at Perth’s Children Hospital where this was passion was truly realised. In both settings she saw the significant impact occupational therapy had not only for the child but for the whole family. Kathryn enjoys how fun filled sessions can be and how diverse each child is, bringing diversity to each day in clinic. Kathryn enjoys working with the child’s support team including siblings, parents, and teachers to ensure a holistic view to therapy is taken to meet the child’s goals.

Kathryn aims to assess the whole child to address factors which may present as a barrier to the child achieving success in the home and school environments. It is from this holistic assessment that Kathryn then develops tailored therapy plans for the child to allow them to thrive to their full potential.

“It brings me great joy at end of the day knowing that you have made a difference, whether big or small in a family’s life. The smile on a child's face when they achieve something for the first time will forever be the most special reward” – Kathryn Dew

Kathryn has a natural ability to develop an important rapport with the child and their families to ensure that trust and confidence is met from day one. Additionally, Kathryn has a calming nature however isn’t afraid to have fun with the kids in sessions! These are key traits in achieving the outcomes of therapy. Kathryn has written a wonderful blog titled "Does My Child Need OT" which beautifully answers the question on many concerned parent's minds. We encourage you to read it by clicking here.

Kathryn is devoted to professional development in this ever-changing field and enjoys keeping up to date with evolving research body of occupational therapy. Kathryn maintains current registrations with:

  • AHPRA (Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency),

  • Developmental Occupational Therapists of WA (DOT(WA)) 

  • Current Working with Children Check (WWC)

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
Developmental Occupational Therapy WA
Working With Children Check
 
Claire Goss OT

claire goss

Occupational Therapist

BMedSc(Pathology), GEM OccTher(Curtin)

iThrive is extremely fortunate to have Claire in our team as one of our Paediatric Occupational Therapists. Claire joined iThrive in late 2019 to cover the role of our principal OT Hayley whilst on maternity. Fortunately for iThrive, Claire was happy to continue at iThrive once Hayley returned as we quickly noticed the profound impression she had left on the children and families she worked with over this time.

Claire brings a diverse background in medical science and allied healthcare to iThrive. With Bachelor qualifications in both Laboratary Science and Medical Science (Pathology), Claire’s base of knowledge is grounded by a strong understanding of the human body. After graduating from Curtin University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2015, Claire’s focus on paediatric OT begun immediately while working in both private practice and the school setting. This experience brings valuable insight to iThrive on how Occupational Therapy for children is transferred from the clinical setting into both the classroom and playground. Claire remains a fan favourite at Kenwick Primary School where she continues to provide Occupational Therapy for their students which includes creating strategies for teachers and education assistants in furthering skill development and behaviour strategies for particular students in the classroom and playground.

“The important role an Occupational Therapist plays in a child's health never ceases to amaze me. Whether great or small, every child can gain something vital from our care” – Claire Goss

Claire takes particular interest in children who suffer with sensory conditions including Sensory Processing Disorder and its associated presentations. Using various assessment and treatment approaches, Claire enjoys working with children who suffer from sensory disorders and sees firsthand the importance the OT role plays in these particular cases. Claire has an incredible ability to engage these particular children and make them feel comfortable in therapy when they would otherwise struggle. Her therapy is often filled with laughter which she believes is integral to achieving the goals of treatment. If you would like to learn more about Sensory Processing Disorder, we encourage you to view our blog “Sensory Processing Disorder” by clicking here.

When Claire is not providing amazing Occupational Therapy, she'll be spending time by her pool with her husband and two daughters. Claire also loves her Hockey and is the assistant coach of the under 15's female state Hocky team. 

Claire is committed to continuing professional development in all aspects of child health and Occupational Therapy for Children maintaining current registrations with:

  • AHPRA (Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency),

  • Developmental Occupational Therapists of WA (DOT(WA)) 

  • Current Working with Children Check (WWC)

  • Education Department Police Clearance

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
Developmental Occupational Therapy WA
Working With Children Check
 
Bridget O'Hara Occupational Therapist

Bridget o'hara

Occupational Therapist

BSc(OT)(Hons)

Bridget is our newest Occupational Therapist to join iThrive. Bridget brings a valuable amount of pediatric experience to our team and we are thrilled to have her. We will come back shortly to update her bio. For now please feel free to use the booking link below to schedule an initial consult with Bridget. She has availability from the 16th of August, so please click over the August to see her availability when making a booking. Alternatively if you would like to chat to Bridget directly and ask any specific questions about your child, please free to call. 

More to follow!

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
Developmental Occupational Therapy WA
Working With Children Check