Abbey Martin

Who is Abbey and How Much Experience Does She Have?

Abbey is a passionate and friendly therapist who loves working with children to help them reach their potential. She is a family-centred therapist, who enjoys working closely with a child’s family unit.

Abbey graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Class 1 Honours. Abbey has been working at Kids Matters since 2020, and prior to this was working in Toowoomba.

Read more information about Abbey's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Abbey completed a 10-week university placement within the Child Development Service. In this setting, Abbey worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team to assess a range of occupational difficulties a child might be experiencing. She has also worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide ongoing therapy and support to children and families with a range of difficulties. Abbey has experience conducting therapy within the clinic environment, as well as home and school environments.

Abbey has experience working with children with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental delays
  • Social skills difficulties
  • Emotional regulation challenges
  • Handwriting challenges

Additional Training and Certifications

Abbey has attended the following courses:

  • CHQ Paediatric Occupational Therapy Symposium 2018
  • Introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime 2019

What Approach Does Abbey Take and Is She Right For You?

Abbey takes a play-based approach to therapy and believes in building a strong relationship with a child and their family throughout therapy. Abbey takes time to listen her clients concerns, and aims to make therapy enjoyable and engaging, through incorporating the child’s interests. Abbey seeks to see the strengths in every child. Abbey also maintains regular communication with all relevant people in a child’s journey.

Abbey’s Background and Culture

I was born in Geelong but have lived in Brisbane most of my life. Family is very important to me, and my weekends are often spent spending time with family or friends. I love travelling and have been lucky enough to visit quite a few countries.

A Few of Abbey’s Favourite Things

Abbey loves playing bass guitar in a semi-professional guitar ensemble. She also loves going out for breakfast on the weekend and finding new cafes around Brisbane.

What happens if you don’t like your therapist (or they don’t feel best equipped to help you)?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts you or the therapist may find that you are not a good fit. If your therapist feels that he or she is not best suited to you, he/ she will discuss this with you and recommend a more appropriate therapist. We will then offer you a discounted first session with a new more appropriate therapist at Kids Matters.

If you feel that your therapist is not a good fit within the first three sessions, simply discuss this with our admin team who will find a more suitable therapist. We will then offer you 50% off your first consultation with the new therapist.

 

 

AT A GLANCE

Locations:

Greenslopes

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Class 1 Honours)

Area of Focus:

ASD, ADHD, Developmental delays, Social skills difficulties, emotional regulation, handwriting challenges

Modalities:

Play therapy, child-led therapy, sensory modulation, task-specific practice

Additional Training:

  • CHQ Paediatric Occupational Therapy Symposium 2018.
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Conference 2019.
  • Introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime 2019.
  • Karen Stagnitti Learn to Play Therapy Part 1 & 2

Services:

Individual sessions, Telehealth, Parent Coaching, Group Programs (LEGO Club)