Who is Cameron and how much experience does he have?

Cameron has always had a passion for working with children and families, having decided early on in his education to pursue further study in the area of paediatrics. He completed his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland (St. Lucia) in 2007, and has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist since this time. He joined the Kids Matters Occupational Therapy team in 2011.

Cameron has special interests in the areas of early childhood development (0 – 7 years), autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders and developmental dyspraxia. He has completed extensive training in the DIR/Floortime Model and is one of the few Occupational Therapists in Australia to have completed the DIR/Floortime certificate program through the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders in the USA. He uses this model when treating a range of developmental problems, but feels it has special significance when treating children with autism spectrum disorders.

Read more information about Cameron's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Cameron has previously worked for the Government in community health services, assisting children aged 0 – 18 years, with a strong focus on the 0 – 7 year age group. He worked with premature babies and infants with traumatic birth histories, monitoring development in the first twelve months of life. He also implemented early intervention programs for children with:

• Developmental Delay
• Sensory Processing Disorders
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• ADD/ADHD •Prematurity
• Social/Emotional Problems
• Motor Coordination Problems & Dyspraxia
• Learning Difficulties
• Handwriting Problems

Cameron is currently our only certified DIR/Floortime Provdier (Intermediate Level) and is one of 2 trained providers of Interactive Metronome.

Cameron has also completed many others courses on sensory processing, autism and child development, with a strong focus on exploring the neurological basis for SPD, and working with families to treat the underlying neurological cause of sensory problems. He has a strong interest in this area because of the sensory processing problems he experienced in his childhood.

Additional Certifications

• Therapeutic Listening
• Wilbargers Deep Pressure Technique
• Intermediate Level DIR Floortime Provider
• Interactive Metronome Provider
• Interactive Metronome Home Provider

Courses Completed

• Understanding Visual Perceptual Skills in Children by Dr. Chris Chapparo
• Getting Kids in Sync by Gen Jereb
• Making SENSE of the Senses by Gillian Fowler
• Listening with the Whole Body: Therapeutic Listening by Shelia Frick
• Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach by Patricia Wilbarger & Dr. Julie Wilbarger
• Sensation and Movement: Neural Connections and Implications for Function by A/Prof. Gretchen Dahl Reeves
• The Basic Course on the DIR/Floortime Model by Dr. Stanley Greenspan
• Regulatory Sensory Processing Disorders by Rosemary White
• Occupational Therapists Working with Infants
• A Guide to Using Ayres Clinical Observations
• Redefining Autism (Online) by ICDL
• The Action is in the Interaction (DIR/Floortime) by Mari Caulfield & Kathy Walmsley •Interactive Metronome Certification
• Bridging Developmental Disabilities, Learning Differences and Mental Health by ICDL
• Clinical Assessment and Practical Intervention for Praxis by Dr. Teresa May-Benson
• Promoting Basic Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (Certificate in Basic DIR/Floortime Competencies)
• Promoting Intermediate Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (Certificate in Intermediate DIR/Floortime Competencies)
• Interactive Metronome Home Certification Master Class: Children & Adolescents With ASD by Professor Tony Attwood & Dr Michelle Garnett

What approach does he take?

Cameron uses many developmental approaches when working with children as he takes their lead, gently guiding them to mastery. Cameron is a thoughtful and playful therapist who appreciates and enjoys the uniqueness of every client.

Cameron collaborates closely with families, educating and guiding them towards the next step on the development process.

Is Cameron Right For You?

While Cameron has experience working with many diagnoses, he has a passion for working with ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome. Much of his ongoing professional development and clinical work is in this area.

If your child is between the ages of birth to 7 years of age with suspected or diagnosed ASD/Asperger’s syndrome, Cameron is keen to work with you.

Cameron’s other areas of special interest are sensory processing problems, dyspraxia and early childhood development (0-7 years).

For conditions and problems outside of these areas, Cameron recommends seeing one of the clinics other highly trained and experienced therapists.

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.

Cameron’s Case Studies

• 5 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, ‘meltdowns’ & behaviour problems.

• 6 year old boy with motor skill and handwriting difficulties.

• 7 year old boy with delayed motor skills and sensory processing problems.

Click here for more case studies.