Who is Jenni and how much experience does she have?

Jenni is a dedicated and passionate OT who has over 35 years of experience in paediatric practice. Jenni graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After graduating, Jenni immediately started her career working with children and has practised in a wide range of settings. She has delivered direct therapy, as well as conducted parent and teacher consultations in the home, school and clinic environments. She has been involved in developing and implementing training and support programs and workshops through Autism Queensland and in schools. These were aimed at helping parents, families and professionals best understand and support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Language Disorder. Jenni also has experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds and established the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers program while working for Autism Queensland.

Read more information about Jenni's skills and training.

Courses completed

  • Epilepsy Queensland Seizure Management training January 2018
  • Abercedarian Practitioner Certification August 2017
  • Critical Agendas Management Training October 2016
  • NDIS Facilitator Training July 2016
  • Team Teach Tutor training – October 2015
  • Mindfulness and Self Regulation – Dr Angela Dixon – September, 2015
  • Understanding Complex Behaviours –Compass 2014
  • Victorian Autism Conference 2011, 2014
  • APAC 2013 Adelaide – education stall provider
  • Victorian Autism Conference August 2014
  • Victorian Autism Conference 2012 – session chair and presenter
  • National Disability Symposium June 2014
  • Complex Behaviour in Autism (Dr Anna Bortoli) March 2014
  • 5th SNAICC National Conference June 2013
  • Occupational Therapy Australia Conference – Working with and Learning from First Australians workshop 2013
  • The TEACCH Autism Programme December 2013
  • Autism Seminar Series – Griffith University July 2013
  • Supporting First Nations (Indigenous) peoples workshops 2013
  • Griffith University Autism Seminar series 2013
  • SNAICC National Conference 2013
  • APAC 2009. 2011, 2013
  • Supporting Your Childs Social Emotional Learning, Griffith University July 2013
  • Early Start Denver Model – Level 1 training 2011
  • Specialist tutor July 2008 Intensive ASD course, Griffith University presented by Dr Laurie Sperry ( Fulbright Specialist Honor) and Dr Deb Keen
  • HACC/MASS Continence Education Forum Brisbane March 2011- presenter
  • Autism Advisor Forums 2012, 2013, 2014 – presenter Sensory Processing across the Life Span 2 day workshop, Winnie Dunn 2011
  • Positive Practices in Behavioural Support – IABA training – Brisbane, 2013
  • 2012 – Sensory Integration: The essentials to understanding the theory, neuroscience and research. Anita Bundy and Prof. Shelly Lane.  Melbourne, Australia        
  • Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies (Linda Hodgdon) March 2011
  • Behaviour seminars Autism Queensland
  • Master class Educating in Autism ( Rita Jordan)
  • TEACCH Master Class and Research Forum – October 2008
  • Occupational Therapy Approaches with Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Townsville (2 day seminar sponsored by University of Queensland, Occupational Therapy Board of Queensland and Autism Queensland)  co presenter and course designer with Dr Jill Ashburner
  • Townsville Regional Autism Symposium November 2009 –presenter
  • The Developmental, Individual Difference and Relationship Based Model DIR/Floortime Introductory training August 2008
  • TADS presenter 2004, 2005, 2009
  • ABIQ conference presenter 2010
  • Handwriting workshop Education Qld and Zi Mei 2004
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement Workshop, Karuna Hospice 2005
  • Bobath Neuro-developmental Therapy Introductory course August 1994 and level two 1996.
  • Makaton training Education Qld
  • Auslan training Preschool for the Deaf
  • Paget Gorman 100 words The Glenleighden School
  • World Play Technique
  • State and National Occupational, Speech Pathology and Autism conferences
  • First Aide Training

Experience with Children’s Issues

She has extensive knowledge and experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning and language disorders, Global Developmental Delay, as well as a range of physical, intellectual and psychological disabilities and conditions.  She has worked across a range of settings. Jenni also has special interest areas of play, behaviour management and sensory processing. Throughout her career, Jenni has completed extensive training in the Early Start Denver Model, DIR/Floortime Model, TEACCH and Positive Behaviour Support.

She uses best-practice strategies to help children to develop their engagement and attention, self-regulation, play, school readiness, skills for learning at school, fine motor, and self-care skills including eating, toileting and dressing. She has a strong passion for working with children and their families to facilitate best outcomes for their learning and development.

What approach does she take and Is Jenni Right For You?

Jenni is warm, engaging and easily develops rapport with children. She believes that therapy and learning should be fun and enjoyable for each child, and she is highly skilled at integrating their special interests in order to achieve this. Jenni is passionate about helping all children and their families receive quality interventions. She does this through taking a child- and family-centred approach and using evidence-based and best-practice strategies. She also works closely with families, schools and other health professionals as she understands that a collaborative process provides children with the best opportunities and environments for learning and development.

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.