Jill van Heerden

Who is Jill and How Much Experience Does She Have?

Jill is a South African trained Occupational Therapist, who relocated to Brisbane in 2014. She has over 20 years’ experience in working with children and their families, having worked as a school-based therapist and in private practice she is experienced in assisting infants and children with various developmental, learning, motor and emotional challenges. Jill recognises the value of family input in the therapy journey and works closely in supporting families and coaching them to support achievement of therapy outcomes.

Read more information about Jill's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Jill has experience in supporting children with sensory processing and regulatory disorders, ASD, behavioural and emotional difficulties, ADD, ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD), general developmental delays, postural difficulties and motor planning challenges.

What approach does Jill take and is she right for you?

Jill prides herself as a child centered therapist who enjoys meeting children at their developmental level and using a playful, child led approach to establish therapeutic relationships. Jill often uses a bottom-up developmental approach meeting her clients at their developmental level to support their therapy goals and functional outcomes in all areas of the child’s life. Jill is trained in sensory integration and uses this knowledge and clinical reasoning to further support both an understanding of her clients needs as well as to support their developmental gains and ability to adapt to day to day challenges.

Additional Training and Certification

Jill is trained in sensory integration.

Jill’s Background and Culture

Jill was born and grew up in South Africa, with most of her extended family still living in South Africa she knows the importance of a supportive network and truly believes in the proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

A Few of Jill’s Favourite Things

When not working Jill enjoys being a mum to her young son and pursuing her creative hobbies, travelling to new places and enjoying outdoor adventures with her family.

What happens if your therapist is not the best fit for you (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 they are not best suited to you, they 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 and they will find a more suitable therapist. 






Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Area of Focus:

ASD, ADHD, sensory processing, developmental delays, DCD


Sensory Integration, Play Therapy, Child-led therapy


Sensory Integration trained


Individuals sessions, parent sessions, school consultations, mobile community visiting