Individual Therapist Profile: Katja Kotaniemi OT

Katja Kotaniemi

Who is Katja and how much experience does she have?

Katja graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours Class 1). Since then she has pursued her passion for working with children, working at a private paediatric practice in Grafton NSW. In this setting Katja primarily worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sensory processing issues, developmental delays, ADHD, motor skills challenges and learning difficulties.

Katja is highly passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families, to allow children to experience success in daily activities such as play, self-care and learning.
Read more information about Katja's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Katja has experience working with children aged 2-16, with various developmental, learning and emotional concerns including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Sensory processing and regulatory disorders
  • Learning difficulties
  • Postural and motor planning problems
  • Handwriting difficulties


Courses Completed

  • Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Approach by Patricia and Julia Wilbarger
  • Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Audio-Vestibular Protocol Online Workshop by Sheila Frick Auditory Defensiveness Online Workshop by Sheila Frick
  • Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) work shop by Dr Mary Law
  • The Basic Course on the DIR/Floortime Model by Dr. Stanley Greenspan
  • Building Blocks for Movement and Praxis – Promoting the Development of Motor Skills and Praxis by Teresa May-Benson
  • Essentials of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism by Teresa May-Benson
  • Developing Pretend Play Skills in Children – Advanced by Professor Karen Stagnitti
  • Understanding the Sensory Systems: Tactile/Touch by Dr Chris Chapparo
  • Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies for Home and School by Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pamela J crooke
  • Executive Functioning by Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pamela J Crooke

What approach does she take?

Katja takes a predominantly child lead approach, in order to allow children to explore, learn and grow in a safe and fun environment. Katja greatly enjoys working collaboratively with caregivers, teachers and other professionals to ensure best outcomes for children and their families.

Is Katja Right For You?

Katja loves to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sensory processing issues, motor skills challenges and learning difficulties. Katja is also interested in supporting people of all ages, with sensory processing challenges to achieve success in their daily lives.

For children with more complex learning difficulties Katja recommends seeing one of Kids Matters other highly skilled 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.