Natasha Chelan

Natasha is an enthusiastic and caring therapist who has a passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of children and their families, by supporting them to achieve their goals. She is playful, yet professional in her approach, and believes in drawing upon a child’s strength and capabilities to support their participation in daily activities.

Natasha graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

Experience with Children’s Issues

Natasha has experience working with children and their families in both hospital and community settings. She completed a 10-week university placement at the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, where she developed skills working with children with (or seeking) a range of different diagnoses. She has experience working collaboratively with other professionals to provide integrated care to children and their families. 

Natasha has experience with:

  • Learning difficulties or delays
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Fine motor difficulties
  • Difficulties with showering and dressing

Training & Support

Natasha is directly and closely supervised by senior therapists and has the support of all the other more experienced staff.

What approach does Natasha take?

Natasha is a warm therapist who strives to create a safe and fun therapy environment for all her clients. She believes in the abilities of every child and aims to use and build upon a child’s strengths to support their success in every aspect of their life. She seeks to maintain a ‘just right challenge’ for children in therapy to ensure that the child is engaged and has fun in the session, while also positively progressing towards achieving their goals. Natasha uses a family-centred approach, whereby she seeks to actively involve the family in therapy. Natasha believes that the best outcomes are achieved through integrated care, meaning she actively involves and updates the family, school and other health professionals on the child’s progress and needs as appropriate.

Why choose Natasha and is she the right therapist for you?

Natasha is a kind and motivated therapist, who is passionate about supporting children and families to achieve their goals. She uses a strengths-based, occupation-centred approach that focuses on developing the child’s skills and abilities to support their participation in daily activities. Natasha is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people she works with. To achieve this she strives to develop a meaningful relationship with children and their families so that she can accurately understand the challenges they face, and address these challenges in a meaningful way.

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.