Sarah De Jager

Who is Sarah and how much experience does she have?

Sarah is an energetic and engaging therapist who loves working with children and their families. Sarah has a natural gift with connecting and building trust with kids during therapy and always aims to provide support and a listening ear to parents. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Class I Honours in 2018, but has always had a passion for working with and being around children in and out of work.

Sarah has a special interest in working with children with a range of occupational challenges at home, in the community and at school. In particular, children with ASD, ADHD/ADD, classroom/learning difficulties including executive function challenges, sensory regulation challenges and handwriting issues. Sarah also has a special interest in Social Thinking curriculum and uses this approach with most of her clients to support their social, emotional, play and living skills.

Sarah loves to work collaboratively and closely with her families and kids to help them to grow in confidence and to support them to reach their potential.

Read more information about Sarah's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Sarah worked with children and their families in a rural private practice during her first university placement. In this setting, she conducted school visits, facilitated group sessions and provided meaningful and client-centred therapy for fine/gross motor challenges, emotional regulation and sensory processing difficulties.

Sarah also has extensive volunteer experience working with and building relationships with children at Kids Matters and at a local youth group/camps.

Additional Training & Certifications

  • Extensive clinical training, supervision and work shadowing at Kids Matters (2016-2017 and 2019)
  • Sue Larkey and Dr Tony Attwood – Austism Spectrum Disorder Conference (2018)

Sarah is directly and closely supervised by the principal of the practice Vivienne Williams and has the support of all the other more experienced staff. Vivienne and Sarah collaborate on all cases.

Vivienne highly recommends Sarah for her skills, knowledge and approach.

What approach does she take?

Sarah brings to the organisation a high standard of personal ethics. Her approach is focused on person-centred practice. She enjoys individualising her therapy sessions to the child and families interests. This helps to increase engagement and motivation during therapy. Sarah is a very warm and welcoming therapist who easily builds rapport and connection. Sarah aims to build trust with her clients so they are able to best work toward achieving their occupation-centred goals.

Why Choose Sarah and is Sarah Right For You?

Sarah is an energetic, passionate and hard working therapist. She is passionate about searching for strengths in the child and families and using these to overcome challenges and difficulties faced in every day life. Sarah aims to create a supportive environment during therapy, where children and parents feel comfortable to ask questions and feel empowered.

Sarah prefers to take a holistic approach, which includes involving teachers, parents and siblings (if appropriate) into the therapy, this is important for transferring the skills and strategies discussed and practiced in therapy to be also used in those other contexts.

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.