Rachel Matthews

Occupational Therapist

AT A GLANCE

Locations

Yeerongpilly

Qualifications

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Area of Focus

ASD, ADHD, social and play skills, executive functioning, independence with routines, handwriting and fine motor skills

Services

Individual sessions, parent sessions, mobile community visiting, telehealth, school/kindy visits

Rachel loves helping children to work towards their goals through using a child and family centred approach.  She values building lasting relationships with clients and families and loves to keep therapy fun.

Rachel has recently joined the Kids Matters Occupational Therapy team with 1.5 years experience as a paediatric Occupational Therapist. Rachel has been passionate about working with children since high school and she volunteered with kids and youth groups for several years. Whilst studying Occupational Therapy, Rachel worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at a paediatric clinic, where she worked alongside Occupational Therapists to provide therapy activities to children of all ages.

Rachel has experience working with children who have the following diagnoses/challenges:

  • Developmental delays
  • Executive functioning difficulties, specifically emotional regulation, impulse control, attention, problem solving
  • ASD
  • ADHD
  • Intellectual Disability and cognitive impairments
  • Chromosomal conditions
  • Handwriting and fine motor challenges

Rachel has completed professional development in the following:

  • Key Word Sign Basic Workshop, Getting Started with Key Word Sign (2023)
  • Sensory Processing and Anxiety (2024)
  • Topics such as Collaborating with Families and Children, Parenting and Behaviour in Paediatrics, Emotional Regulation, Handwriting, Executive Functioning, Toileting

Rachel uses a gentle and client-centred approach to build connections with children and help them to feel comfortable in the therapy environment. She is passionate about using both evidence-based practice and a play-based approach to work collaboratively with families and enable children to achieve their goals.

Rachel is from the Redlands area and she has three siblings. Growing up she spent many Friday nights playing board games and doing craft activities as part of kids and youth groups, both as a participant and then as a leader, which has grown her love for having fun and building genuine relationships with others.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys Pilates, playing the cello, going for walks and spending time with friends and family. She is often finding new hobbies and is currently learning to sew and play the piano.

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.

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.

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