Michelle Cloete

Greenslopes, Yeerongpilly

Who is Michelle and how much experience does she have?

Michelle Cloete is a South African trained Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of The Witwatersrand in 2001. She has been working in paediatrics for over 10 years. Having run her own successful practice in Johannesburg, she recently moved to Brisbane with her young family to seek out a new adventure.

Read more information about Michelle's skills and training.

Courses completed

• Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach, Avanti Educational Programs (presented by Patricia and Julia Wilbarger), November 2012
• Working With The Younger Child: Observation and Treatment of the 0-4 Year Old , Sensory Spaces , October 2012
• Sensory Integration Treatment Course, The South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI), October 2011
• Instructors Course in Neuman-Neurode’s Baby Postural Exercises, Daryl Jennings (Instructor of Neumann-Neurode’s Exercises), December 2010
• Baby Therapy Workshop, Institute for Occupational Therapists in Private Practice (INSTOP), August 2010
• A Sensory Integration Course on Interpretation, The South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI), October 2008
• SIPT Test Mechanics Course, The South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI), June 2008 • Infant Sensory Integration Training, Megan Faure (Baby Sense), August 2007
• A Basic Introduction to DIR/Floortime Approach, Little Stars, May 2007
• Sensory integration theory and test mechanics (SCISIT), The South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI), March- April 2004
• Cranio Sacral Therapy Level 1, The Upledger Institute, March 2003

Michelle is a certified sensory integration therapist.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Michelle has predominantly worked in a private clinic setting. She is experienced in assisting infants, children, adolescents and adults with various learning, developmental and emotional difficulties including:

• Autistic spectrum disorders
• Sensory processing and regulatory disorders
• Sleep issues
• Feeding difficulties
• Behavioural and emotional difficulties related to regulatory problems
• Pervasive Developmental Disorder and other developmental delays
• Learning difficulties
• Postural and motor planning problems

What approach does she take?

Believing that taking a holistic approach is key to yielding meaningful and sustainable positive change in any individual’s life, Michelle not only works with the client in one-on-one therapy sessions, but is also passionate about communicating with and educating family members, caregivers and teachers.

As enjoyment and positive experiences are such powerful motivators for change, she primarily uses a child directed approach in therapy sessions, though will bring in appropriate structure to enhance a sense of safety and predictability with those who need it. She values having fun and developing trusting meaningful relationships with her clients. In her work with infants, adolescents and adults, education and training/coaching of the caregivers and/or the individual are priorities, though she may also use therapeutic intervention with these clients if indicated.

Is Michelle Right For You?

She has a special interest in treating clients with sensory processing challenges that affect their ability to function and engage with others in different environments. She also enjoys helping children with various motor planning and postural difficulties learn how to feel their bodies in space and navigate appropriately through their daily activities.

Michelle prefers to not work with clients who are looking to improve on an isolated skill set, such as handwriting, where there are no other developmental, motor planning or sensory processing concerns.

For conditions and problems outside of these areas, Michelle recommends seeing one of the clinics other highly trained and experienced 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.

Michelle’s Case Studies

• 14 month old boy with feeding and physical difficulties.

• 6 year old boy with difficulties maintaining attention & handwriting.

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