Child Sense provides therapy services for children and adolescents and is based in the Inner West of Sydney.
Child Sense’s philosophy focuses on improving functional outcomes for children, their families and relevant others (such as school teachers) through family-centred practice, consultation, monitoring and direct intervention.
Aaron Jackson- Occupational Therapist and Owner
Aaron originally set up the Child Sense Occupational Therapy service and has returned at the end of 2015 to take on a caseload within the inner west and to run the Child Sense service again. Aaron has worked in paediatric occupational therapy for around 15 years and has had post graduate training in sensory integration. He currently works with children with a variety of difficulties but has worked most extensively with children with autism spectrum disorders, attention and emotional disorders. Aaron has developed preschool, primary and adolescent programmes for children with a range of diagnoses. He has presented at national autism conferences both in Australia and New Zealand and has presented on autism for the NSW OT Association. Aaron has run training programmes on ADHD for the London Juvenille Firesetters Intervention Scheme.
Aaron is coauthor of SERVAM an approach for families who have a child who has autism. This approach has been approved by the federal government as an approach based on emerging and current evidence. He supervises occupational therapists in the practice and is involved in promoting professional development of all the therapists in the practice
Ali McClenaughan- Occupational Therapist
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy, Honours); The SOS Approach to Feeding; “Listening with the Whole Body” (Therapeutic Listening®), ProACTive Facilitator Training: ACT for Children and Young people with Anxiety by Westmead Children’s Hospital; Occupational Therapy and Autism: The Occupational Therapy Role in Diagnosis, Intervention and Integration/Inclusion; “Traffic Jam in my Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences”; “Learning to Conquer the Wees and Poos: Behavioural Management of Constipation/Soiling and Urinary Incontinence in Children” ; “Getting it Write - The Occupational Therapy Role in Assessment & Intervention of Handwriting for Primary School Children”
Ali joined the Child Sense team in July 2015 and quickly became an intrinsic part of the service. Having had an interest in paediatrics throughout her degree, Ali worked as an ABA therapist while studying and has since held paediatric positions giving her experience with children with both physical and developmental disabilities. Ali is a passionate therapist who takes a family centred approach to intervention. She is committed to continued professional development, regularly reflecting on her practice and seeking out development opportunities to further enhance her skills.
Brianna Hassall- Occupational Therapist
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy); “Listening with the Whole Body” (Therapeutic Listening®)
Brianna joined the Child Sense Team in 2017 having worked in school settings with mainstream children and children with behavioural concerns. Brianna has developed great practical strategies for schools and teachers. She has a passion for sensory integration and social and emotional development. Brianna loves working with children and has a commitment to providing high quality services for families.
Amanda Robb- Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Bachelor in Psychotherapy & Counselling, Masters in Relational Therapy and Sexual Health and a Grad Certificate in Higher Education
As a qualified therapist, Amanda’s expertise primarily consists of supporting individuals and families dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, mental health issues, transitional life stages, and clients wishing to strengthen their relationship and communication skills.
Coming from an extensive background working in trauma counselling, Amanda feels passionate about providing a supportive space for her clients (adults, children and couples) to feel valued, heard, and empowered to make the positive changes they need to work through issues they are currently experiencing.
Amanda believes every client is unique and utilises a collection of specialised therapeutic frameworks to meet the needs of each client.
Alongside her counselling work with Child Sense Occupational Therapy and Women’s Health Centres, Amanda is a lecturer at The University of Sydney and The Australian College of Applied Psychology where she teaches counselling students.
Reanna Price- Music Therapist
Reanna Price from Sydney Music Therapy has joined up with our service to run individual sessions and to assist in groups in the service. Reanna a Masters in Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts (Music) majoring in Performance and Music Technology, Diploma of Education (Music), Post graduate in Programme Directors, Applied Behaviour Analysis training and has recently became certified in Neurological Music Therapy. Over the past 12 years Reanna has taught in Sydney, China and London Schools. Reanna has also been a professional musician for over 20 years and has gained clinical experience from Westmead Children's Hospital, Special Schools, nursing homes and the Nordoff Robbins Centre. Reanna is currently on the NSW Australian Music Therapy Association committee. More information on Reanna and her services can be found at www.sydneymusictherapy.com.au/.