Our Staff

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

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy); MHlthSc (Occupational Therapy).

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 Brown

(nee McClenaughan)

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy, Honours)

University of Southern California Chan: Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration

Ali has been with Child Sense since 2015 and is an integral 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)

University of Southern California Chan: Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration

Brianna has 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.

Luke Walsh

Occupational Therapist

B.OT(Honours)

Luke has a passion for sensory integration and social/emotional development. He strives to promote successful function for children and families across all contexts of their lives using realistic intervention techniques. Luke places great value on working within the home, school and clinic environments. With his fun and enthusiastic approach to therapy, Luke has a great ability to build a supportive, collaborative and honest rapport with all involved in a child’s care team. Outside of Child Sense, Luke coordinates a supported rugby program known as Sense Rugby to promote inclusion for children with additional needs in sport.

Natalie Larter

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

 

Melissa Earl

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Clinical Sciences; M(Occupational Therapy)

 

Elspeth Grobler

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

 

 

Ashleigh Ehrenfeld

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

 

Catherine McLoughlin

Occupational Therapist

BSc (Hons.) Occupational Therapy

 

Sophie Culmer Whitlow

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)

 

Julie Haddad

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)