Sensory Assessment services available

Activ is offering sensory assessment services with two new, highly-experienced Occupational Therapists joining our Allied Health team.

Meet Lara:

Lara Jansen has 25 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, gained at the former Disability Services Commission and Department of Communities. She has extensive experience working in senior roles in early childhood development and behaviour support teams.

“I’m keen to be involved in sensory assessments at Activ. Understanding a customer’s sensory needs and preferences allows the team around that person to understand and plan for sensory supports which ultimately improves the quality of life for the person,” she says.

Lara says it is not just the customer who is part of the assessment process, with family and supports also involved.

“It’s important sensory needs are embedded in daily routines and any adaptations are made that are interfering with the person’s daily functioning. I also believe in the importance of educating carers and families on how calming or stimulating environments allow customers to regulate at times of dysregulation.”

 

 

Meet Liz:

Liz Omaidi has extensive experience as an Occupational Therapist in the disability sector. Her career includes experience working in early childhood settings, adult mental health facilities, government and private practice. Her roles have included working as an Occupational Therapist, senior and supervisory roles, consulting and training in the industry.

Liz says she thrives to work in best practice early intervention and focuses on supporting children and families to achieve functional goals alongside a collaborative team.

“This helps the child feel safe, secure and in control as much as possible in their own environments and their own skin – increasing understanding, awareness, capacity and independence.”

Liz also has a strong background in sensory processing, seeing it as part of the bigger picture.

“I look at how it contributes alongside other factors in a more functional outlook rather than pure sensory integration. Sensory processing isn’t isolated, other areas such as emotional regulation, functional independence, executive functioning , coping with transitions, sleep, eating, and self care are also important when working with children and their families.”

“Everyone processes sensory information differently, it’s when it impacts on someone’s comfort, security and participation or function that a closer look into their sensory processing is warranted.”

 

Contact our team to learn more about Sensory Assessments at hello@activ.asn.au