About Kool KATTS
Kool KATTS provides Occupational Therapy services for children and teens in the central region of Sydney, based in Parramatta.
We aim to work within a developmental and skill based framework with a strong emphasis on task analysis to identify areas of concern and target treatment to improve functional outcomes for children, their families and their wider communities. We work closely with families to develop goals and structure treatment accordingly.
Meet The Team
Kool KATTS has a pretty Kool team of supportive and highly qualified Occupational Therapists. Let’s meet them…
Kimberlee Hughes - Occupational Therapist and Owner
B.HSc. (Hons.) M.OT (Bachelor of Health Science with Honours, Master of Occupational Therapy).
Kimberlee graduated with an Honours degree from Western Sydney University. Her passion was always to work with children and following the birth of her second child she began her career in Paediatrics. Kimberlee enjoys working with toddlers to teens with Neurobiological Disorders of Childhood such as Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Developmental Delays and Learning Difficulties.
Kimberlee’s post-graduate professional training has included;
- Profectum DIR Floortime
- Canadian Orientation to Occupational Performance (COOP)
- Westmead Feelings Program Certified
- Secret Agent Society
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Therapeutic Listening; Listening with the Whole Body
- Gravity & Motion / King of Swings
- Therapeeds Practical Sense in Sensory Integration 1&2, How to Become a Sensory Chef
- “Traffic Jam in my Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences”.
- Occupational Therapy Helping Children With Autism Initiative
She has two children. Kimberlee also has two siblings with disabilities and has life-long personal experience of family centred therapy. In her spare time she likes to take her children bike riding and going on adventures as a Cub Scout leader.
Kimberlee is a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Medicare. She is registered as an Occupational Therapist with AHPRA and is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of Australia.
Donna Neidlinger - Senior Occupational Therapist
Donna has brought with her, a vast range of experience. Her journey started with an abrupt career change when her own son was diagnosed with autism. Donna dedicated herself to helping her son. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, in 1998 studying occupational therapy.
She started her professional career as a therapist in the special needs school system of New Jersey. Concurrently, Donna has worked as a private contractor for various organisations, and for herself, to the present. Most recently, Donna has worked for Children’s Specialized Hospital as a senior therapist, clinical supervisor, and to date, the departmental supervisor of occupational therapy.
Donna is renowned for her work in autism, Floor time, and sensory integration. She has earned the respect of parents and colleagues. Her efforts are recognised on a national level. She was awarded the Best in Patient Care in the United States for 2018, by the American Health Council.
Donna’s post-graduate professional training highlights:
- DIR Floortime, mentored by the late Stanley Greenspan, founder of Floortime.
- CLASI Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration.
- DDDM Data Driven Decision Making
- TLP The Listening Program
- HWT Handwriting Without Tears
- REI Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention
- NDT Neuro-Developmental Treatment
- Kinesio Taping
- Paediatric Feeding-SOS
Donna is a member of the (OTC) Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand. (AHA) American Health Council, (AOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association, (NDTA) Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, Autism Speaks, (WFOT) World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and (NBCOT) National Board of Occupational Therapists
Donna enjoys healthy cooking, skiing, boxing, self-defence, and playing music.
Sophie Cole - Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Sophie is an energetic and creative therapist with a passion for working with children. She enjoys working closely with families and teachers to support the child’s functional goals and needs. Sophie uses evidence-based practice to conduct meaningful play-based interventions, and tailors therapy sessions to engage children through their unique motivators.
Sophie has experience working with children and teens with a range of abilities, and is interested in working with those with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, handwriting and motor skill difficulties.
Brittaney – Occupational Therapist
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Brittaney is an empathetic and caring therapist, who is passionate about working with children. She works within a client and family centered framework to tailor therapy to each child’s unique therapy goals. Brittaney is passionate about helping children participate more fully in everyday life. She uses play-based activities to engage and motivate children to work on their developmental skills during therapy sessions.
Brittaney is interested in working with children of all abilities. She has experience working with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, ADHD, and Gross and Fine Motor skill difficulties.
Brittaney has completed professional development courses:
- Wilbarger Sensory Defensiveness
- Therapeeds Primer
Zac – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Zac is studying Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University.
He has extensive experience working with children over the past 5 years undertaking opportunities such as the Muscular Dystrophy Camp in 2017, running the children’s play area at IKEA and sports parties. Zac describes himself as “a fun-loving and friendly person who enjoys sports & adventures.
He has entered into the world of OT to make a difference in the lives of young people.
Alexa – Client Relations Manager and Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Alexa is currently Studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University.
She has always had a passion for working in paediatrics and feels lucky to have found an industry where she can help assist with the lives of children and their families. Alexa completed her third year student placement with Kool KATTS.
She is employed not only as an Occupational Therapy Assistant but also our Client Relations Manager to look after our new and existing clients.
- Person and Family Centred
Your Child’s Therapy Starts Here
Our clinic is located at:
18 Fennel St
Our operating hours are:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm