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.
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
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.
Michelle - Occupational Therapist Assistant
(OTC) Occupational Therapy Council – Australia and New Zealand |Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) – Singapore | Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) – Philippines |Health Professions Council (HPC) – United
Michelle is a dedicated and passion driven Occupational Therapist with broad years of hands-on professional practice in wide variety of settings such as in hospitals, community, school based, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, and private clinics.
As a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, she has been making difference in the lives of young children with diverse needs and diagnoses particularly Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and Developmental Delays, Coordination Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Anomalies, Low vision and others. She has worked in partnership with Ministry of Education in Singapore to support children and young adults in mainstream schools and community integration.
Michelle believes that meaningful engagement with the child can best be achieved through play and therapeutic intervention. She also believes that collaboration between family, teachers and other professionals is essential to succeed the fullest potential of each individual child.
Michelle’s post-graduate professional trainings and qualifications has included:
- Advanced Intervention for Visual – Vestibular Related Praxis Deficits
- Clinical Assessment & Observation for Sensory Integration & Praxis
- Sensory Processing to Executive Functioning
- Assistive Technology / Rehabilitation / Special Education
- Low vision
- Program Development training for children affected/ infected HIV/AIDS
- Master Class 1 and 2 Montessori– Based Dementia Programming
Lauren - Client Relations Manager
Lauren has spent over a decade in Early Childhood, holding her Diploma of Children’s Services and also has extensive admin experience.
Lauren has always held a strong passion for working with children, especially children requiring additional support. Her son was diagnosed with autism and a global delay and this role combines the perfect combination of her skills and passion going forward.
Keen to follow a professional career in therapy, Lauren would hopefully like to become a play therapist in the near future.
- Person and Family Centred
Your Child’s Therapy Starts Here
Our clinic is located at:
18 Fennell St
Our operating hours are:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm