Shine Kids Therapy Clinic is a team of experienced and dedicated Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Therapy Assistants, and Clinic Administrators.

Our exceptional team are here to help you with all aspects of your child’s development, family life, and any of life challenges. Our professional team work closely together to meet your child’s goals and to promote positive changes in your family’s lives.

 Our Psychologists

Jenny Farrell

Jenny has a Master of Child and Educational Psychology and worked as a Psychologist for over 20 years. She is also the Director at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic. Jenny has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families conducting educational assessments, providing counselling, supportive parenting, and group programs. She has worked in school and community settings as well as many years in private practice.

Jenny works with children with ASD, developmental delays or gifted, anxiety, emotional and behavioural regulation difficulties, and social development. Jenny has additional training in challenging behaviours and works with families from the Thoughtful Parenting and Collaborative Parenting frameworks.

Jenny is also a qualified Sandtray therapist and had additional training in relaxation therapy, art and play therapy, and is passionate about helping children and their families live more connected and meaningful lives.

Jenny completes educational/cognitive assessments, ASD assessments, individual counselling, behavioural and emotional development, as well as parenting support and strategies. Jenny also visit schools, kindergarten, and childcare centers to further support children’s development and their families.

Jenny operates the Secret Agent Society program, Peaceful Kids program, Bringing Up Great Kids Program, and the school readiness programs at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic.

 

Our Occupational Therapists

Sophia Thomas

Sophia has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Sophia has lots of experience working with children with developmental delays and intellectual disabilities. Sophia works with children and families in all areas of sensory processing, emotional regulation, self-care independence, and fine and gross motor skills. Sophia has additional training in SOS Fussy Eaters Program, sleeping and toileting programs. Sophia also conducts functional assessments for funding applications and assessments for fine and gross motor development, including dysgraphia.

Sophia will be providing individual and group based therapy at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic, including holiday programs, social skills groups,  school readiness, and science club groups. Sophia runs a modified Zone of Regulations Program for children with intellectual disabilities. Sophia is available Fridays and Saturdays at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic.

 

Tak Wai Lai

Tak has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). She has loads of experience working with children with Autism, ADHD, and challenging behaviours. Tak works with children and families in all areas of sensory processing, emotional and behavioural regulation, self-care independence, and fine and gross motor skills.  Tak also conducts functional assessments for funding applications and assessments for fine and gross motor skills, including dysgraphia.

Tak will be providing individual and group based therapy at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic, including holiday programs, social skills groups,  school readiness, and science club groups. Tak is available Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic.

Tak is bilingual and speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese. 

Our Speech Pathologists

Natasha McVicar

Natasha has a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She enjoys working with preschool and school-aged children with a range of speech and language difficulties. 

Natasha has experience in delivering individual and small group programs to target areas such as communication, play, literacy, swallowing/ mealtime, speech and language development. She is trained in the Augmented Communication devices. She is passionate about collaborating with individuals and their families to develop individualised programs to maximise their potential. As well as a range of individual therapies, Natasha operates the Lego-Based Therapy groups, Social Skills and School readiness Program groups  at Shine Kids Therapy Clinic.  Natasha is available Tuesday through to Saturday.

 

Our Clinic Admin Team

Kathryn Griggs

Kathryn (commonly known as Kat) is our enthusiastic, well-organized, office manager who answers your phone calls, emails, and makes your appointments with a smile! If you have any questions, just ask Kat.  She is also our toy repairer, puppy trainer, and general can-do fix it person. 

If you are wishing to make an appointment, provide information or wish to chat about dogs for a few hours, Kat is the best person to speak with.

 

Therapy Dog in Training
Stella

Stella is our dog IN therapy!  At the moment, Stella is a little challenged and we have diagnosed her with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) due to her refusal to comply with any instruction unless it is her own idea. Stella is currently on sabbatical from the clinic and is due to return in the near future.