Our Staff

Narelle Hypatidis
Director of Macarthur Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Narelle has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and 30 years experience as an OT with the majority of this working in paediatrics in the Macarthur Area.

Narelle has experience with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorders, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental delays, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting skills, co-ordination skills, and sensory processing skills, Down syndrome, learning disabilities some behavioural issues such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and minor physical disabilities.

 

Narelle also has experience in developing individual therapy sessions, OT specific groups and transdisciplinary groups. 

Through her experience, Narelle utilises a family centred approach to intervention by working with parents to develop skills to enhance the child’s ability to manage within their environments, including home, community and preschool/school areas.

As a team we become the building blocks of success for each individual child and family.

Taighlor Jarrett

Taighlor has a Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy and joined our team in 2011 as a student in a variety of roles such as aide work, reception and administration. As an aide, she worked in school readiness groups and with siblings of clients during individual sessions. 

Taighlor has been working as an occupational therapist since 2013. She works with children of all ages on an individual and group basis in our rooms at Raby, as well as local schools and preschools.

She runs school readiness, handwriting, and social skills groups in our rooms; as well as fine motor and school readiness, and sensory processing groups in the community (run by council and other orgnisations). 

Taighlor focuses on a variety of areas, such as hand strength and coordination difficulties, sensory processing issues, learning difficulties, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome and ADHD. 

 

Taighlor firmly believes in a family centred approach – working with the family to set and achieve goals to help the child participate in meaningful activities in their day-to-day lives.

Taighlor is working hard to keep up to date with new research by attending seminars and courses, and being an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia. She has completed a number of courses, including The Action is in the Interaction: DIR Floortime, and SENSE-ational! Mealtimes: Making Sense of Tricky Mealtime Behaviour.

Tahlita Thomas

Tahlita is a registered Occupational Therapist and has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). She joined our team in 2014 and has experience working with children in a variety of settings. She has provided school-based therapy, completing fine and gross motor intervention with individuals, small groups and whole classes.

This facilitates improvements in the skills that allow children to function independently and at an age appropriate level. Through her experience she has been able to provide teacher and parent empowerment and involvement in areas focussed on improving engagement in each child’s environment – whether it be at school or at home.

Tahlita facilitates school readiness and handwriting groups as well as completing therapy with students at schools and pre-schools including involvement in council run programs.  

 

Tahlita also works with families to help them understand a child’s sensory needs and develop strategies to manage them on a daily basis in a number of settings. 

Tahlita thoroughly enjoys her work as an Occupational Therapist and the limitless ways we can assist your child be the best they can be in a variety of areas as well ensuring a family centred approach is maintained and goals are achieved. 

Tahlita is continually increasing her professional development by attending conferences, seminars and involvement within the profession as an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia; ensuring she is up to date with current research in the field.

Jo-Ann Ye Min Lim

Jo-Ann has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and is a registered Occupational Therapist. She joined our team in 2016 and is equipped to work in different settings - at the centre, at school, and at the child’s home. 

 

Jo-Ann leads a variety of therapy groups both at the centre and in the community. These include school readiness, fine motor, and social skills. 

 

Jo-Ann values the importance of working alongside parents to assist their child to meet their developmental goals. She strives to support the child’s ability to independently attend to their daily activities. 

 

Jo-Ann works with children and their families focussing on a variety of areas such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perception, sensory regulation, and emotional regulation.


Jo-Ann believes in the value of collaboration with the different health professionals involved with the child to ensure the best individualised therapy program is implemented. 

 

Jo-Ann is active in ensuring she is updated on current scientifically-validated research in order to improve her abilities as an OT. She achieves this by attending webinars, workshops, and reviewing professional publications.

Erica Farrugia

Erica has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and graduated in 2012. Erica has always had a passion for working with children in which she worked as a Teacher’s Aide in a local primary school throughout her studies.

Erica recently joined our practice in January 2018 after spending the previous 4 years conducting school based intervention to upskill Teachers and school staff as well as working with individual clients, promoting family-centred practice. 

Erica has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), learning difficulties, handwriting difficulties, visual perceptual difficulties, poor fine and gross motor skills as well as children who have difficulty with sensory processing. 

Erica is also a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and is always looking at ways to enhance her professional development. Erica has completed a number of courses including Handwriting Without Tears (HWT), Introduction to Clinical Supervision, Integrated Listening Systems, Essentials of Praxis Intervention and Traffic Jam in my Brain as well as attending various webinars and keeping up to date with the most current research to ensure she implements evidence-based practice.

Joshua Caulfield

Joshua has a Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy and is a registered Occupational Therapist. He joined our team in 2015 as a student to work as an aide to assist in our school readiness groups and with individual clients. Additionally, he worked within reception and administration roles. 

 

Joshua has been working as an occupational therapist since 2017. He works with children of all ages for individual and group sessions in our rooms at Raby and in the community.

 

Joshua strives to uphold family centred practice as the basis to his therapy to establish family driven goals and help support children to independently participate in their daily activities.

 

Joshua works with children and their families focussing on a variety of areas such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perception, sensory regulation, and emotional regulation.

 

Joshua looks to continually improve and increase his professional development as an OT. He attends conferences, seminars and ensures he is up to date with research as an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Dalal Mansour

Dalal has a Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy and is a registered Occupational Therapist. She worked as a part of the team in 2017 as a student before officially coming on board in 2018 as a permanent staff member. Dalal has always had a passion for working with children and has previously worked as an Assisted School Travel Support Officer.

 

Dalal comes from a large family which gives her the passion to strives to uphold family centered practice as the basis to her therapy.  Establishing family driven goals and helping to support children to independently participate in their daily activities is a key focus in her therapy.

 

Dalal works with children of all ages for individual and group sessions in our rooms at Raby and in the community. Dalal works with children and their families focusing on a variety of areas such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perception, sensory regulation, and emotional regulation.

 

Dalal looks to continually improve and increase her professional development as an OT. She attends conferences, seminars, completes online courses and ensures she is up to date with research as an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Tegan Dobson

Tegan has a Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy and is a registered Occupational Therapist. She joined the team in 2018. 

Tegan is passionate about ensuring that her therapy helps kids reach their potential by providing them the support to build their skills and knowledge. For this to happen, Tegan is conscious to work closely with families, providing education so that they can best assist their child with their learning and development. 

Tegan works with children of all ages, not just the clinic but also at their schools and at their home. Tegan commonly assists kids with their fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perception, self-care tasks, sensory regulation, and emotional regulation.

Tegan keeps up to date with the latest research and undertakes consistent professional development to ensure she is providing all of her clients with the best possible therapy and outcomes.

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