Meet the Team
Director/ Occupational Therapist
Graduating in 2000, Amanda has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist for the major childrens’ hospitals in Melbourne, Sydney and London. During this time she has been lucky enough to work beside leading neurodevelopmental medical consultants, and is now able to bring a range of approaches to her work with children. Amanda started Leapfrog Therapy Services in 2007.
Her specialist experience assessing and working with children with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities resulted in a high demand for services and a team grew from there. Amanda has worked extensively in schools and feels passionate about providing training for teachers and parents in the area of inclusion and the importance of early intervention. She uses a functional approach based on the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) where appropriate, as well as integretating zones of regulation and social thinking frameworks into her therapy. For the last 12 years she has been working with Independent Schools Victoria to help identify and support students with special needs. She also provides Professional Training for teachers in schools across Victoria.
Amanda currently runs the Sydney clinic, and commutes back to Melbourne on a regular basis. When not managing Leapfrog Therapy Amanda can be found with her 3 young children… who keep her very busy!
Sarah has been consulting with Leapfrog Therapy for the past 11 years. She finished a Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland in 1992. Her experience spans a diverse range of environments
from hospital-based settings in rural Queensland to interdisciplinary teamwork in Boston, United States. She has provided paediatric services to children in Melbourne for the past 19 years. Sarah enjoys the challenge of working with children of all ages, from infants and toddlers to school-age. Her professional knowledge is grounded in her experience within public school systems in the USA, in addition to Yooralla School Outreach and Illoura Early Intervention Services in Melbourne.
Sarah specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers and related developmental disabilities. She has been trained by Sensory Integration International (USA), and in the SCERTS Model (www.scerts.com) to work with children with autism—-two strategic approaches that strengthen her passion for improving the daily life of children with ASD through self regulation, independence and the development of personal responsibility.
Sarah looks forward to working with all referred children and their families in a fun, goal-based approach.
Karin has been consulting with Leapfrog Therapy for the past 8 years. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1985 and has worked with children for the past 33 years. She had her own practice in South Africa, based at a Catholic boy’s school and a remedial center. After migrating to Australia in 1999 she started a successful practice in Sydney in association with a Speech pathologist.
When her husband was transferred to Melbourne in 2012, she joined Leapfrog Therapy Services. Karin has experience working with children with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities. Her special interests are handwriting and fine motor skills. In 2009 she published a handwriting program for children between the ages of 5 and 7. Her handwriting program was researched by an honors student with the research paper being published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Karin strives to make the therapy process meaningful for all involved with the child. She works in both school and home settings providing home programs and school based programs.
Tameka has been consulting with Leapfrog Therapy for the last 10 years. She graduated in 1998 from LaTrobe University, Melbourne and has since worked in Melbourne, Perth and the UK. Her experiences with paediatrics range from toddlers to 18 year olds, and within settings such as a Specialist school (physical disability), Special school (range of diagnoses), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, an orphanage in India and private practice.
Tameka enjoys getting to know each child and finding a way to work with them, their family and educators to meet their needs and goals. She works in various settings and with a collaborative approach to therapy to help kids enjoy their therapy as they learn.
Luci has been consulting with Leapfrog Therapy since 2013. For the past 10 years she has worked across a broad range of settings in Melbourne and the UK. Luci is passionate about supporting children and their families in achieving their functional goals, whether it be in the area of self-care, motor skill development, handwriting, sensory processing, social and emotional regulation or play skills.
Luci has a particular interest in supporting children with coordination and motor planning difficulties. She is experienced in using the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach in therapy, which uses joint problem solving to enable children to master their functional goals.
Luci enjoys working collaboratively with parents and staff and believes that providing therapy within the child’s natural environment; in the home, school or kindergarten setting is key to achieving the child and families goals.
We were lucky to have Renee join our team of consultants in 2018! She has worked in paediatrics since graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 1999. Renee has worked in a range of settings across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom including private practice, child development centres, early intervention services and specialist schools. Renee has a passion for family centred therapy and is dedicated to ensuring treatment sessions are fun and engaging, while challenging children to meet their goals.
Renee has experience working with children with a range of functional difficulties and a special interest in helping children to manage their sensory issues and the expectations in different environments. She loves to share her knowledge with others, through education and strategies provided to teachers and parents within treatment sessions, and also through larger more formal teaching sessions to professionals and parents. Renee works collaboratively with children and their families in their natural settings (home, school or kindergarten), to help foster independence and confidence.
Sally began consulting with Leapfrog in 2019. She finished her undergraduate degree at Latrobe University in 2010 and since then has worked in a variety of settings, including hospital, rehab and community settings providing therapy to both adults and children including adolescents. She has worked solely with children since 2014. Sally has worked with children with a variety of conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Downs’ Syndrome, and children with issues with behaviour and self-regulation.
Sally has trained in the PRPP (Perceive, Recall, Plan Perform) System of Task Analysis, The CO-OP approach and is registered as a certified CO-OP therapist, she also has experience with self-regulation and sensory integration, she is trained in using the Alert Program and has used the Zones and Social Thinking programs. Sally is interested in using and assessing children’s play skills and is also trained in using Hanen Strategies to SPARK ® communication. Sally is interested in sensory processing and using sensory strategies and approaches.
Sally loves to be creative in her therapy approaches and is interested in making therapy experiences for children novel and fun. Sally enjoys working with children from all ages and stages, and enjoys working with children in their own environments at kinder or school and home. Sally is interested in identifying children’s barriers to participating in everyday activities and she collaborates with teachers and parents to achieve the best outcomes.
Sally loves sport and being active and competes in canoeing in her spare time.
Leapfrog Practice Managers
These clever ladies job share this position, and together manage the day to day running of Leapfrog Therapy.
Sarah joined our team in 2015 and has been an integral support to families and our therapists ever since! Together with Julie she manages all of the new referrals, administration and keeps on top of the accounts.
Sarah has a long history of office management both in healthcare and other industries. She enjoys helping families navigate their way through the healthcare maze which can be complicated at times.
When she is not working Sarah is busy chasing around her gorgeous young family!
We were lucky to have Julie join our Practice Management team in 2017. She has a background in accounting and business improvement practices where she worked in the retail and marketing client services industries for over 25 years.
Julie loves speaking to, and helping new and existing clients with all non clinical queries. She gains satisfaction when assisting families in getting access to Leapfrog’s wonderful therapists
When not working Julie is busy taking care of two active teenage sons, enjoys watching her boys play their chosen sports on weekends, and loves to travel with the family.