Supporting WA Occupational Therapists Working With Children

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Date: Tuesday, 7th December, 2021
Time: 6.30pm
Topic: Dog Assisted Therapy and Autism Assistance Dog Programs
Presented by: Nat O’Neill, Kites Therapy 

Details: Nat O’Neill graduated in 2004 and has spent many years as a senior OT in the community rehab setting. in 2009, she discovered an organisation called Animal Companions, who were bringing dogs to visit patients at SCGH. Nat signed herself up, and spent many years volunteering with her own pet dog. Having chosen to study OT because of a want to work with children, when the opportunity came up to work with therapy dogs in a paediatric setting she jumped at it. 

Kites therapy provides centre based Dog Assisted Therapy with their OTs and Autism Assistance Dogs to work with children and families out in the community. They are linked with the expert dog trainers at Guide Dogs WA, and provide unique and creative ways for children to achieve their therapy goals with the help of their four legged friends.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Kites Dog Assisted Therapy program and the Kites Autism Assistance Dog program. It will cover Nat O’Neill’s role as an OT, families who may benefit, eligibility criteria, how to refer and some practical examples of what sessions actually look like. 

Zoom Details: TBA

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Professional Development 2022

DOT(WA) is planning ahead for 2022, and we’d love to hear from you about what professional development you’d most like to have, and what you think would be most helpful. 

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DOT(WA) Executive Committee

The DOT(WA) Exec are looking for two members to join our committee in the roles of Mentorship and Research.

Mentorship: This entails running our Mentor Connect program.

Research: This position aims to encourage members to engage in research, utilise best practice and aims to make research exciting. You will also coordinate the Clinical Project Grants as necessary.

Both roles only entail up to a few hours per month.