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Kate Hoad

Director and Senior Occupational Therapist

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About

Kate’s interest in Paediatric OT stems from her own experiences as a child attending the therapies of her older brother. She now has over 15 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist, since graduating with first class Honours from LaTrobe University, Melbourne. 

Having grown up in Brisbane, Kate couldn’t wait to get back to where the weather was warmer, and started her career working with children and families of children with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental conditions. 

Throughout her career Kate has worked in government and non-government organisations, and developed a keen interest in Assistive Technology to help make life easier, as well as in particular areas of Paediatrics, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Picky Eating and Problem Feeding, and toileting. Kate has presented Continuing Professional Development for carers, other health professionals, and Teachers on topics including Home Modification, Car Modification, Switching and Environmental Control Units, Child Development, Sensory Processing and the Zones of Regulation and Alert Programs. Kate started Outcomes Therapy in 2016, to ensure there was another option for parents on the North Side of Brisbane, to receive individualised and compassionate therapy support, in the environments that suited their child’s and family’s needs. 

In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time with her growing boys, sewing and keeping active.

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Key Areas Attended

The Developmental, Individual Difference

Relationship based model (DIR Floortime)

Autism Diagnostic Assessment Schedule Training and Certification (ADOS)

SOS Approach to Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders, Kay Toomey and Erin Ross

What to do with Wees and Poos. Behavioural Management for Encopresis and Nocturnal Enuresis in Children

Bobath Approach to the Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Assessment of Motor and Processing Skills certification (AMPS)

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Speech Therapy

Ongoing Professional Development

  • Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach, Patricia Wilbarger and Tracy Stackhouse

  • M.O.R.E. Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions, Patti Oetter and Eileen Richter

  • Baileys Scales of Infant Development Assessment Training, Monica Cuskelly

  • Assessing Sensory Integration in Children, University of Sydney

  • Sensory Processing and Self Regulation: Considerations for Best Practice and Sensitive Parenting, by Gillian Fowler

  • Play Theory and Practice – Anita Bundy

  • Paediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Workshops

  • Learn to Play – Karen Stagnetti

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Workshop

  • Key Work Sign (Makaton) Training

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