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Angela Ireland

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist 
“It’s so exciting to see the awe on children’s faces when they achieve something they’ve never tried before!! Whether it be through musical engagement, rhythmical movements, art and craft, singing or peaceful relaxation – we have fun doing it all. This is my dream job and I am holding onto with both hands and not letting go.” 

Qualifications and Experience 
Angela graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Angela has been supporting children, adolescents and their families and carers for a total of 10 years across varied environments. Angela is registered with the professional body for Occupational Therapy practice in Australia.  

Professional Interests 
Angela has completed the following professional courses: 

  • Zones of Regulation Program 
  • Strategies and support for Dysgraphia 
  • Strategies and support for hand-writing  
  • Sensory Processing Disorder 
  • Brain and Sensory Foundations – First Level 

Angela has delivered workshops to parents and other professionals relating to fine-motor development for children with special needs. Angela aims to branch out and help equip special needs support workers with the knowledge and tools they need by providing training and recommendations. 

Angela is passionate about reflex integration and rhythmical movements and how focused intervention could support your child across many different areas including emotional dys-regulation, attention and concentration, sensitivities, anxiety, mood swings, difficulty hand-writing and much more! Angela is currently completing further professional development in the Move, Play, Thrive integrated approach to reflexes.  

Creative Skills 
Angela loves using the piano as a tool to help cultivate wonder and expression for the people she supports, while also tuning into underlying needs of fine-motor skill development, posture and core strength, attention and concentration. 

When a child or adolescent comes to Angela wanting to sing, this brings great joy to Angela, as it is a strong passion of hers. Through singing in choirs, vocal and choral groups when she was young, to gigging in a number of duos throughout high school and university, Angela understands the benefits and challenges that singing brings, from stepping out of your comfort zone; to building confidence; to finding a platform to express your own personal hopes and dreams. Music and song really does speak to the heart and Angela feels that singing instructions or simple tunes really helps ground a child and support them to attend and achieve great things. 

Angela loves the opportunity to incorporate her love of piano and singing into her Occupational Therapy practice as well as her recent interest dabbling in guitar and ukulele. Angela also enjoys adding some flair to therapy sessions through art and craft, yoga and mindfulness, role-play and dance. Angela is at her happiest when she is interacting from a creative perspective at home with her two children or immersed in a therapy session with your child. Don’t miss out!