Laura has been working within the field of Specialist Behaviour Support for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science obtained at the University of Adelaide, as well as a Master in Education (Special Education) majoring in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Flinders University. Laura’s main interests within the field include Functional Communication Training, development of Positive Behaviour Support plans and providing support within an educational setting. The best part about her role is getting to share in the wins (big and small) with families and seeing the positive outcomes Behaviour Support can provide.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Emsie has worked as an Occupational therapist specialising in Paediatrics for over 27 years. She has extensive experience in managing sensory integration and processing, sleeping, toileting, behavioural issues, self-regulation, gross and fine motor skills. Emsie has worked in Australia, Ireland and South Africa and enjoys seeing children develop to their full potential.
Senior Speech Pathologist
Caitlyn is a Speech Pathologist who graduated with a Masters of Speech Pathology in 2014. Since then she has worked with children in community health, private practice, not for profit, and government based roles. Previous areas of experience have included early language development, stuttering, dyslexia, speech sound delays, social skills, and augmentative and alternative communication such as PODD and Proloquo2go. Caitlyn enjoys working with children and young people and is excited to be part of the Hessel Group team.
Provisional Psychologist / Support Coordinator / Behaviour Specialist
Nick has worked in community health for a number of years, providing counselling and therapeutic interventions to individuals and groups. He has supported clients with a range of conditions and complex presentations, and his treatment approach includes cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive remediation.
Nick is most passionate about helping people achieve their goals and other positive changes that improve their overall quality of life.
Developmental Educator / Social Worker / Behaviour Specialist
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education and a Masters of Social Work through the Flinders University, SA. Catherine has extensive experience having worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including grief and loss counselling, mental health and as a Behavioral Specialist focusing on adults and children with a disability diagnosis and their families. Catherine utilises cognitive behavioral, behavioral modification, mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness in her work with her clients. Catherine emphasizes an integrative, dynamic and holistic approach and remains passionate about disability rights, equality of access and opportunities for all individuals to reach their fullest potential.
Davor is working towards his Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. He is dedicated to a coordinated approach in the provision of individual therapy for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities and providing not only the children but families the care and support they deserve. Davor aims to benefit children by helping them overcome learning difficulties, challenges with communication and social interactions. Davor strongly believes in the importance of Early Intervention Behavioural Support and applying the evidence-based approach to support young children in reaching their full and most importantly reachable potential.
Leigh began his career in disability support over 10 years ago, facilitating swimming programs for students with disabilities. From there, his interest and passion for inclusive education rapidly grew and led him to work at a primary school as an Education Support Officer, assisting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and Intellectual Disabilities.
Seeking an avenue to expand his knowledge and skill set, he then discovered the brilliant world of Applied Behaviour Analysis and began his Registered Behaviour Technician Training. He has now been involved in Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention for almost 2 years and has loved every moment of it.
He especially enjoys teaching new skills in fun, play-based learning environments and drawing on his experiences in school settings to support children in their kindergarten to school transitions. Leigh loves being beside the families he works with as they celebrate achieving their goals and reaching important developmental milestones and looks forward to a future of continued learning and success in the field of Behaviour Support.
Sarah holds a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia. Sarah has experience working with people from a range of diversities across both the private and non-for profit sectors and has a passion for supporting her clients to identify and build upon their strengths; whilst developing functional daily living skills. Sarah enjoys meeting new people and supporting them in a collaborative way to achieve their goals.
Behaviour Specialist / Social Worker / Support Coordinator
Olga holds a Bachelor of Social Work through the University of South Australia and is a Certified Life Coach. With extensive experience working with a diverse range of people in non government and private sectors, she brings a wealth of expertise in behavior therapy. Olga’s main interests within this field include the development of Positive Behaviour Support plans with an educational focus; while supporting both the individual and their families.
With her clients, Olga works within a holistic framework and incorporates techniques such as mindfulness, behaviour modification, and emotional regulation amongst others; in order for individuals to reach their full potential and in turn, bring about positive behavior.