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Thomas Ely

Thomas graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2011.  Thomas has been actively involved in therapy services in a range of different domains, including clinic, home, school settings and facilitating group programs at the Gabrielle Centre for Children, including; Nature Ninjas and OT Explorers, as well as Camp Jabiru and Beyond Jabiru. Thomas is passionate about a whole family approach that tailors to each individual and family independently. Thomas has been personally responsible for working with children with various challenges such as physical disabilities, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, FASD and global developmental delay. 

Tom's Story

Thomas is highly dedicated to furthering his education and has completed the following courses:

  • Therapeutic Listening®: “Listening with the Whole Body” course presented by Lynette Burke. 

  • “Sensory Defensiveness” course presented by Patricia Wilbarger and Tracy Stackhouse. 

  • “M.O.R.E. - Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions”, presented by Patricia Oetter and Eileen Richter. 

  • Sensory Integration: The essentials to understanding the theory, neuroscience and research, presented by Tracy Stackhouse.

  • “Focus on Treatment” workshop, presented by Sheila Frick. 

  • A Treatment Intensive with Patti Oetter. 

  • “Social Thinking” – Social thinking across the home and school day, Informal dynamic social thinking assessment and core treatment strategies for home and school, presented by Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke. 

  • Sensory Approach to Arousal Regulation and Developmental Trauma, Presented by Sheila Frick. 

  • A View from the Floor (DIR/Floortime Training) By Beth Osten & Chithra Kathiresan. 

  • The Traffic Jam in My Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences, presented by Genevieve Jereb. 

  • “Current Concepts in Neurodevelopmental Treatment” presented by Lezlie Adler. 

  • “NDT From Head To Toe” presented by Lezlie Adler and Kate Bain. 

  • “Clinical Reasoning and treatment planning for Praxis” under Dr Teresa A. May-Benson. 

  • “Sensory Integration: The essentials to understanding the theory, neuroscience and research” under Professor Anita Bundy and Professor Shelly Lane. 

  • Clinical Dialogues with Mary Kawar: Increased knowledge base regarding vestibular system; look for more readings that can support understanding of relevant neuroscience. 

  • Clinical consultation with Sheila Frick: Further understanding of the development of postural control. 

  • 5-Day Treatment Course presented by Sheila Frick, OTR: Improved understanding of the interaction between arousal, motor/postural control, and emotional regulation. Assessment, and identification of gaps in a child’s function as well as, application of strategies. 

  • Bone Conduction from the inside out, presented by Sheila Frick.

  • Shifting Gears: Sound and Movement strategies for Sensory Processing Dysfunction, presented by Sheila Frick. 

  • Profectum conference ‘The Power of Play’ 2019 California, USA

  • Decoding Autism - From understanding neurobiology to choosing intervention strategies presented by Kim Barthel, OTR 2019

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