Sparra Designs and Inside Out OT

We have hatched a new collaboration with the very clever and creative Jane from Sparra Designs.  We now stock and sell their unique therapy products – Weighted Lap Mats (small and large) and the fantastic Twiddle Tool.

The weighted lap mats comes in two sizes – small 1.5kg (blue) and large 2kg (red).

Environmentally friendly, they are filled with small pebbles rather than poly pellets or other plastics. Easy to wash with care instructions included.

The Twiddle Tool is a fabulous tactile fidget and less visually distracting than other fidgets – supporting attention and calmness for children and adults alike. Pushing a marble through a track while listening and looking at the teacher is a great combination to support whole-body listening skills. Great for children who need to move and fiddle when they listen.

Drop into our clinics to see the full range!


Offering different dolphin and sport designs and in a variety of colours, these clever tools promote appropriate wrist extension and pencil grasp to support the development of writing skills, suitable for both left and right-handers.  We recommend you purchase two for your child-one to keep at school and the other for home.  They are $7.50 each.


These clever cards (designed by our Senior OT Lisa A) are a quick and easy way to get your child moving and having fun!  With 15 different animal walks, these cards are great for developing body and hand strength, supporting shoulder and wrist stability and improving bilateral integration, fine and gross motor skills.  They also promote the following of directions and motor planning skills. A set of cards cost $11.


Another creation designed by Lisa A, these breathing cards are a great addition to every child’s calming toolbox.  Each card has a different visual prompt (such as candle breathing pictured) to remind our children to take slow, deep breaths…

Tip: Great to store in the car and practice together as a family.

A set of cards cost $11.


We are thrilled to be stocking Theraputty. We have decided to offer a range of strengths, from extra soft to firm. These little tubs are an invaluable asset to our children – building hand strength in fun way is key. Plus, squeezing, holding, rolling and stretching Theraputty can help children stay in the “Just Right” zone, feeling good, concentrating and sticking with tasks for longer.

One tub is priced at $10 or get the complete set for $30. Available from the Manning Clinic.

Limited stocks, get in quick while it lasts.

Invoice Payments

Tricky Finding Time to Pay Your Invoices?

We now have the ability to take credit card payments from you over the phone via our secure eWay payment platform. If you would like to arrange for a payment to be taken from your credit card following each session, please call reception on 0423 673 909 or speak with your therapist directly.

Term 3 Competition Winners

Thank you to all the children who submitted their drawings reflecting on “What makes me feel happy and calm” All entries were wonderful and a lovely way for our children to reflect on the work they are doing in sessions.  A big congratulation to our winners for each age group – we hope you enjoyed going to the movies with your Hoyts vouchers!


Can’t make it to the clinic? Think Telehealth…

Inside Out OT is an accredited provider for Telehealth services under Medicare. For families who live further than 15kms from our clinic and already referred under a mental health plan, we can arrange to deliver our therapy session (perfect for assessment feedback sessions) to parents and schools, via teleconferencing. The rebate is the same as a clinic visit which is such a bonus for families and increases access to these important services. Speak with your therapist about this option.

Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with Disability

Inside Out is proud to announce that we have been selected for membership of the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start for Children with Disability Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. We are excited to be able to offer an additional early intervention care and funding arrangements to new and existing families.   Inside Out is also an accredited provider to the National Disability Insurance Scheme – a funding model that is currently rolling out across Western Australia this year and into 2020. These programs help to make OT more affordable and accessible for eligible clients and families.

For further information please click on this link:


Inside Out Occupational Therapy School Partners

Melville Primary School

It’s a wrap! We have completed our screenings for 2018 and look forward to planning for 2019. This school has opened its doors to our therapy team and has facilitated on-site therapy for some of its students, reducing the disruption sometimes caused when traveling to sessions during the day. As an added bonus, our therapists can speak with teachers and the mutual sharing around the child keeps therapy goals on track.


Roleystone Community College

We continue to provide both Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy two days per week at this beautiful school. Lisa Adeney trains 10 Occupational Therapy students each year, contributing to the undergraduate development of school-based Occupational Therapy skills. The school’s Principal, Mark Brookes, strongly values the connection between education and health, and as such has secured funding to build two purpose build demountable buildings for the provision of specialised therapy at the school. Wow – what an amazing school this is!

Book Review Time

We know everyone can struggle to find time to read books from cover to cover, so here is a summary for you (brought to you by Virginia!) of a great read for all parents.

 ‘Keeping Your Child in Mind’ by Claudia M, Gold, MD is the kind of book that addresses various issues of childhood, explains why the problem is occurring, then gives practical advice of what to do.  I have just read it for the second time to be able to better help parents whose children have behavioural problems.

OTs talk about ‘Attachment’, ‘Circle of Security’ and ‘Regulation of Emotions’.  This book is about all of these, but in layman’s terms.  It allows the reader to hear the same messages in a different and very accessible format.

This example is from the ‘Manging Sleep’ chapter.  “Managing sleep is one of the greatest challenges of being a parent…… it represents the first major separation for both parent and baby.”  Gold describes the process of ‘holding your child in mind’ (thinking about the situation from the child’s perspective) and offering secure attachment as an underlying precursor to enable separation, allowing night-time separation.  The key to this is for the parent to be well-regulated emotionally, to feel calm and put aside their own anxiety – very difficult if sleep deprived, as we all know!  Early secure attachment is very important for the child’s identity and future relationships.

The mother’s ‘emotional availability and attentiveness’ to her baby are what help a child feel settled and secure, to be able to cope when his/her mother is not there. Children who have what is called ‘insecure attachment’ will often show angry, aggressive, clingy or demanding behaviour. Gold believes ‘The way a parent thinks about letting a child learn to sleep independently is very closely linked to her own early sense of security.’  It is therefore important to explore, as a parent, your own feelings in relation to attachment. If you are not anxious and know your child has a secure attachment to you, it will not hurt the child to cry before going to sleep.  Babies benefit from a soft toy they can hold, or can suck a thumb to self-soothe.  The temporary distress of the baby is a stepping stone to the long term goal of being able to fall asleep independently.  The ideal time to teach a baby to fall asleep independently is between 5 and 9 months, and the transitional object should be introduced before that – put with the baby every night and during naps.

A fabulous little book addressing all the childhood hurdles in a practical, easy to digest way.

By Virginia Arnott

OT Check-Ups before 2019

This is a very useful service for you to book into prior to your child starting the new school year. Our “OT Check Ups” for children in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 are a wonderful opportunity to have your child’s development screened by a trained Occupational Therapist in a relaxed and meaningful environment. Fine and gross motor, visual and auditory, written or pre-writing, attention, sensory, behaviour and emotional skills are all screened in a 40 minute consult. You are provided with an electronic screening report at the completion of the screen with advice on where to from here. If a child requires other supports, this is discussed and onward referral facilitated.

OT Check Ups provide peace of mind to parents and also serve as an excellent way to track progress over time, and communicate this with their teacher. This service is offered at Manning, Mosman Park and Murdoch (St John of God) clinics, and costs $90.

Welcome New Staff

Welcome Elise!

We continue to build our team with inspiring OTs. A very big welcome to Elise Barrymore who has recently joined us and is busy working across our Manning, Mosman Park and Murdoch Clinic sites. Elise comes to us with experience in private paediatrics and a special interest in school-aged Occupational Therapy. Elise is an accredited provider within the Focused Psychological Strategies Medicare scheme, as well as the Enhanced Primary Care, NDIS, Better Start and Helping Children with Autism funding models. Elise loves the Eagles and is still flying high from their win 🙂

To learn more about Elise and the Inside Out team, please check out the staff profiles on our website


New Support Worker Role Offered at Inside Out

We are extremely excited to now be offering Support Worker services to our families. This service is an option to families who may need additional hands-on support in their homes with their children, or to provide respite care. The focus is on helping families manage everyday routines and support parents and carers to get the help they need.

Grace is studying Occupational Therapy and is loved by the children she currently sees. Grace has a “can-do” attitude which means she can flexibly tailor her work to meet the needs of each family.

This service is funded through the NDIS, so we encourage families funded through this program to make enquiries about engaging additional support if required. We are also able to provide this Support Worker role to non-NDIS families, so if you are interested, please contact us on 0423 673 909 to discuss times and fees.

Contact may also be made via our contact form here:


Putting a Face to the Name (or the Voice!)

Michelle continues to work hard managing all of our bookings and payments. Michelle joined Inside Out in June 2018 and is based at our Manning Clinic.  She has two school aged children and spends her spare time volunteering at her children’s school, mostly in the classroom. Michelle has a passion in helping kids especially those who need extra support and compassion.




A very big welcome also to Dara, who has started with us more recently and will share the admin role. Dara is a talented Irish Dancer, holding numerous State, National and American titles and trains every day. She teaches dancing to children and has also studied Physiotherapy. We welcome Dara to our team!

Inside Out Professional Development

Our team has been busy attending various training courses and conferences this term, in line with our mission to stay fresh in our thinking and evidence-based in our approaches.
Here’s a snap shot of a few:


Beyond Working Memory – Executive Functions for Learning.

We all attended this conference that made its way to Perth last week. A line up of fantastic presenters excited us with their unique research, practical techniques and approaches. The headline speaker was Dr Joni Holmes – Senior Investigator Scientist at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. Joni’s presentation was about better understanding the 15% of our school population who are recognised as having special educational needs. Why do some children struggle to learn? Joni’s research into the various aspects of our memory systems helps to identify where children struggle most – their working memory.  This is the ability to hold onto information in the here and now, and manipulate it to answer questions and complete tasks. Thinking about how we can boost our children’s “mental workspaces” is central to good teaching and therapy.


Zero to Three’s: DC:0-5 ™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood Training.

Lisa Adeney recently attended this two day training looked at the three main diagnostic classification systems (ICD 10 and DSM V), and how the DC:0-5 multiaxial system looks further into infant and early childhood mental health to assist in case formulation- i.e. working out what is impacting on the child’s mental health. The DC: 0-5 system is the latest revision of Zero to Three’s diagnostic classification and assessment system. It is comprehensive and aims to look at all areas of the child’s life including their development, physical health, environment and relationships – essential for intervention and treatment planning.


When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters versus Problem Feeders: Assessment and Treatment using the SOS Approach to Feeding

Lisa Cooper and Kylin are delighted to have attended the recent 4-day workshop on the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.   Founder Dr Kay Toomey, PhD Paediatric Psychologist and Occupational Therapist Bethany Kortsha – travelled all the way from Colorado USA to share this nationally and internationally recognised program.  SOS is a transdisciplinary approach, designed to address the complexity of feeding problems using a whole-child approach.   It embraces a natural and graded approach in developing a child’s feeding skills and acknowledges the child’s ability to lead this.  Inside Out has a growing team of therapists accredited in the SOS Approach – providing assessment and treatment of infants and children with feeding difficulties and feeding disorders.  For more information on this program and whether it could assist your family, please call or send an email to:


Circle of Security Parenting Training

We continue to have our clinicians trained in in this valuable therapy approach, and Kylin has enjoyed this recent 4-day course.

A bit about the approach…

Circle of Security® aims at supporting and strengthening parent-child relationships by providing a clear map to reflect on our own needs as parents and to better understand and respond to our child’s emotional world. It helps parents identify strengths whilst making sense of difficult behaviours, emotional difficulties and relationship needs.

Underpinning the Circle of Security® approach is each child’s innate need to feel safe and secure – emotionally connected. And that a child’s behaviour is often driven by this need for emotional connection. The ‘circle’ encourages parents to support their child in exploration, welcome their coming back and being strong, available and kind – the hands on the circle. It is through “being with” our children in times of need and in all their feelings that sets their foundation for self-regulation. And it is through “good enough” parenting that our children are happier, healthier and more secure.

Groups, Groups and More Groups!

January the 7th 2019 marks the beginning of our enriching group therapy program at Manning Clinic. Spanned across the day, several groups will be held to target what we know our children need and what our families have asked for – friendship skills, self-regulation skills, thinking flexibly, boosting fine motor and handwriting skills, coordination and motor planning skills and functional activities of daily living (self-care and self-management/independence tasks). Using different therapy rooms for planned activities, these groups will focus on the fun factor whilst teaching and reinforcing valuable skills – the essence of Occupational Therapy.

Note below that your child is placed in the age range they will be in for 2019.

Group Days and Times
(commencing Monday the 7th January)
Kindy Kids Can Group

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Early handwriting development/pre-writing skills
  • Hand and finger strength
  • Scissor skills
  • Pencil grip
  • Introduction to emotional regulation and Zones of regulation
  • Social skills
  • Classroom expected behaviours
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-11am







Pre-Primary Power

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Scissor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Handwriting development: Letter formation, name, introduction to letter sizing, sequencing alphabet
  • Hand and finger strength
  • Pencil grip
  • Introduction to emotional regulation and Zones of regulation
  • Social skills
  • Classroom expected behaviours
Tuesdays and Thursdays,







Green Machines (Year 1s)

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Handwriting development: alphabet sequence, letter formation, simple sentences, introduction to recounts/stories
  • Pencil grip
  • Emotional regulation and Zones of regulation
  • Social skills
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11.30am-1.30pm






Cool Critters (Year 2s)

  • Fine motor precision skills & upper limb posture
  • Gross motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Handwriting development: recounts, opinion piece, letters, narratives
  • Handwriting endurance and legibility
  • Emotional regulation and Zones of regulation
  • Classroom expected behaviours
  • Confidence, coping skills and resilience
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11.30am-1.30pm







Flexible and Fabulous (Year 3 and 4s)

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Written expression skills: organizing and planning ideas for writing, self-editing skills
  • Handwriting endurance and legibility
  • Emotional regulation and Zones of regulation
  • Cognitive flexibility, being adaptable and solving social problems
  • Classroom expected behaviours
  • Confidence, coping skills and resilience
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm-4pm








Owning It, Nailing It (10-13yrs)

  • Organisation/planning skills for homework, assignments, routine
  • Note taking skills
  • Study skills
  • Essay writing, editing, developing expressive language skills
  • Social skills, problem solving/resilience
  • Emotional regulation and self-awareness
  • Relaxation skills
  • Expected behaviours in middle/secondary school
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm








Children do not have to be enrolled in every group each week, but parents can select and pre-pay for the groups that match their holiday timetables. Please call 0423 673 909 now to book, or alternatively hit this link to enquire online: