Tricia is an engaging, knowledgeable, and compassionate Occupational Therapist who believes that mealtimes should be able to be enjoyed by the whole family. Tricia creates a therapeutic environment to allow growth and change during mealtimes. She provides a safe space for parents to recognize how hard they work to support their children and to provide insight into why mealtimes are not always successful. Tricia is able to develop individual, family oriented goals and treatment plans using evidenced based strategies.
Tricia trained in the United States where she graduated from East Carolina University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has over 20 years’ experience working with children and families and has been trained in the SOS approach to feeding disorders.
Tricia in a member of OT Australia. She is certified through National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy in the United States. She is also registered with AHPRA, Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, (registration number OCC0001760184).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Tricia has over 20 years of experience in paediatric Occupational Therapy; she has previously worked in Neonatal Intensive Care, Paediatric Intensive Care, general hospital units, private practice, schools, preschools and home based treatment settings. Tricia has extensive skills and experience working with children with special needs and learning difficulties, including specialised training in TAMO handling techniques, SOS feeding, sensory integration, therapeutic listening and DIR/Floortime. Tricia has always had a passion for working with children who have difficulties with eating and their families. She believes that meal times are a collaborative effort where parents and children can learn to work together to achieve success.
Tricia has presented to families and other professionals on how to reduce the stress of meal times, how to help develop oral motor skills, and how to increase the variety of foods included in dietary intake. She has also previously held a position as the oral motor coordinator at a clinic in Boston, where she provided mentoring to the staff across a range of issues relating to the assessment and treatment of feeding difficulties. Tricia regularly collaborates with professionals from other disciplines to stay up to date with the latest research in effective interventions for feeding difficulties and mentors professionals across the globe to support families in achieving effective outcomes.
Tricia is committed to providing the best possible treatment; she incorporates principles from the SOS feeding approach in her interventions to facilitate effective change in eating behaviour. This model involves the whole family in implementing activities at home to help decrease the anxiety and stress that families often experience when they have children who don’t find eating and easy and enjoyable task. Tricia believes that eating should be enjoyable for all family members and if there is heightened stress three to six times a day around mealtime, then she can help to reduce this stress and create fun and relaxed meal times for every member of the family.