Laura Ponton, Occupational Therapist
A summary of Laura’s qualifications and experience:
Laura completed her degree in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University, Perth. After completing her degree she worked in a school in Cambodia where she implemented a school based OT programme for children with a variety of disabilities. Laura has since completed her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certificate and worked in a role with preschool and school aged children to assist children and their families to achieve a range of behavioural and learning goals. She has had the privilege of working with children with autism and a variety of other diagnoses. Laura has experience working in educational based settings implementing programmes and individualised therapy alongside teachers and other health professionals. Since joining us at Skillbuilders Laura has completed additional training in areas such as Dyspraxia/DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder), Cerebral Palsy and movement-based therapy, and management of toileting and sleep issues for children.
Laura’s special interest’s and passions:
Laura has a strong interest in working with children and animals alike, being involved in equine therapy volunteer programmes (hippotherapy) with children in Perth. Laura loves the diversity that working with children as an Occupational Therapist can bring from day to day. She especially enjoys physical activity and loves helping children reach their movement and strength-based goals through gym-based activities, exercise and play.
Reason for loving what you do:
I love working with children as every child has such a unique personality, this makes therapy so enjoyable and individualised. I love seeing children develop confidence and skills in different aspects of their lives and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of that growth. It is truly special to be able to support and work alongside families to create a therapy programme that is tailored just to their child’s goals.