Simone Vella (Director/Head Therapist)
Simone is a passionate therapist who loves working with children. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Western Sydney. She followed her passion into paediatric occupational therapy after gaining years of experience working with children of varying abilities. Simone enjoys working collaboratively with teachers and parents in order to ensure that children reach their goals, and takes a child-centred approach to therapy. Simone loves to use each child’s unique interests to build a fun therapy environment. She is actively involved in educating teachers and schools on autism spectrum disorders. She is registered with Medicare Australia and is a member of the NSW branch of OT Australia. She has also completed training in DIR Floortime, Sensory Processing, Maketon Signing, and Auditory Processing Therapy.
Astrud Craig (Senior OT/Team Lead)
Astrud began her OT journey in 2010 overseas and has developed her career in Paediatrics ever since. She is committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based services to individuals and their family.
Astrud has been trained in DIR®Floortime, Sensory Integration, and Therapeutic Listening to name a few. She holds a strong interest in discovering what is meaningful to a child and using this to support them with reaching their goals. Astrud is passionate about collaborating with a child’s family, caregivers, teachers, and other supports to ensure a holistic approach in therapy.
Starting January 2020, Astrud will be taking a break from her clinical role as she focuses more towards leading the team and developing awesome programs and procedures for Leaps and Bounds.
Corina Hummelstad (Paediatric Occupational Therapist)
Corina is a compassionate and motivated Occupational Therapist, driven to support children and families to reach their potential in fun and creative ways. Corina graduated from Australian Catholic University and has had experience providing therapy for children within a Private hospital setting and out in the community. Corina has a strong passion for creating engaging and meaningful interventions and solutions for children and their families. She is focused on ensuring all children meet their goals in the most creative and interactive way. She is passionate about empowering children and their families to achieve their therapy goals. Corina is committed to professional development and is an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia. Corina is certified in assessment and intervention for children and DIR®Floortime approach. She is passionate about participating in ongoing professional development to further build her skills and knowledge to stay up-to-date with the most evidence-based practice. Corina has an interest in working with children who have sensory processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays and handwriting difficulties.
Stephanie Collins (Paediatric Occupational Therapist)
Stephanie is a registered occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy) with a background in Psychology. She is passionate about working with children using a child-centred, strengths-focused approach to help children climb up the developmental ladder and move towards maximising their unique potentials and achieving their goals. She has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing difficulties, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and developmental delays in fine motor skills, gross motor skills and difficulties in handwriting.
Stephanie believes in approaching therapy from a bottom-up approach; to meet the child at their level to build on the required foundational skills and working upwards in order to build on their life skills, academics and independence in day to day life. She understands that every child and family is unique and so would tailor her sessions to what is most suited to the child. Stephanie is continuously working on increasing her professional development by attending workshops and webinars as an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia, in order to ensure that she is up to date with current research for evidence-based practice.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, going to the gym, doing digital art and teaching her dog, Max, new tricks.
Nadine Salama (Paediatric Occupational Therapist)
Danielle De Biasi (Paediatric Occupational Therapist)
Tamara Parnell (Paediatric Occupational Therapist)
Angela Ridgewell (Administration and Finance Officer)
With a 15-year career background in event management, Angela brings a wide range of administrative and organisational skills to Leaps and Bounds OT. As a mother of 3 young children, she provides a compassionate and welcoming face to our front desk and is accommodating to any request our clients may have. Angela is a friendly and highly organised member of our team who outside of work enjoys family time, reading and travel.