Meet Hayley Forbes – our Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapist Melbourne, Hayley ForbesLet me introduce Hayley Forbes an extremely passionate Occupational Therapist who is about children and adult development. Excitedly Hayley Forbes has recently started working in a brand-new clinic in Malvern – Fired Up People. Although the clinic may be new, Hayley Forbes is not new to the field of occupational therapy. Hayley has been working in a special developmental school (moderate to severe intellectual disabilities), as well as working in private practice on weekends and evenings (super busy) for over six years.

Why does Hayley Forbes work evenings and weekends? Because she loves to retain the skills she has previously gained and loves to help people with Autism, Developmental Delays, Dyspraxia and General Fine and Gross Motor Delays. Additionally Hayley's  evening work allowed her to work with adult clients focusing on hand function and independent life skills.

According to Hayley Forbes, working in a ‘special’ school can make you quite specialised in severe autism and intellectual and physical disabilities. She wanted to maintain and upkeep her skills in all areas of development.

Why did Hayley Forbes join Fired Up People in Melbourne

If you ask Hayley, the reason she joined Fired Up People is because she wanted to work with families and make therapeutic intervention more beneficial by working more closely with families, care givers and teachers. She thoroughly enjoys working within the school environment and supporting access to educational material, but it was time for a new challenge.

What are Hayley Forbes Occupational Therapy Specialties

Hayley has been trained in numerous areas including:

  • SOS fussy eating vs problem feeding.
  • Trauma and attachment, anxiety and building resilience.
  • Sensory integration.
  • Gross and fine motor intervention.
  • Visual perceptual skills.
  • PECS, KWS and intensive interaction.
  • Alternative access to communication (i.e. switching and head switching).
  • Wheelchair prescription.
  • DCD and Dyspraxia.
  • NDIS outcome reports.

She is extremely fond of communication and aim to incorporate all AAC devices into my sessions including light and high-tech options.

And she has worked with a vast range of conditions (genetic, physical etc). and developmental delays. Enjoys fine motor and handwriting skills, and likes to create fun and interesting ways to engage children in writing.

Got Questions about Occupational Therapy?

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