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Occupational Therapists

Our team of Occupational therapists (OT's) and OT Assistants (OTA's) have more than 55 years of combined experience in areas including, but not limited to, Neonatal development and care, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Impairment, Sensory Processing Integration, Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance, Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorders, DIR Floortime, Specific Learning Disorders, Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD/ADD, CAPD, physical disabilities, play, challenges with academic progress & challenging behaviours /emotional regulation.

Jillian Ballantyne - Clinical Director 

Kahla Biffanti - Senior Occupational Therapist 

Kahla has been working as part of the Making Progress Team for 8 years.  She completed her studies in OT at James Cook University in Townsville.  She is very passionate about the children she works with and loves to celebrate all successes no matter how big or small.  She has a particular passion for those  with 

Kathleen Gibson - Senior Occupational Therapist

Kathleen has worked with the Making Progress team since October 2007. 

Occupational Therapy Assistants

Caitlyn Simms - Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Caitlyn is our newest member of the team having completed a 3rd Year placement with Making Progress in 2019 and found her love of paediatrics and working with children so much so that she continued on as an Occupational Therapy Assistant while completing the remainder of her university studies.  Caitlyn will soon be a registered OT on the completion of her degree in November 2020. 

Tayla Thus - Currently studying OT in 3rd Year at JCU Townsville

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