Lisa Hughes is Occupational Therapy Helping Children’s Founder, Director and one of its Senior Clinicians. Lisa has enjoyed an extensive career working in children’s occupational therapy in both Australia and the USA and has nearly 30 years’ of Occupational Therapy experience.

Lisa has been a pioneering figure in Australia’s paediatric occupational therapy space, starting Occupational Therapy Helping Children in 1994 and being one of the first Sydney-based OT practices to introduce occupational therapy holiday groups for kids.

Lisa is passionate about being able to provide the best possible care for her clients and their families. She strongly believes that every child should have access to the very best help and support they need — and she goes out of her way to ensure this for all of the children and families who come to us.

Her philosophy, and that of the practice, is to help each child holistically and individually. This is done by looking at how the challenges each client is facing impacts them in the different areas of their life and tailoring an approach that best suits their needs. This has been aided by the vast amount of specialist training she has undertaken throughout her career, which she uses to tailor the approach she uses for each child she helps. Additionally, as a mother herself, Lisa can relate to many of the worries and difficulties the parents of children we help are experiencing.

Thanks to her extensive expertise, Lisa has been asked to present many talks, courses, events and research papers on topics including:

  • Sensory processing
  • Child development
  • Handwriting
  • School Readiness
  • Private Practice

Lisa’s qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy
  • The Southern Californian Sensory Integration Test (SCSIT)
  • Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT)
  • Introductory DIR/Floortime Introductory Training Course
  • Wilbargers, Sensory Defensiveness Course
  • More Course
  • The Alert Program
  • SOS Feeding approach
  • Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation

Lisa has also done extensive training to develop her business skills thanks to regular coaching sessions with Nacre Consulting. She also makes sure she stays on top of the latest developments across Allied Health and private practice, including  technology, managing staff, and customer service.

Even though running the business is more than a full-time job, Lisa tries to sneak in as much reading, shopping, gym sessions with her adult daughter, catch ups with friends and travel whenever she can.