About Empowered Kids
Empowered Kids OT has both humble beginnings and solid foundations.
Established in 2015, our founders Bonnie Lee and Kristy Harris sought to empower kids in the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Northern NSW region by giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to find their strengths and overcome their challenges.
Over the years, we have helped hundreds of children from toddlers through to teenagers by providing personalised support, evidenced based practice
and a collaborative approach to therapy.
We are inspired because we believe in what we are doing and where we are going, and it is through our holistic and family-centred approach, that we have now grown into one of the largest and most respected providers of pediatric therapy services in our region.
We join parents in the journey
We know that parents know their children best and want the best for their children. With a familycentred approach, we draw on your expertise as a parent and use it to develop the right support and service specifically for your child.
We do the right thing
We do the right thing for every child regardless of the time it takes or the resources it requires (even when no-one is looking). We treat others the way we would like to be treated and provide the standard of service that we would expect for our own family
Fun and creative
We infuse fun into everything
We believe fun is the secret ingredient to good therapy. It energises us and fuels our connection. By providing therapy under the guise of fun, we help children to develop their skills, confidence, and self-belief so they can truly flourish.
We are curious and bold
We continually improve the way we do things by thinking outside the box. We strive to reach goals, dare to be unique and challenge ourselves to evolve.
We all belong
By playing our part, we strive to give children and families access to the same opportunities and the ability to make connections and engage in meaningful activities.
Why Empowered Kids?
Clinic-based or mobile therapy services
Our clinic based in Tweed Heads, provides a warm and friendly environment where your child’s needs will be supported. Or our Occupational Therapists can come to you at school or at home! This means less time out of your day and gives caregivers and teachers an additional layer of support by working within the child’s natural environment.
Our growth approach
Our therapy encourages children to adopt a growth mindset towards learning and developing skills. The mind is a powerful tool and the brain has the ability to change (neuroplasticity), and we use these concepts as a basis for our therapy.
The solutions we develop are as unique as the kids and families we work with, and as diverse as their strengths and challenges. And that’s really the point. Every child is unique and the same approach is not going to work for every child!
Diversity of our people
We take pride in the diversity of our exceptional team of Occupational Therapists and support staff. Our blended team of different backgrounds and experience bring broader ideas and new perspectives to the table!
We encourage and offer professional development for our staff to specialise in their areas of interest while providing a high level of support. We continually seek new ideas and learning opportunities, and just like the hungry caterpillar we gobble up all this knowledge and we continue to transform!
Our families often comment on their strong sense of belonging in our clinic. For this reason, they often become a part of our extended family who continue to visit and participate in our programs even after treatment has ended.
We help kids achieve their own type of awesome! We have teamed up with local community providers to offer surfing, boxing and art group activities that leave kids feeling happy, included and inspired at the end of each day.
Occupational Therapy Student Clinic
We pride ourselves on actively supporting the development of future occupational therapists. Partnered with local universities to develop a student led OT clinic where students interested in working in paediatrics complete their advanced clinical placements. Our Student OT Clinic has been tailored to provide a unique opportunity for students to gain hands on experience in a highly supportive and fully supervised clinic environment. Services are provided at a reduced rate to families who choose to participate in our Student OT Clinic which has an added benefit to our local community.