Emma completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast. Emma has always been passionate about paediatrics and as an occupational therapist aims to provide children of all abilities with the best opportunities to allow them to achieve their goals.
Emma has had a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for many years. This interest continued throughout her studies and as a result she formed her honours thesis research on the ‘Professional development needs of early childhood educators to provide an inclusive classroom for children with ASD. From this research, she developed a free online resource for early childhood educators with information about ASD and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to support inclusive education.
Emma is passionate about early intervention, neuroplasticity, inclusive education, positive behaviour support and social skill development. She enjoys working collaboratively with families, educators and other health providers to achieve optimal outcomes for children, families and schools.
Emma loves spending time with her partner, family, friends and two silky terriers, spoiling her three nieces, keeping active, playing netball and swimming in the ocean.