Advocating for individuals on the spectrum to have choice and control over their life and using evidence-based strategies to help them achieve this is what I love about being an OT
10 Fun Facts About Lauren
What is your favourite movie? Love Actually
What is your favourite food? Chocolate
Where were you born? Brisbane
Who are the four people you would most like to have a conversation with? Michelle Andrews, Zara McDonald, Harry Styles, Emma Carey
What did you love to do as a kid? Swim and Run – I was very sporty. I also loved dogs.
What did you think you were going to be growing up? A Vet
Do you have any pets? Yes, a dog named Harvey. He is my pride and joy.
Tell us an interesting fact about you? I have travelled lots from a young age. My Mum worked for QANTAS so I have always managed to score cheaper airfares. I feel very lucky to have done this considering the current state of the world.
How long have you been an OT? 3 years.
What is your favourite band? Tame Impala
Lauren is passionate about working closely with children and families to achieve their goals. Within her therapy sessions, she strives to provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere for children and families to enjoy and feel comfortable in. Lauren works hard to build a rapport and creates play-based therapy activities for children which is a vital component of successful therapy. She believe it is important to work collaboratively with key stakeholders (family members and school supports) to ensure children are able to generalise skills across different environments.
Lauren has a background of working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She is passionate about advocating for individuals on the spectrum to have choice and control over their life and using evidence-based strategies to help them achieve this. To support children, adolescents and their families to understand ASD, particularly the difference in presentation of females and males is something that she works hard towards achieving. Lauren is trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) which can provide supportive evidence for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a trained facilitator of the Secret Agent Society (SAS) group program and PEERS for young adults group program, which are both groups which assist with social and emotional development. She has also been involved in group programs to support adolescents to achieve their employment goals and build independent living skills in meal preparation, managing money and accessing the community.