Occupational Therapists

Clare Seymour

Occupational Therapy Team Leader
Clinical Educator

Bachelor of Health Science (Rehabilitation Counselling) (2014)
Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice (2016)

Clare is Happy Chatter’s Senior Occupational Therapist and our Occupational Therapy Team Lead. She is a certified practicing Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and registered with APHRA. Clare graduated from La Trobe University in 2016 after completing her Master of Occupational Therapy. Since graduation, Clare has worked in a range of settings including the community setting, private practice, and working overseas at a camp for children with disabilities.

Clare works with a wide range of clients from the ages of 1 up until young adults. She completes 1:1 therapy sessions, non-face-to-face parent support, and group therapy. She is also the clinical supervisor for the Allied Heath Assistants (OT) at Happy Chatter. Her additinal skills and training includes: 

  • CO-OP Training – Cognitive Orientations to Occupational Performance
  • Traffic Jam in my brain by Sensory Tools
  • Supporting People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families
  • Social thinking concepts using the We Thinkers Social Thinking program by Michelle Garcia
  • The complex intersection of ADHD, Sensory Processing and Dysgraphia: Assessment and Intervention
  • From Sensory Processing to Executive Functioning – Le Roux Academy
  • DIR/Floortime – ICDL
  • Principles of Assessment and Intervention Occupational Therapy for Children

Clare is always up for trying something new, and also enjoys staying home with her latest craft project. Clare likes to see the positive side of things and aims for herself and those around her to live life at its best.   

Amy Aartsen

Occupational Therapist

Masters of Occupational Therapy (2023)
Bachelor of Exercise Sport Science (2019)

Amy is a certified practicing Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and AHPRA. She completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne in 2023 and prior to this completed a Bachelor of Exercise Sport Science in 2019.

Even before graduation, Amy was gaining experience in the Allied Health world. Amy worked with children and adolescents under the guidance of Allied Health professionals including Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists, gaining valuable experience about a holistic approach to her clients. Amy incorporates her knowledge and experience in behavioural therapy and sport to implement programs improving gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, communication and play skills.

Amy has experience helping children regulate their emotions using the Zones of Regulation and Traffic Jam in my Brain programs, and specialises in appropriate self-regulation strategies. Amy provides opportunities for children to learn through play, assisting with child development in all areas of their life. Amy increases social skills with concepts using Michelle Garcia’s We Thinkers social thinking concepts.

She works with children and adolescents with range of diagnoses including autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and global development delays. Using a client-centred approach, Amy assists with development in all areas of life including emotional regulation, social skills, sensory processing, fine and gross motor, handwriting, self-care skills, building routines and participation in their everyday lives including home and schooling.

Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new restaurants, and going on hikes in nature.

Emily Kemezys

Occupational Therapist

Masters of Occupational Therapy (2023)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (2020)

Emily is a certified practicing Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and AHPRA. Emily is also a practicing member of Occupational Therapy Australia. She completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne in 2023, and also completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Monash University in 2020.

Emily is enthusiastic about early intervention, specifically seeing children develop and reach their personal goals. Emily utilises play-based therapy through games, pretend play, and crafts, whilst targeting goals. She has experience working with children in schools, the community and private practice. Her caseload includes children and adolescents aged 2-18 years, many with children with diagnoses of ASD, ADHD, intellectual disability, and/or developmental delays.

She works with children to develop their social skills, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, emotional regulation, sensory processing, self-care skills and executive functioning. Her additional training includes:

  • Social thinking concepts using the We Thinkers social thinking curriculum.
  • Emotional regulation through the Zones of Regulation program.
  • Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice.
  • Sensory processing through the Traffic Jam in My Brain course by Genevive Jereb.

Outside of work, you will find Emily in a dance studio or performing on stage in dance concerts. Emily also enjoys spending time at home with her family, friends and pets. She loves a warm and cosy day on the couch cuddling with her cats!

Join our team

Happy Chatter offers a workplace based on respect,
client-focused care,
and a healthy love of food. As with our clients, we want each staff member to feel supported in reaching their full potential.

Each staff member is an integral part of the team. There is always something to do to help each other out, whether you’re a Speech Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, a Receptionist
an Allied Health Assistant, or a volunteer!

Training: We provide structured training tailored to your progress as you grow with us. All clinicians are offered guidance including mentoring and supervision. There is something for everyone here with our in-house PDs, regular debrief sessions and practical training.

We work with these values at the core of our team

Positivity

We are positive about our achievements, capability, and look forward to the future.

Integrity

We are careful to be honest with each other, do the right thing, and be transparent in our work and our interactions.

Understanding

We all have different personalities, drivers and work styles. What we understand about our colleagues can help us interact constructively.

Communication 

We value open communication where there is honest encouragement, constructive criticism, and no gossip triangles.

Respect

We respect each other as colleagues by keeping shared workspaces tidy, including kitchen and admin, and by following through at work.

We work with these values at the core of our team

Positivity

We are careful to be honest with each other, do the right thing, and be transparent in our work and our interactions.

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Understanding

We all have different personalities, drivers and work styles. What we understand about our colleagues can help us interact constructively.

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Respect

We respect each other as colleagues by keeping shared workspaces tidy, including kitchen and admin, and by following through at work.

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Integrity

We are careful to be honest with each other, do the right thing, and be transparent in our work and our interactions.

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Communication

We value open communication where there is honest encouragement, constructive criticism, and no gossip triangles.