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Hannah Lyons

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Biography

I joined the Youthrive team in 2015 and since then I have enjoyed working in an integrated, multidisciplinary team. I am passionate about helping children and their families achieve the goals that are important to them. This is done through evidence based, client centred, culturally appropriate and neuro-affirming practices. It is important that a child feels safe, has fun and enjoys coming to therapy.

Prior to working at Youthrive, I worked in Western Australia in rural and remote communities and the Perth Metropolitan area. Here I worked with all age groups (0-100), with a focus on supporting First Nations people.

I am the mother of two amazing children and a playful English Springer Spaniel.

Additional Professional Development Courses Completed:

  • Learn to Play
  • Lego Therapy
  • Secret Agent Society
  • SOS approach to feeding
  • DIR floor time
  • Winnie Dunn’s Sensory Processing Model
  • Complex toileting
  • Conquering the Puberty Blues
  • PASE Model of Supervision
  • Trauma Informed Practices

Experience

Since graduating from the University of Queensland, Hannah has worked primarily as a community-based Occupational Therapist in various parts of Australia including rural and remote settings. Hannah’s experience includes assessment and treatment for children with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual impairment, cerebral palsy and sensory processing difficulties as well as neurological assessment and rehabilitation following brain injury, hand and upper limb therapy, assessments for home modifications (basic and complex) and equipment prescription (including customised and electric wheelchairs), and providing continence/toileting advice.

Hannah also has experience in providing group therapy sessions and working within school settings. She has completed training courses and can deliver Secret Agent Society, The Helping Children with Austim package, Traffic Jam in the Brain and PlayConnect: Relationship-based Early Intervention for Young Children with Developmental Delays.

“I wanted to become an occupational therapist so I can help others participate in activities that are meaningful to them. I’m passionate about making therapy fun and engaging for the kids I work with.”