Sue Robinson established a small private Occupational Therapy practice in December 2011, to provide a quality, local occupational therapy service for young children aged 0 to 8 years and their families, one that could offer a sensory approach and be flexible to meet the needs of local families.
The name 'Playing for Change' was inspired by the work of Mandy Seyfang's UniSA student OT clinic in 1998, of the same name and which used a strongly narrative therapy approach to children's needs. The clinic's philosophy was one of using play and playful activity to assist children to overcome challenges and to assist their families to develop a positive new story about their child as capable.
At Playing for Change we continue this approach - focusing on each child's strengths and developing the capacity of caregivers and educators to see the child as a person with unique strengths.
We believe that learning and change are achieved through enjoyment and success, which drives everything we do.
CURRENT WAITING TIMES : Please note that there is currently a significant waiting period for new referrals. You may wish to add your child's name to our waiting list as well as waiting lists of other services.
Meet the Team
Director, Occupational Therapist
Sue is a registered Occupational Therapist, who graduated from the University of South Australia in 1996. She worked in adult mental health before relocating to Whyalla to work within the adult and child health team. This work was predominantly focused on paediatrics however also included adults and aged care. During this time she had the opportunity to fly with the Royal Flying Doctors Service to remote South Australia. After 10 years in this role she returned to Adelaide to have children which provide a new perspective to her career in paediatric occupational therapy.
In late 2011 she founded Playing for Change Childrens Occupational Therapy.
Sue is a trained Marte Meo Therapist who values working with clients to achieve their goals and developing strategies to overcome the physical and emotional obstacles that arise.
Chloe graduated with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia in 2017. She has experience working with individuals across the age spectrum in clinic-based paediatric therapy, day rehabilitation and in aged care facilities. While studying at university, Chloe volunteered and worked with children in a variety of settings both in Adelaide and Cambodia and developed a passion for supporting children to grow and develop to reach their full potential.
Chloe is a trained Marte Meo Practitioner who approaches her work with enthusiasm, utilising the Marte Meo approach to foster meaningful communication and effective connections with the children and families she works with.
Administration/ Allied Health Assistant
Jo graduated from the University of South Australia in 1997 and spent several years working as a clinical Occupational Therapist in Murray Bridge. During this time she worked primarily with adult and aged care clients in community settings.
The period stimulated an interest in community health more broadly, which led Jo to complete an additional postgraduate diploma in health promotion. She then spent over a decade in policy and planning work within SA Health. During this time she was involved in a number of service initiatives for children and families.
After having two children of her own, Jo moved out of health planning to work closer to home in the Adelaide Hills, and expanded her skills working with kids as a primary School Support Officer (after completing a certificate 3 in Education Support). She has done this for the last three years, working alongside teachers to support children’s learning and personal development: in the classroom; small learning groups; and 1:1 learning situations.
Now, Jo is excited to ‘return to her roots’, bringing her knowledge and experience back into clinical work. Jo has embarked on the process of re-registering as a paediatric Occupational Therapist, and is delighted to be supported by Playing for Change in this process.
In addition to undertaking professional development activities, such as Marte Meo Practitioner training, re-registration will involve Jo observing some of our client sessions (with clients’ permission). Jo also provides Allied Health Assistant support.