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Marie Criticos (OT)

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Marie is a certified Occupational Therapist, nationally registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and AHPRA.

Marie has always had an interest in helping people and working with children. Marie's paediatric experience first began when she started working as a support worker with children and adults with varying abilities and disabilities. This is where Marie’s passion for paediatrics grew. Marie founded Moving Mountains Therapy in 2016 to empower parents and provide a therapy service with a focus on developing functional skills for children and parent child relationships whilst collaborating with educators and other health professionals.

Through educating teachers and parents, they are able to build an understanding of the implications of health issues on a child’s learning, emotional, social and play development. She is able to achieve outcomes in a number of areas while using a collaborative approach. These areas include fine motor development, gross motor development, postural control, balance and coordination, sensory processing, visual-motor integration, motor planning, proprioception and organisational skills.

Marie has over 7 years experience working with children with a range of diagnosis’ including Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, ADHD, ADD and learning difficulties.

Committed to professional development, Marie has completed numerous courses to stay update to date within the industry. With a special interest in children with cerebral palsy, Marie travelled overseas to train in specialised intensive therapy. An intensive therapy block can bring about progress that may normally take 6 to 12 months using traditional therapy methods for children with cerebral palsy. Marie has also completed a range of courses and workshops including the M.O.R.E Protocol, Therapeutic Listening, Key Word Sign, Handwriting Without Tears, Therasuit Method & Therasuit Method Advanced and ‘The Traffic Jam in My Brain’.

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Erin Criticos (Speech)

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Erin Criticos is a Certified Speech Pathologist and is registered with Speech Pathology Australia. She completed her Bachelors of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from the University of Sydney.

Erin has always been passionate about working with children, helping others and making a difference in peoples lives, which is why she chose a career in speech pathology. She is skilled in clinical areas of early intervention, speech and language delay, stuttering and literacy. Erin uses a collaborative approach in assessing and goal setting, as she believes that working closely with families, teachers and other professionals is vital in understanding and supporting communication difficulties. She particularly enjoys working within a multidisciplinary team liaising closely with Occupational Therapists, Educators, Psychologists and Paediatricians.

Erin has experience in delivering speech pathology in a range of settings including pre-schools, primary schools, community settings and private clinics. She is skilled in delivering therapy to children aged 2-18 years with learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay and other disabilities. Through her experiences in working with children with a range of disabilities, she understands the importance of incorporating tactile and visual strategies in order to cater to each child’s learning style.



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Alessandra Dennehy (OT)

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Alessandra (Ali) is a qualified Occupational Therapist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney following her graduation from a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with distinction from the University of New South Wales.

Ali has always been passionate about working with children and has many years experience in this area of interest. This incorporates both paid and volunteer positions interacting with a diverse population, including children with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, down syndrome and anxiety. Ali enjoys the opportunity to find creative ways to make therapy interesting and fun for children thereby increasing their motivation and engagement to achieve the best results.

Ali strives to engage children, families and teachers in working towards occupational therapy goals. Therefore, she adopts a collaborative and individualised approach for each child to increase their ability to engage in activities they want or need to participate in.

Ali is committed to ongoing professional development as she recognises the value in continually expanding her skill set. She seeks out courses and resources in order to expand her awareness of new techniques and evidence to constantly improve the quality of her practice for children and her families.



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Jessica Haifa (Speech)

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Jessica is a Speech Pathologist registered with Speech Pathology Australia. She graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

The decision to specialise in paediatrics was easy for Jessica, given her great passion for working with children and making a difference in their lives. She believes that all children deserve the right to communicate and to be able to interact with others, and loves that she can help children in doing so. Jessica’s kind, caring and friendly nature allows her to easily build strong connections with children and their families. She is passionate about getting to know each child, in order to make therapy fun and relevant for them. She loves to see the impact that Speech Pathology has on the life of a child and their family and strongly believes in working collaboratively with families and health professional to assist children in achieving functional and meaningful goals.

Jessica has a particular interest in early intervention, Autism, speech disorders, literacy and stuttering. She is a strong believer in helping children receive therapy as early as possible, to enable them to participate within their communities.

Jessica has experience working with children that have literacy, language, speech and fluency difficulties as well as children who require Alternative modes of communication. She also has experience delivering therapy to children with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay.

Jessica is passionate about Professional Development and growing her clinical skills to ensure she is able to provide her clients with the best quality therapy and enjoys attending workshops and conferences.