Occupational Therapy






Embrace Life is excited to collaborate with Kids That Go to provide Occupational Therapy services.

Occupational Therapists help children to achieve independence with their daily activities. They use the ‘occupations’ or jobs of childhood to bring change. These jobs are play, learning and self care.

Children keep very busy and have so many skills to learn before they launch into the world as independent young adults. These include playing, emotional regulation, concentrating, developing friendships, taking care of their personal needs (dressing/ eating/ toileting), literacy, problem solving and organisation. Their personality, sensory make-up and motivations also feed into their development across all of these areas.

Occupational Therapists aim to make development smooth, meaningful and motivating. To kids, this looks like ‘I want to do it!’, ‘I can do it!’ and ‘This is FUN!’. Independence & well-being are the ultimate aims in Occupational Therapy.

Kids That Go Occupational Therapist Shayla Thayer, is now available for consultations at Embrace Life.  All bookings with Shayla can be made by contacting Kids That Go directly on 3087 1904 or by completing a New Patient Bookings form.

About Shayla Thayer

I am passionate about supporting children and families to be heard and feel empowered.  I enjoy working collaboratively to support children to increase their independence and confidence in everyday tasks, whilst cultivating a therapeutic connection through play. I have a keen interest in the areas of self-care, including toileting and sleep and supporting development in the early years.

My experience as an Occupational Therapist since graduating in 2006, ranges from working in developmental paediatrics, school transition support and child, youth and adult mental health. As a mother, I have lived experience supporting and advocating for a child with additional needs, which further fuels my empathy and professional commitment to continue to empower others through evidence based, family-centred therapy.

Outside my professional life, I love to spend time with my family by the water, exploring new places and capturing memories with my camera along the way.

Shayla is registered to receive Enhanced Primary Care/Chronic Disease Management Plan referrals from GP’s.