Master of Occupational Therapy
 University of Sydney

AHPRA Occupational Therapy Board
Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
Occupational Therapy Association Australia
Occupational Therapy New Zealand
Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa
National Paediatric Interest Group Australia
 Yoga, Mindfulness and Body-based Practices Interest Group Australia


Poonam Shah

Senior Occupational Therapist 
B.Sc, M.OT (Occupational Therapy)

Poonam has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney.  She has extensive experience working with neuro-diverse children and has had her own private practice for the past five years in Australia and in New Zealand.

Poonam has worked one-to-one with children in their home, with their families, and within the school environment. She is focused on providing family-centred, client-driven and evidence-based practice. She uses a strength-based approach to enable kids to reach their full potential.

Poonam has clinical experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Global Developmental Delays (GDD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) / Dyspraxia, Intellectual Disabilities, Sensory Processing difficulties, as well as with kids that have Visual Perception difficulties, general developmental delays, handwriting difficulties and behavioural challenges.

Poonam’s skills include providing fun, motivating, multi-sensory and individually tailored therapy.  Please see below for her extensive areas of expertise.

Poonam’s areas of expertise include:

  • Fine and gross motor
  • Handwriting programs
  • Behavioural management (positive behaviour learning)
  • Building attention
  • Chronic toileting issues
  • Self-regulation
  • Social skills
  • Sensory needs
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) including dressing
  • Visual processing and visual memory
  • Executive function skills

Poonam has experience with using the Alert program, Zones of Regulation programs, Brain Gym, Social Thinking Program, Handwriting without tears and Collaborative Proactive Solutions Program.

Poonam is a mother of two energetic children who have reinforced her passion for paediatrics and taught her the importance of play and sensory stimulation in a child’s development.

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