About Prestage Occupational Therapy
Prestage Occupational Therapy started in 2016, with occupational therapist Rhianna starting a group program which ran on Saturdays. Since then, services have expanded to include both individual and group therapy sessions, individual assessments, and on-site services (home, school, or day care). We provide quality, family-centred occupational therapy services for children aged 0 to 18, and person-centred services for young adults with disabilities.
Rhianna Prestage, Occupational Therapist
BSc OT (First Class Honours)
I have been working as an occupational therapist since graduating in 2011. I enjoy working with children of all ages and abilities who may need a helping hand to participate in daily life successfully. My experience includes working with children with general developmental issues, children on the autism spectrum, and with other disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, vision impairment, and intellectual disability. I have a particular interest in working with teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum.
I am interested in all things sensory processing and play! I am trained in the Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol (“brushing”), and have attended two Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) professional development courses. I have also taken part in Triple P Stepping Stones parenting course training, and have run a parenting group in Albany in partnership with a clinical psychologist. Earlier in 2017, I was fortunate to attend Karen Stagnitti’s advanced training on Learn to Play Therapy.
I studied at Curtin University, where I completed a research project on autism and joint attention. From this, I had an article published in 2014 in the Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, titled "Does video training increase adult and child joint attention and improve child outcomes? Two individual case studies in children with autism spectrum disorder." I am passionate about research and keeping up to date with the latest evidence within the field of occupational therapy.
When I am not working, I enjoy hanging out with my son and husband. We have two dogs, who love their walks at the beach, and a bird called Bubble. I also enjoy going to the gym and keeping fit and healthy.