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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Rebecca Little

Name:   Rebecca Little

Job:  Children’s Occupational Therapist (OT)

Sites that you’re based at: Hastings & Frankston

What does a typical day/shift in your role involve?

Every day is different, which is what’s great about this role. As a children’s OT we work with children, and their families, to support them with ‘things they do every day’. This usually involves support to develop fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing skills, independence skills, and for the older kids, skills for school and handwriting. But depending on the client, this can also involve so much more.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?

Like many people, I initially had to ask ‘what is OT?’ I found myself continuing to ask this even after I started my degree. It wasn’t until I had a placement working with children that things became clear. I saw how my contributions helped make day-to-day life easier for children and their families and I was sold!

What do like best about your job?

I love the challenge of getting kids to practise important development skills, without them even knowing. As all of our therapy is delivered through play, I have to think and create in order to make it fun. I have some pretty sneaky tricks to get even the most active child to hold a pen or write their name while sitting at the table.

What has been one highlight or memorable moment working in Children’s Services at Peninsula Health?

I recently attended a local primary school where I was amazed to find their Prep classroom was an ideal ‘sensory’ set up. The space was well organised with limited visual clutter, they had considered how to keep noise low and there were movement options available for the students.  Turns out, a teacher had attended a presentation I had delivered on sensory spaces and taken all the advice on board.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Even in my own time I like to be creative. I’ve recently learnt to knit and I always enjoy cooking as a way to relax.