Lisa Vale has extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Developmental Coordination Disorder
Background and Experience
Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from La Trobe University in 1988, and then completed her Advanced Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2013.
Lisa has focussed on working with children and families for her whole career, and has worked across hospital, outpatient, early childhood intervention and private practice settings.
Lisa previously held the position of Chief Occupational Therapist at RCH prior to her move to the private sector with Splash Paediatric Therapy in 2014. Lisa works in the role as Clinical Services Manager, overseeing the team of OTs and Speech Pathologists across different practice sites.
Lisa is an approved provider with the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Scheme, and a panel member for Helping Children with Autism and the Better Start Program. Splash Paediatric Therapy is a registered NDIS provider.
Clinical Areas of Interest
Lisa has a broad range of clinical areas of interest, as her main focus is on how to support the child, family and carers in assisting the child to participate fully in their everyday occupations of play/leisure, self care and productivity (kinder/school).
She is established with working with children with specific diagnoses, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delay, as well as with children who have emerging difficulties and are in the process of assessment. Lisa has extensive experience in Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments, and has worked as part of multidisciplinary assessment teams at Western Health and RCH.
Lisa is skilled in using a variety of formal and informal assessment methods, in order to gather information and provide a comprehensive picture of the child’s current strengths and challenges in their everyday occupations. Lisa understands the child’s needs to participate in their everyday activities in their natural environment of home/kinder/school/community and how she can assist in changing the environment or activity to better support the child.
Lisa is focussed on providing best practice interventions, in a family and child centred way, with an emphasis on team coordination to promote the optimal outcome for the child and family. Lisa provides goal focussed OT intervention, with outcome measures to demonstrate the child and family’s progress towards their goals.
Lisa’s therapeutic approach incorporates her training and experience in the following:
Canadian Occupational Performance Measure
The Child Sensory Profile- 2
Certification in the Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach
Person, Environment, Occupation (PEO) models
Certification in DIR®/FloortimeTM Model (Greenspan & Wieder)
Learn to Play (Stagnitti)
Parent and teacher coaching
– The Royal Children’s Hospital
SPLASH PAEDIATRIC THERAPY – clinics & outreach:
Werribee: Wyndham Private Medical Centre, 242 Hoppers Lane, Werribee, 3030 Essendon: 206 Buckley St, Essendon, 3040 Malvern Clinic: 167 Wattletree Road, 3144. School programs: Western and Eastern suburbs