Our team prides itself on providing a comprehensive and holistic approach, rejecting the one size fits all philosophy.

Our therapeutic models include:

  • DIR/Floortime
  • vestibular-visual-auditory maturation
  • primitive reflex integration
  • emotional regulation, sensory modulation
  • play therapy
  • attachment therapy

What is DIR/floortime?


An evidence-based approach that is:

  • Child-led
  • Centred around a positive relationship between child, family and therapist
  • Strengths based
  • Focused on encouraging creativity, curiosity and spontaneity
  • Aware of the importance of building the child’s own self-concept
  • Based on child engagement and interaction

Emotional Developmental Levels from 0 – 10 years of age DIR/Floortime Levels

The developmental levels of the brain from 0 – 7 years of age

Developmental needs


A child’s developmental needs vary according to their stage of life, their needs could be physical or cognitive or emotional.  Some children need therapy focused only on one domain or all domains to be supported to reach their full potential and work towards independence as an adult.


Some of these developmental domains include:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play Skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Behaviour Management
  • Memory and Attention
  • Creativity and Ideation
  • Self Concept and Confidence
  • Social Skills
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Auditory Perceptual Skills
  • Self Care Tasks (toileting, dressing and eating)
  • Organisational Skills
  • Planning
  • High-Level Cognition Skills (problem-solving)

Our son was diagnosed late, at age 7, as ASD1, when our family was in freefall.  Intuition led me to Amy and her holistic approach.  She has worked with the whole family and the different relationships within it, explaining with empathy why connections were broken, and teaching us all to play.   Unlike other OT’s Amy uses cutting edge exercises address and remediate the gross & fine motor skills, co-ordination, dyspraxia etc.  We all adore Amy and her full-hearted approach to lasting change and healing and have seen our son and family unit transformed.  We have come to understand how play can build lasting connection and open up channels of communication, and that ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’, unravelling my understanding of my experience in the world as an undiagnosed autist.  I urge other parents to embark upon this journey hand in hand with Vallentine Occupational Health, to trust that their commitment will reap huge rewards, and to open themselves to the whole experience – yes, there will be frustrations but the joy we experience now, in our delightful boy is incalculable.  


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Port Macquarie NSW 2444

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