ELLEN McILWAIN

Occupational Therapist

Ellen obtained a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Griffith University. She is passionate about supporting children to develop the skills they need to thrive in their everyday lives, at home, school and in play environments. 

She is a valuable member of the Paediatric Potentials team, bringing a unique and creative flare to her interventions having also obtained a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) with Honours. She harnesses her creative approach, designing individualised therapy programs that focus on the strengths of each child.

Ellen adopts a holistic and family-centred approach throughout the initial, goal-setting, assessment and intervention stages to empower children and their families to maximise participation, engagement and goal achievement. She understands the importance of collaborating with children and their families to develop individual therapy programs according to their needs using standardised tools to track progress. 

Ellen has experience working with children and young adults with a range of differing disabilities within a paediatric setting. Her areas of interest include, Autism Spectrum Disorders, physical impairment (including Cerebral Palsy), global developmental delay, learning difficulties, handwriting, toileting, sensory processing, self-regulation and functional fine-motor skills. 

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys playing with her puppy (Mintie), travelling, coaching synchronised swimming and baking chocolate brownies.