GABBY SMITH

DirectoR & Senior Occupational Therapist

Gabby Smith obtained her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland and has spent her entire career in paediatrics. Throughout her practice as an Occupational Therapist, Gabby has engaged in numerous roles that have included; management of school-based services in Brisbane, creation of therapy programs for children with significant developmental delays, Clinical Educator to students at the University of Queensland, team management, practice management, business process development and leadership.

Gabby has extensive experience working with children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, complex developmental delays and rare genetic conditions. She has adopted a niche area in sensory processing and Autism Spectrum Disorder; working with families to understand how to best support their child and implement relevant strategies for the real world. Gabby is an active member in the Sensory Processing Best Practice Guidelines Forum and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the evidence base surrounding various strategies and ‘sensory tools’.

She is passionate about providing educationally relevant services to children, their families and members of their educational team. Her specific knowledge around parent coaching ensures parents are equipped, understanding the strategies to be implemented and continuing to promote skill acquisition with their child to achieve success in everyday activities.