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About Us

Sensational Start Occupational Therapy opened in May 2017. Sensational Start aims to provide a holistic family centered therapy service to children and their families in the Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, and Newcastle areas.

We work with children aged 2-18 years and are experienced in working with children with autism, attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, developmental delay, chromosomal disorders and many other conditions.

We work closely with families to establish family centered goals and are passionate about providing a service that best suits the needs of the child and family. Appointments are available in the clinic, at home or in the child’s school/preschool environment where appropriate.


Clinical Director

Alyce Svensk B. OccThy (Hons)

Alyce graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2011. Since then she has worked across a variety of private paediatric services in both Newcastle and the Central Coast. Alyce is passionate about working with children and families to achieve their goals.

Alyce enjoys working with children of all ages, using a play based approach to achieve functional goals. She has completed training in DIR floor time, Sensory Integration, Behavioural Management of Toileting, Handwriting, COOP Approach, Trauma and Attachment Models

Being a Mum to two young children has allowed her therapy style to develop to encompass the reality of family life. She believes in providing practical strategies to support children in their home and school environment to develop their skills and reach their goals.

Alyce is passionate about supporting early career therapists and has recently finished her role coordinating the Hunter Occupational Therapy Paediatric Interest Group. Alyce continues to offer clinical supervision to therapists.

Alyce has also developed a training package for early career therapists “The Art of Paediatric Therapy – developing clinical competence through confidence” and runs these trainings regularly through the Occupational Therapy Association and Sensational Start OT.

Occupational Therapist

Tara Taylor 

Tara graduated from the University of Newcastle and has 10 years experience working within the private and public mental health sectors as an individual and group therapist in the Hunter and Central West NSW areas.

In these positions, she worked with children, adolescents, and adults with mood disorders and borderline personality disorder to help them live functional, independent daily lives.

Tara is very motivated to use her psychotherapy skills in facilitating cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) interventions that compliment her new paediatric role to assist children and their families and carers.

Tara has been seeking the opportunity to transition to the paediatric OT world for many years and is so excited to have joined the Sensational Start Team.

Alyce Svensk - Occupational Tharapist/Therapy

Occupational Therapist

Ali Brown

Ali graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2018. Ali worked as a therapy assistant at Sensational Start before transitioning to her role as an OT at the end of 2018.

Ali is a passionate OT who has a genuine love for working with children. Ali loves supporting children to thrive within all areas of their daily life and believes in working along side families as a whole to achieve family centred goals.

Ali has additional training in DIR floor time, sensory processing and Paediatric therapy.

Occupational Therapist

Ethan James 

Ethan is a recent graduate from the University of Newcastle completing his studies in 2018. During this time, he has had the opportunity to travel to Fiji to provide intervention and support at the Frank Hilton Early Intervention Centre and Hilton Special School.

As part of his student placements, Ethan has been trained in the use of Positive Behaviour Support run through Aspect Australia.

Outside of work, Ethan is active spending his time down at the beach of travelling to Sydney to play Men’s netball.

Therapy Assistants


Chelsea is currently in her final year of study at Newcastle University. She has been with sensational start as a therapy assistant since finishing her placement with us in the end of 2018 which is when her passion from working with children began to grow. She has also gained experienced with children by working as a support worker.

Chelsea has been helping OT Ethan run Sense Rugby in 2019 and is excited to have the opportunity to continue that in 2020.

Chelsea is very excited to continue supporting children and their families and cant wait to graduate and become a qualified occupational therapist.


Sofia is a fourth-year occupational therapy student studying at the University of Newcastle. She will be entering her final year of studies in 2020 while also being a therapy assistant at Sensational Start. Sofia has completed two paediatric placements throughout her university degree including a placement at Sensational Start. Sofia has also had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and volunteer at a children’s disability center in Hanoi, that allowed her to provide support for the teachers and children and increase and develop her therapy skills.

Sofia is very excited to be working with children in this setting and is delighted to continue to work as a therapy assistant with the Sensational Start team.


Britt is currently in her fourth year studying Occupational Therapy at Newcastle University.

She has always had a passion for working with children and would love to work as a paediatric Occupational Therapist when she graduates. Britt completed one of her clinical placements at Sensational Start where she enjoyed working on implementing programs in school-based environments.

Britt is very excited to be working as a therapy assistant where she can gain further experience in a variety of therapy contexts for children.


Lana started her Occupational Therapy degree in 2018 at the University of Newcastle.

She has gained experience working with children through volunteer programs such as Sense Rugby and the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Lana started working with Sensational Start during her university professional placement and is excited to continue working with children and their families as a therapy assistant.

Administration Team

Client Experience Officer – Monique

Administrative Assistant – Abby

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