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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 or mobile in the child’s home or school enviroment and consults are available at both school/daycare and home.


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 the coordinator of the Hunter Occupational Therapy Paediatric Interest Group and is dedicated to developing paediatric occupational therapy practice in the Hunter Area. Alyce coordinates peer mentoring sessions, quarterly local meetings and offers 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.

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 Newcastle University in 2018. Ali has completed additional training in sensory processing and paediatric therapy.

Previously Ali worked at Sensational Start as a therapy assistant which ignited her strong passion for working with kids.

Ali gained experience in paediatric OT during her university professional placements and working as a support worker.

Ali is very excited to continue her work with children and will be based in our Long Jetty and Belmont clinics.

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.

Ethan is looking forward to starting his career as a paediatric therapist and will be based in our Belmont and Tuggerah clinics.

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