At Accelerate Abilities we believe that developing meaningful relationships with our clients is essential to how individuals develop their independence. Ensuring that our clients feel connected and supported in all settings is key to what we do at Accelerate Abilities.
Our team of compassionate and connected Occupational Therapists work closely with each individual, their families and support network to understand their current strengths, areas of need and develop an individualised program to improve independence at home, at school and in the community.
We support our clients to overcome barriers to everyday life by focusing on promoting recovery and supporting them to engage in meaningful tasks, provide coping strategies for symptoms, building life skills and assisting with applying these skills to everyday life.
Our aim is to ‘accelerate’ the abilities of all individuals in order to improve their independence and lead purposeful and meaningful lives.
PeterDirector & Occupational Therapist
One of the co-founders and directors of Accelerate Abilities, Peter is a graduate of the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). With experience working with children, teenagers and adults locally, overseas and across private, respite and educational settings, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Accelerate Abilities.
Peter has a strong passion for working holistically alongside individuals and the support networks that are involved in an individual’s life. He focuses on identifying the areas of need for individuals and works on functional-based goals to support growth and independence.
Peter has also completed further training in behavioural therapy, feeding therapy, toileting and sleep, and has experience working with a range of both physical and cognitive disorders. He works closely with each individual, their family and support networks to collaboratively develop an individualised program to suit the needs of each individual.
As an occupational therapist for almost 10 years, Jess is experienced across a broad range of sectors including both inpatient and community rehabilitation, and compensable injury.
Jess is passionate about a person-centred approach to therapy and loves working with clients to find a meaningful approach to achieving their individual goals. Jess values the diversity of what Occupational Therapy can offer clients whether it be learning or relearning skills, finding solutions to maintain or improve independent living skills such as assistive technology, or rehabilitation.
Jess's warm and nurturing approach, together with her knowledge and experience, maximises her clients’ ability to achieve their individual goals.
When she isn't working, Jess spends her time looking after her two-year-old daughter. She lives near the beach so you will often find her walking with coffee in hand and throwing the ball to her Boston Terrier, Frankie.
Sarah is a devoted Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with clients to support them in reaching their valued goals in life through engagement in meaningful and fun activities. She completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia and has experience in working alongside clients and their families with a variety of needs to develop therapeutic interventions that are goal-oriented, purposeful and stimulating.
Sarah has a strong passion for developing play skills and social development, gross motor and movement skills, fine motor and handwriting skills, school readiness and activities of daily living (ADLs)
Sarah enjoys working collaboratively with support networks and values their contributions during therapy, acknowledging this as a key factor in an individual’s development. She has experience working with children and adults of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, understanding the importance of culturally sensitive practice.
Sarah is an enthusiastic and creative therapist with a strong drive to deliver therapy sessions that are fun, stimulating and tailored to the individual’s needs, interests and priorities.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with people to support their participation in everyday activities. This can range from self-care activities, domestic tasks, leisure and play, school or work and life skills such as accessing the community and social skills.
We work closely with individuals and their support network at home, school or in the community to identify their goals and put together a plan to help enhance their independence in activities that are important to them.
This can be done by modifying the environment, providing adaptive equipment as well as providing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
Peter has been working with my son who has Cerebral Palsy for the last few years. During this time, he has helped my son in many ways. Having Peter work with my son in his home means the skills he is learning and developing can be replicated each day.
My son looks forward to his weekly OT sessions with Peter and doesn't see them as 'therapy' but rather a fun part to his weekly routine.Kate
Jessica.. thank you for your visit.. we have never dealt with an Occupational Therapist before and we were very impressed by the information you provided, and your enthusiasm and energy.
We look forward to working with you. Again thank you.Wal & Helen
Peter’s service for our son with autism has been excellent. He always suggests recommendations for services, typical developmental milestones, promotes engagement in age appropriate activities and provides appropriate community resources that support participation.
We wanted to share this information and let others know that Peter does a fabulous job with our son. We are forever grateful to have met him in our Autism journey and would highly recommend his professionalism, advice and skills.Ashim & Maria
We can't thank Peter enough for everything he has done for our son. Our son’s trust and confidence has grown in so many aspects.
It's comforting to know our son has someone special like Peter to confide in.Chad & Laura
Accelerate Abilities Occupational Therapists have extensive experience in service provision within the paediatric, adult, aged care and disability sectors.
Our team of compassionate and connected Occupational Therapists work closely with each individual, their families, support network, and relevant funding bodies to ensure ease of access to services for eligible patients.