About me

In Yokohama, Japan for WFOT 2014
In Yokohama, Japan for WFOT 2014

I have been working as a New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT) for 14 years. I trained at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

In 2017 I completed my Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice, with Distinction, from Otago Polytechnic.

I have worked in a range of settings including Acute Medicine, Residential / Aged Care and Dementia Care, Acute Stroke Rehabilitation and I also work privately as a Professional Supervisor, a tutor for students and see private clients on request. I have been a student supervisor throughout my career.

I am currently on Parental Leave from my role working as an OT in Acute Stoke Rehabilitation and Acute Medicine in an urban hospital in New Zealand. I hold approved accreditations in Complex Wheelchair and Seating (L2WMPM), posture management (L1WMPM(LYNG)) and standard / complex equipment (PSMHSM).

Clinically I am interested in Stroke Rehabilitation, Goal Setting, Motivation and its role in patient participation in therapy, Sensory Modulation, Posture Management, working with clients with Conversion Disorder and OT Service Development.

I am passionate about the evaluation and critique of research and its application into clinical practice – my site will have resources uploaded shortly to assist therapists in developing these skills.

While on Parental Leave I have been busy applying my OT skills to raising my daughter and fostering her development and have posted a couple of the things I have made for her here.

10 thoughts on “About me”

  1. I’m a physio who works with Sonya, and was delighted to ‘be allowed’ to follow this site. It just shows she sees the big picture! I think you raise the bar of what OT’s do where ever you go, and I look forward to watching what comes naturally to you, facilitating change and growth in the whole MDT.
    ‘Discussions’ is a great title for who you are.

  2. Nice site Sonya! I finally made time to have a look. Quite enjoyable to read on a Sunday morning with a good cup of coffee.

    I’m looking forward on your comment on Reflective Supervision in OT (of course with my special interest in Supervision)

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