All Children, All Abilities, All Possibilities

Jessica Lee

Koorana Occupational Therapist

''When I was younger I spent quite a bit of time in hospital. I missed a lot of school and this restricted many aspects of my life. What I love about Occupational Therapy is that I am helping children develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives, whether it is increasing their motor skills, helping children regulate their emotions, or to increase their play/social skills. I am proud to say I am an Occupational Therapist because of my experiences, and this has fuelled my desire to help children reach their potential as a health professional.


One of my first big achievements as an Occupational Therapist was with a ten-year-old boy who struggled to tie his shoelaces. His parents had tried many times to show him, however, they hadn’t found the right method for him. I remember dedicating an entire 45-minute session to breaking down the task of shoelace tying - and success! He tied his shoe laces. I remember he called his dad in to show him – they were both so happy. Learning this new skill gave him so much confidence. It was a really defining moment for me.


I feel there is sometimes a lot of focus on what children can’t do - I like to focus on the things a child can do. Children have the ability to learn all things. I believe more success is found when we break the task down into steps the child understands.’’

Jessica Lee
Koorana Occupational Therapist