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March 2019

Introducing our new therapists! 
In January we commenced a national recruitment drive to attract skilled allied health professionals to the Eurobodalla. The campaign was a great success and we have hired three high quality applicants across three disciplines. We will now be able to offer the standard of support that our clients have been hoping for in the areas of speech therapy, psychology and occupational therapy.
All three of our new therapists are commencing in April. Those clients on our waiting lists will be contacted in the coming weeks to discuss appointments. If you wish to make an appointment or refer a client, please email


Lisa Cassar

Lisa Cassar is a registered psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and their families. With a special interest in paediatrics, Lisa is skilled in therapeutic support for a range of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, learning difficulties, and behavioural disorders. Lisa comes to Muddy Puddles with a strong practitioner ‘toolkit’ including a range of assessment and diagnostic tools, early intervention programs and counselling skills. In 2010 Lisa completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and submitted a qualitative thesis that explored the lives of parents with young children diagnosed with ASD. In particular, the thesis investigated how parents cope post-diagnosis. Lisa is moving from Melbourne where she has volunteered with the KIDS Foundation by working with burns survivors and their families. She enjoys taking a team-based approach with families, schools and other supports and is passionate about helping children and families feel supported and empowered through learning new skills for life.

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is an experienced and skilled Speech Pathologist who has worked in multi-disciplinary teams and supported a broad range of caseloads. Jessica completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle and commenced her career in the Early Intervention sphere. Over the years she has worked with clients across all age groups but admits that she is in her element when working with children. She works creatively with the strengths of each child and family and uses an evidence based approach to help maximise child development. We are looking forward to tapping into Jessica’s great talents, including her skills as a Hanen Certified Therapist and her accreditation to use the Sequential Oral Sensory approach to support feeding skills.

Christine Martin

Christine Martin is a qualified Occupational Therapist and, although early in her career, she has already gained excellent experience working with children and young people and their families. Christine embarked on her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra after completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary). Christine joins Muddy Puddles from EACH ACT where she worked both as an Occupational Therapist and as an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Coordinator, assisting families to access the NDIS and appropriate supports. Christine adopts a family-centred approach and is passionate about supporting children and families to meet their goals.  



This social group for teenagers, focuses on gaining independence, building friendships and improving social skills.  We will meet at Muddy Puddles each month before heading out to a new social activitiy chosen by the young people.

Last week our Graze group traveled from Muddy Puddles to Ulladulla to go tenpin bowling, a wonderful time was had by all.  If your teen is interested in Graze - contact us for more details of our next outing. 
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We would like to start Muddy Puddles’ first Self-Advocacy and Advisory skill building group to ensure that all young people living with a disability have an opportunity to learn the skills that ensure they have their say on what matters to them.​

By joining this group, you will learn how to advocate for your rights and the rights of others, design and implement community projects, advise the Muddy Puddles team and improve your social skills by attending outings with like-minded people.  This group will be facilitated by Micheala Burtenshaw & Andrew Radford. 

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Information Session

Muddy Puddles information sessions are a good opportunity for parents and carers to meet with a member of our staff and learn about the different therapies and programs our centre provides.  It's also a good chance to learn about how to access NDIS funding. 
Our next session is Monday 8 April at 10.00am. To register email

Art Journey

Lin Barnes

Art as Therapy allows people of all ages to express their feelings, problems or concerns onto a page in a creative way. It is a means of non-verbal communication and self-expression and it offers a fun way to achieve self-exploration. The Art as Therapy program at Muddy Puddles is called Art Journey. It is facilitated by Lin Barnes who is a social worker. Lin offers individual and group sessions and works with children, young people and parents/carers.
Using therapeutic techniques, Art Journey is led by the child or adult which has an empowering effect. This form of therapy has been used successfully to address issues around sleeping, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, behavioural changes and family difficulties. The art work serves as a record of the developing story and can be viewed in detail as an individual story develops. The process promotes greater self-esteem and improves control over fears and anxieties. It can provide hope by imagining a time when healing has happened and there is a different story to live.
Book a session with Lin to find out how Art Journey can help you achieve your goals.
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Companion Card

The NSW companion card program is for people with significant and permanent disability who have a lifelong need for a high level of care to participate in community events and activities.  The allows a persons carer free entry into participating venues and events.  For more information on companion cards click here
Muddy Puddles is offering free support to families navigating the NDIS.
Please contact Cate on 02 4472 6939 to talk about how we can help you and your child get ready for their first NDIS plan.
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