Welcome Chanae – St Jude’s Newest Occupational Therapist

St Jude’s is excited to welcome Chenae, our fantastic new Occupational Therapist, to the Disability Services team.

Chenae has extensive experience supporting both children and adults with disabilities such as Autism, ADHD and Anxiety, by performing functional and cognitive assessments and creating plans to help support clients to achieve their goals. 

We asked Chenae a couple questions about her experiences both inside and outside of work, so both our clients and our team could get to know her better.

What made you decide to work as an Occupational Therapist?

I was inspired  to become an Occupational Therapist (OT) because of my sister. She has Cri Du Chat and an intellectual disability, which helped me develop a strong passion to support others. Growing up, I saw how much of a difference an OT made to increasing my sister’s independence and quality of life and I wanted to be able to do the same for others. As an OT, I have the ability to advocate for people and their families and support people to reach their goals and fulfill their potential – this is something that is close to my heart. 

What have you experienced working as an Occupational Therapist so far?

I have worked in early intervention and with school aged clients prior to joining St Jude’s. I have worked with a range of conditions such as Autism, ADHD and mental health. At St Jude’s,  I now work with a broad range of clients including people with a disability, aged care and mental health. 

What is a highlight from working as an Occupational Therapist?

Meeting new people each day and hearing their stories and their aspirations. Every day is always different.

Can you provide a snapshot into what your day at work looks like for you?

It’s hard to say what each day looks like as every day is so versatile. Generally, I meet with my clients, take the time to learn more about them and what goals they want to achieve and  complete assessments to help them achieve them.  

What’s a memorable achievement you have enjoyed in your career so far? 

It’s always so rewarding when I get to see that light bulb moment go off for my clients. I once had a client who had been learning to use an Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device and one day it just ‘clicked’ for him. He requested his favourite superhero independently using his device and you could see how happy he was that he could functionally communicate and engage with friends with less frustration.      

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I know Makaton (or now known as Key Word Signs). I also am left handed for writing only and right handed for everything else.

What is something you have enjoyed about working with St Jude’s so far?

Of course the people I meet and work with to achieve their goals, as well as the team. I also love how I am always learning something new each and every day.

To book in to see Chanae or any of our therapists, our friendly team can be reached at (08) 9279 4343 or info@stjudes.com.au. We are available to commence services immediately and have mobile services available for your convenience.