Paediatric Professional Development Workshop

Georgina Ahrens presents: 

Look Beyond the Behaviour!


For Paediatric Professionals who are working with children who have challenges in their development

Occupational Therapists
Speech Therapists
Therapy Aides


2019 dates to be advised

(Free onsite parking.  Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included.)


This one day workshop is packed with practical tools to support you in developing your professional skills when working with children with challenges in their Individual Processing Profiles.  By being better able to analyse a child’s underlying Individual Processing Profile we can help parents to understand the ‘Why’ behind many of the ‘tricky or repetitive’ behaviours.  When we understand the ‘why’ we are then able to provide appropriate intervention strategies to support families and the children.

By attending this workshop professionals will be better equipped to understand a child’s Functional Emotional Developmental levels and provide effective intervention strategies.   The workshop will focus on how to ‘Coach’ parents to maximise interactions and development.  We will discuss the challenges which may impact on our ability to coach others and discuss strategies to develop your skills.

In addition professionals will have the opportunity to hear some parent testimonials as to how understanding their child’s Individual Processing Profile supported their child’s development in all areas, but most importantly in their social/emotional development.


  • Individual Processing Profiles – analysis of profiles
  • Chasing the Why behind the behaviours
  • A practical overview of level Functional Emotional Developmental Levels
  • Coaching parents what you need to think about
  • Practical strategies for enhancing interactions and development
  • Parent testimonials


  • To develop a deeper understanding of Individual Processing Profiles
  • To identify children at each level of development using the Functional Emotional Development Levels.
  • To identify children’s and parents’ individual differences and how this impacts on the parent-child relationship and the child’s development.
  • To begin to develop and understand in ways to ‘Coach’ parents in therapy sessions.


About Georgina Ahrens

Georgina has over 20 years’ experience in Paediatric Occupational Therapy having worked in the United States and the United Kingdom before setting up her private practice in Sydney in 2003.

After Georgina completed her Bachelor of Applied Science – Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in 1996 she then went on to work extensively with children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States.  Georgina recognised the progressiveness of the DIR® Floortime™ model and chose to continue her education by becoming a Certified Trainer.  Georgina has continued to build on her knowledge by completing training and certification in the internationally recognised treatment models of Social Thinking, Marte Meo, Circle of Security, Therapeutic Listening and a wide range of other programs.

Georgina was instrumental in bringing the DIR® Floortime™ model of therapy to Australia and is recognised as a master clinician having completed the extensive Basic Professional, Fellows and Training Certificates.  This therapy model focuses on a child’s social/emotional development, Individual Profile and relationships as well as adapting the therapy to holistically treat a child’s unique challenges and in some cases environment.

Georgina passionately believes that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to paediatric therapy.  She believes that children with special needs are entitled to support and interventions that are tailored to their individual needs.  Understanding each child’s underlying individual processing profile of strengths and weaknesses will aid in providing successful comprehensive intervention which will enhance the child’s skills towards reaching their potential and building meaningful relationships.

Georgina was fortunate to be mentored by many leading clinicians in the field of Paediatrics but in particular by Dr Serena Weider (Clinical Psychologist), Mona Delahooke (Child Psychologist), Michele Ricamato (Speech and Language Pathologist), Rosemary White (Occupational Therapist) and Dr Rikki Robinson (Paediatric MD and Clinical Professor of Paediatrics).  Georgina values the mentoring she received and uses her skills and experience to mentor and train other Occupational Therapists in the DIR® Floortime™ model.

Georgina initially started her private practice as a sole therapist but has rapidly grown to a clinic of eight Occupational and Speech Therapists supporting families whose children have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing challenges, social emotional challenges, neurological challenges, developmental delays and complex disabilities.

Georgina is also a Director of the Keystone School which is a not for profit group working to build Australia’s first DIR School and through this has developed the Keystone Education Module which is used to educate teachers on understanding Individual Profiles and the social emotional needs of the children. Through this Keystone have developed a play-based screening tool that is used in both Preschools and Schools to support the teachers in identifying at risk children and how to support them in the classroom.


Workshop Cancellation Policy:
Registered participants who are unable to attend and notify us of this in writing prior to 14 days before the workshop may either:
  1. cancel their registration and receive a refund of the payment minus a $50 administration fee;
  2. transfer their registration to another participant (no fee incurred).
No refunds will be provided for cancellations made within 14 days of the workshop.  Registered participants who cannot attend may transfer their registration to another participant (no fee incurred).

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