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Meet Our Team


Georgina Ahrens

Director & Occupational Therapist 

Georgina gained her Bachelor of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in 1996. She has always worked in Paediatrics initially in an early intervention team, working with children with a variety of disabilities. She then pursued further training by traveling to the United States and England. While in America she worked with a leading paediatric occupational therapist, Rosemary White OTR/L.

Under her supervision and the guidance of specialist practitioners she was able to develop her skills initially in the area of Sensory Integration and then the DIR®/Floortime Model. During this time she received extensive training and experience within the fields of Sensory Integration, Auditory Integration and the (Floortime). She has been trained and certified in the Therapeutic Listening Program, The Listening Program, Samonas, The Lift Program and most recently with the Integrated Listening Program (ILS). She has been trained in the Wilbaarger brushing protocol, the Alert Program, Handwriting Without Tears and a variety of other programs during the years. She is a certified trainer through Profectum Academy in the DIR®/Floortime Model and teaches basic courses throughout Australia and Overseas. Georgina is 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 they have developed a play based screening tool that they are using in both Preschools and Schools to support the teacher’s in identifying at risk children and how to support them in the classroom.

Georgina returned to Sydney in 2003 and established Kids World to provide these services to the clients within the Sydney metropolitan area. Over the past 14 years Georgina has continued to develop her experiences in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. She has a passion for working with the children and their families, and feels that she continues to learn as much from them as they from her. In addition to her extensive clinical work Georgina provides professional lectures and parent workshops to share her knowledge with others.

Georgina is married to Chris who made the move with her from the States, and supports and assists her with the practice. She has three beautiful girls; Mollie, Heidi, and Phoebe, who keep her busy in her spare time.

Gloria Gallardo-Walker

Gloria Gallardo-Walker

Occupational Therapist

Gloria initially received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Ecology, specifically Child and Adolescent Development, from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She went on to become a preschool teacher, teaching at both the East and West side preschools of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Here her interest in working with children with special needs grew, and led her to intern as a Child Life Specialist at Wyler Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Gloria received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University in 1999. Gloria then worked in Early Intervention in Chicago’s low income, Hispanic neighbourhoods for a non-profit multidisciplinary organisation, called ‘El Valor’ which means courage and bravery. Here she worked with young disadvantaged children, co-facilitating Sensory and Feeding groups.

In 2001 Gloria married an Australian and in 2003 moved with him to Australia. She and her husband now have 3 children; 2 girls and a boy in between. Despite the demands of motherhood, Gloria has not stopped learning, through continued education courses in occupational theory, and teaching, from her knowledge base, to preschool teachers in her local area. She has furthered her paediatric learning with play, speech, literacy, writing, assessing, clinical observations, working with young children with autism, and DIR/Floortime courses. Gloria became enraptured by Georgina’s ‘wooing’ skills after attending her DIR/Floortime course. When her third child was old enough to go to preschool, she and Georgina were able to meet again, thus allowing Gloria to join the much-loved group of occupational therapists at Kidsworld Paediatric Occupational Therapy!

In her rare spare moments, Gloria enjoys writing stories and in 2013 was able to publish her first children's story, entitled, 'Ka-Lunk!' It is a rhyming story based on a child's developmental growth with extra additions at the end of the book for parents/carers to give them play ideas and cue them into children's general developmental milestones in fine/gross motor, self/help, social/emotional and expressive/receptive verbal/nonverbal language skills from birth to 18 months. For more information check out the following link:  Ka-Lunk!

Gloria is currently working on writing a young adult science fiction novel for and based on her own children.


Liz Cawrse

Occupational Therapist

Liz completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from Sydney University in 2002. Since graduating she has always worked in the paediatric field, supporting children with additional needs and their families. She has primarily worked with children with ASD, developmental delay and children who are vision impaired. Supporting them in their homes, early childhood settings, schools and in community clinic based individual and group therapy and transition to school programs. Her work has taken her all over Sydney and to Samoa to facilitate the development of an Early Intervention service for children with disabilities in their villages.

Liz is passionate about family centred practice, looking at the individual needs of children and their parents and supporting them as part of a family. She became aware of the DIR model and after attending a training day with Georgina, started incorporating elements of the model in her work. A few years later Liz was thrilled to join the Kidsworld team in 2011 and loves the challenges and fun every therapy session brings. Through weekly mentoring and supervision she continues to strengthen her skills and knowledge in the DIR/ Floortime approach.

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Retha Riekert

Occupational Therapist

Retha completed her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2000.  She started working in the field of paediatrics since graduation in both private practice and school base setting.    She is passionate about working with children and helping them to reach their full potential.  She has worked with children with developmental delay, sensory integration difficulties, attention deficit disorders, Down Syndrome and Autism.    


Over the years she believed in always growing and developing as a therapist.  She has completed her DIR/Floortime (Advance) through ICDL, sensory integration, Therapeutic listening, Tomatis (Level 2) and Interactive Metronome certifications prior to moving to Australia.  Combining all these different therapeutic approaches in therapy specific to each child’s individual profile.


Retha is married with two girls and moved to Australia in January 2019.  Retha and her family enjoy camping and stand-up paddleboarding.  Retha is excited to work at Kid’s World Paediatric Therapy, to further develop and enhance her scope of practice under the guidance and supervision of Georgina.

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Kevin Lee

Occupational Therapist

Kevin initially received a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto in Canada in 2017. After Kevin moved to Australia in 2019, he commenced studying and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2020.

Kevin has worked with children in various settings, such as tutoring children in subjects they struggled with, leading and organizing leadership programs in camps, and teaching children with physical disabilities to learn snowboarding, tailoring sessions to their individual needs.

Kevin has been trained and mentored in the DIR/Floortime Model and continues to do the same under the guidance and supervision of Georgina. Kevin enjoys undertaking further training in the DIR/Floortime Model and developing an understanding of the unique individual profiles and functional emotional developmental capacities of each child he has the privilege of working with.

Kevin has a passion for helping children reach their potential through understanding their individual differences and tailoring programs to suit their personal needs, as well as coaching parents and caregivers to accomplish the same. He finds the opportunity to take part in and assist the children and their family’s journey to enhance their independence and participation in meaningful activities to be a very rewarding experience.

Outside of work, Kevin’s weekend passion involves engaging in social activities such as basketball, board games, and bouldering.

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Julia Novis

Occupational Therapist

Julia is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of Sydney in 2023. During her studies, she discovered her passion for working with children through her roles as an Occupational Therapy assistant and a support worker. Julia loves building connections with clients and their families, helping them achieve their unique goals and engage meaningfully in everyday activities.

Currently, Julia is training and being mentored in the DIR/Floortime model under the guidance of Georgina Ahrens. She enjoys understanding each child's and parent's individual profiles and developmental needs.

When she's not working, Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring new places through travel.

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Jessica Du

Occupational Therapist

Jessica moved to Australia in 2012, and after years of working and living here, she discovered her passion for the allied health industry. She graduated with a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in 2023. Since then, she has dived into the field, dedicated to improving the lives of children with diverse needs.

At Kids World Therapy, Jessica works under the guidance of Georgina Ahrens, honing her skills in DIR/Floortime techniques. She focuses on understanding each child's unique profile and socio-emotional needs. Jessica loves helping children reach their potential by tailoring programs to fit their individual differences. She also coaches parents and caregivers, finding great reward in supporting families as they work towards greater independence and engagement in meaningful activities.

When she's not working, Jessica enjoys hiking, arts and crafts, and travelling.


Julia Killen

Occupational Therapist

Julia gained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in 1996. After graduating she worked as an Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant, advancing to corporate Occupational Health and Safety Management with further studies in Safety Science, and more recently pursued her longstanding interest of working in Paediatrics. Julia has been a member of Occupational Therapy Australia since 2012, and is a member of AHPRA.

Julia has always had a keen interest to work with young children and attributes this to undertaking her Occupational Therapy degree. In addition to starting a family and with the enjoyment and rewards of parenting her own children, Julia revisited her career options and decided to pursue her long-term passion of working with children. In 2014 Julia was thrilled to be provided the opportunity to spend a number of days at Kids World and became intent on working within the DIR/Floortime Model.

Julia has been trained and mentored in DIR/Floortime under the supervision and guidance of Georgina, including understanding Individual Profiles and the social emotional needs of children. Within her different work roles Julia has always enjoyed close working relationships with clients and

 other professionals to maximise the outcome for all parties involved. Julia loves working and engaging with children and their families, and considers her role of supporting a child’s development and learning highly rewarding.

Outside of work Julia loves spending time with her children, William and Isabella, supporting their varying interests, as well as visiting country NSW and the beach with family.

Playful Kids

Cate Brislan, Belle Kardachi & Alison O'Shea


Alison, Belle and Cate are here to help parents with any questions.  If they don't know the answer then they will know someone who does!

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