Pauline Li – Occupational Therapist *Currently on Maternity Leave

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Pauline became a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Her enthusiasm in working with children came from the experience of her fourth-year clinical placement in Broken Hill, a mining city in far west NSW. There, she worked with peers at a public school, providing screening and group therapy for kindergarten and year 1 students. They worked together with other health professionals to deliver a holistic, client-focused therapy program.

Pauline is passionate about working with children with a variety of physical, intellectual, and developmental disorders and helping them to unlock their potential. She has a special interest in helping children with handwriting issues and fine motor difficulties.

Pauline spent her early years of life in China and is fluent in Mandarin (written and spoken) and has experience working with children and families from different cultural backgrounds. She is well aware of the importance of respecting clients’ and their families’ values, cultures, and priorities.

Pauline believes that adopting a combination of both bottom up approach (skill acquisition) and top down approach (focusing on occupational performance and quality of life) is more effective in achieving therapeutic goals, under a family-centred framework.

Pauline is currently working on completing a Master of Disability Studies (vision and hearing impairments), with an expected graduation date of early 2022. Through this course so far, Pauline has gained additional theoretical knowledge in treating kids with more complex needs, which has benefited her in carrying out a more holistic approach when running her therapy sessions.