With 10 years’ experience, Nikki Smit, our senior therapist, brings a wealth of knowledge in relationship building, child and play development and practical programme management to the team.
She takes a special interest in fostering social skills development and believes in building and harnessing relationships not only with the children she works with, but with their families, teachers and other therapists.
Nikki has clinical experience working with children with dyslexia and other barriers to learning, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay targeting areas such as gross and fine motor skills, handwriting and self-regulation.
Her inspiration to become an Occupational Therapist grew from her volunteer work in South Africa where she witnessed how through meaningful activities and play based methodologies, most children were help able to achieve their developmental goals. She has worked in various settings including hospitals, schools and private institutions and as such, will be offering clinic based, home based or school-based programmes dependant on what is most suitable for the child.
In her spare time, Nikki enjoys travelling to experience new cultures, reading, yoga and meditation.
Nikki is registered with the Allied Health Professionals Council in Singapore and the Health Professions Council in South Africa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2010.
Blended Learning: Personalising Education for Students, Coursera (2018)
Global Adolescent Health, University of Melbourne, Coursera (2018)
An executive functioning view of poor impulse control, motivation and self-organisation, Sensational Brain (2017)
Play as a tool for developing executive functioning skills in children, Sensational Brain (2017)
Attended various Social Thinking workshops in Singapore, Connect and Communicate (2016/17)