Therapy Services

Three private therapy organisations provide services onsite.  This means that students are catered for at school and need not be taken offsite.  Another benefit is that teachers, therapy providers and parents are able to more readily liaise in a timely and convenient manner. Please note that these services are privately run and fees are charged directly to parents/carers.  Please contact the service provider directly via the contact details below.

The information below has been provided to the school by the therapy service and is supplementary to the operations of the school.

Speech Pathologist: Claire-Marie Postma

I am delighted to be able to offer families the convenience of attending speech pathology at Bateman Primary on a flexible basis on Mondays and Tuesdays.  I understand that this service will be based on a Tier 3 withdrawal program for specific children referred to me for individualised assessment and intervention.  You can be assured that I am committed to providing the highest quality family centred / evidence based practice.  I am happy to work in partnership with teachers to meet student need and am also able to offer assistance in classroom assessment, whole of year screening, support planning, and community education.  

For the benefit of families, Small Talk - Speech, Language & Literacy Centre offers:

  • therapy that is tailor made for their child in all areas of speech, language and communication need (speech clarity, stuttering, voice, oral language, spelling, reading, writing, early and later language development, social skills)
  •  formal and informal assessment reports that clearly describe their child’s difficulties and strengths
  •  communication with teachers and other professionals
  •  choice of therapy options and time frames
  •  private health rebates
  •  no referral requirement
  •  no waiting list

Phone: 0412 548 208

Occupational Therapy: Bree Harmsen

Bree Harmsen is an Occupational Therapist and owner of Skills 2 Learn Occupational Therapy Services. She has more than 15 years’ experience in delivering services to children and their families. Bree adopts a holistic, strengths-based approach and has extensive experience working with schools and teachers to achieve the best functional and educational outcomes for each child.

Bree has experience working with children with various difficulties, including developmental delay, diagnosed disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.

The services provided by Bree and Skills 2 Learn Occupational Therapy are supported by research and as a result you are guaranteed that high quality services are being delivered by an experienced therapist. Bree holds a current Police Clearance Certificate, Working with Children Check and Department of Education Clearances. Bree is also registered with Medicare, Better Start Program and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Medicare and private health fund rebates may apply to individual OT sessions. 

Phone: 0414 401 478

Counsellor: Cindy Marshall

I am a compassionate therapist with 10 years experience working with families, couples and individuals, as well as manage therapeutic services at WHWS. I am passionate and specialise in the area of infant mental health, which has afforded me the opportunity in working with children in the early years. As well as be involved in research lead by WA perinatal mental health unit, WA department of health. I am committed to providing children and parents with the opportunity to create a relationship they deserve, developed from sense of safety and security. Thus the development of a working alliance that facilitates a collaborative exploration derived from evidence based practice. I work with children’s unique story and family history and consider parental support and involvement as an integral part of the counselling process. I encourage working relationships with teachers to meet student needs and am also available to offer assistance using Circle of Security in the classroom setting and provide continued support where appropriate.
Childhood is a time of great change and transition, often presenting a unique set of challenges for both parent and child. Sometimes development occurs smoothly and at other times things occur that lead to children experiencing dysfunction in their life, resulting in this journey feeling over-whelming.
Children can often take time to learn to express, regulate emotions and can struggle with big emotions and the ability to articulate the complexity of what they are feeling. Parents often experience their child expressing their distress in worrying ways which is a tough place to be in.
The wonderful thing is that children are very receptive to learning and change and research shows that “the earlier the intervention the more positive impact on the personality and the individual’s overall health.” I will work together with the parent and child to develop an understanding of what is going on, and then to develop a roadmap to help parent and child move forward with a sense of being held and supported.

Phone: 08 9490 2258