Deb Hopper

– Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Empowering OTs, parents and educators to demystify kids’ behaviour through online training and courses

Paediatric OT Experience

For the past 20+ years, I’ve had the privilege of working with paediatric OTs, parents and educators to help them make sense of kids’ behaviour. I help kids with anxiety, sensory processing and learning difficulties to thrive.

I’ve worked in the following areas:

Community Paediatric OT

Private Practice Paediatric OT

Sole Paediatric OT Clinician

Mobile Service Home & Schools

In addition, I’ve run a sensory resources business overseeing sales, marketing and warehouse staff. I also have experience in adult and adolescent mental health, and I’ve managed clinic-based services with OT staff and an admin team. I’m also an author of multiple books and an international conference speaker.

Needless to say, I’ve seen most angles of paediatric occupational therapy and I know from personal experience what works
and what doesn’t.

On a more personal note, I’m also a mum of two energetic boys and our family adores Daisy, our gorgeous labradoodle.

Paediatric OT Mentoring

and Supervision

When I first started out as a paediatric OT, there was little
training or professional support available. It was at times a lonely journey which fuelled a passion in me to develop online training and courses to empower OTs, enabling them to grow in confidence and thrive. I’m passionate about walking the journey with other OTs to help you become OT 2.0, the best version
of yourself.

I’ve developed an 8-week online program, The Therapy Business Bootcamp, to help OTs and other therapists to get their business ducks in a row. It’s a practical course to help you build a sustainable, profitable therapy business.

Mentoring and clinical supervision are close to my heart as
I understand the unique challenges paediatric OTs face in their business and family life. I’ve created The Kids OT POD, offering professional online development and a supportive like-minded community for paediatric OTs.

Qualifications & Awards

I hold a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from Charles Sturt University, as well as a Master of Health Science
in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney.

2018 – 2019 Top 10 Australian Kids Blogs and Websites

2018 MidCoast Business Awards

Winner –
Excellence in Health & Wellbeing

Runner-up –
Business of the Year

Highly Commended –
Excellence in Professional Services

2017 – MidCoast Business Awards

Finalist –
Business Leader

Winner –
Excellence in Professional Services

Highly Commended –
Excellence in Health & Wellbeing

2016 – Manning, Great Lakes, Gloucester Business Awards

Finalist –
Business Leader

What’s Important to Me


I never settle for second best


Empowering you is what matters


Walking the journey with you

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I’m a lifelong learner and course junkie

I put the TRY in triathlon – I’ve run three half-marathons

I love year-round ocean swims – yes, even in winter