Emma Whitby
MHlthSc(OT), BOccThy
"I'm passionate about providing therapy that is family friendly, effective and based on up-to-date research.   

Emma has worked in various paediatric occupational therapy roles since graduating from James Cook University in 2005. She has experience working within school, community health and hospital settings. Emma established Toot Toot Occupational Therapy in 2015.

She has completed a post-graduate Master of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney (2010) as well as extensive training over the past 14 years relating to the area of infant and child development, including play and self-care development, social-emotional and regulation skills, motor planning and coordination, cognition and sensory processing.

Through collaborate work with speech pathologists, dietitians, physiotherapists and medical practitioners, Emma has gained a broad range of knowledge and experience to help make sense of developmental and mealtime challenges. She readily collaborates with families' healthcare and childcare/school team, including providing updates to referring GPs/Paediatricians and supporting families to access other complementary services in the community.

Emma has attended the Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding training, including advanced workshops relating to children on the Autism Spectrum. She also recently attended the Sensational Mealtimes training in Sydney focusing on the social-emotional and sensory factors of mealtime challenges.

Emma has completed a professional certificate in DIR Floortime, a developmental framework for interdisciplinary assessment and play-based intervention with children and adults on the autism spectrum and/or with developmental needs.  

Emma is a member of the National Paediatric OT Interest Group focusing on Children Identified as 2E (Twice Exceptional: Gifted Children living with a Disability). In 2018, she co-presented at the National Paediatric Occupational Therapy Symposium on the topic of Gifted Children and their
Unique Sensory and Executive Functioning Profile. 

Emma has experience working with families of infants and children with unique developmental, medical and psychosocial needs, including children who have:
  • a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder
  • sensory processing considerations relating to how the child makes sense of touch, taste, vision, sound, movement or smell
  • developmental delays (such as delayed milestones in motor, communication or learning skills)

Emma's professional achievements include receiving the Occupational Therapy Achievement Award at JCU (2005) for highest academic results in her university cohort and Qld Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Collaborative Practice Education Commendation for excellence in supervision of undergraduate students (2010).          

Emma enjoys living in Mackay, Queensland, with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Emma loves travelling and playing at the beach and park with her kids.