Cairns Autism Management

At Wellness Embodied, our team of allied health professionals includes experienced physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and remedial massage therapists. We’re committed to providing personalised Cairns autism management programs and treatment, to deliver best outcomes for each of our clients and their unique and presenting needs.


Research shows that children and young people on the autism spectrum, are at risk of low levels of physical activity, and high levels of sedentary behaviours. This puts them at risk of diseases associated with inactivity, as well as limits their opportunities for social engagement. That’s why our Cairns autism management approach, specifically addresses movement and function.


Occupational therapy (OT) is another valuable resource in managing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for children and adults. By focusing on enhancing daily living skills and addressing sensory integration, OT interventions can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life. Through tailored therapies and interventions, occupational therapy plays a pivotal role in enabling individuals with ASD to thrive.


Our approach to Cairns autism management is to tailor individualised treatment plans, to deliver best outcomes for specific needs. We strongly value hands on therapies, to help relieve pain and management of sensory issues. Our team are experienced at a range of modalities and will select the best one, to maximise your treatment. These may include play therapy, craniosacral therapy, occupational therapy, osteopathic techniques or remedial massage.


Autism is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels and interacts with others, and experiences their environment. It’s a lifelong disability that starts when a person is born and stays with them into old age. Every person with autism is different to the other. This is why autism is described as a ‘spectrum’. Some of the frequent symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lack of social or emotional exchanges like pointing, smiling and showing you things.
  • Lack of non-verbal communication, such as nodding and shaking head, using hand gestures etc.
  • Difficulty developing and maintaining relationships appropriate to the age, such as peer play, lack of close friends.
  • Strongly reactive to sensory input such as sound, pain or textures.


To develop an appropriate Cairns autism management plan for each client, we complete a range of assessments. This includes a BOT-2 assessment, which provides the tools to benchmark a child’s fundamental motor skills, such as balancing, running, strength and agility, and is suitable for those aged 4-21. We can also provide Functional Capacity Assessment in clinic or at your home, to assist you with a report on your current state and guide you in future goal setting.

All of our plans are designed to improve overall levels of physical activity, as well as to promote early identification of movement difficulties, facilitating early access to specialised interventions and promoting better outcomes for patients with autism. Accurate assessments and comprehensive reporting can help NDIS clients receive appropriate funding, to support their treatment and care. Our treatment is suitable for children and adults.


Referrals are not necessary to book an assessment or session with any of our allied health professionals. Our team are uniquely qualified and positioned to provide movement and physical activity interventions, to people at various stages on the autism spectrum.

In addition to in clinic support and treatment, we also have availability for our physiotherapists to provide home visits to clients who are under NDIS or privately paying. In addition, our occupational therapist can support children to develop essential skills like fine motor abilities, sensory processing and more. For adults our OT concentrates on refining vocational skills, social engagement, and adapting to workplace demands, empowering them to navigate and excel in various environments.

Please contact us with any queries regarding our Cairns autism management services on 07 4231 9777 or book online.

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Our Cairns Autism Management

Nicolas Olguin - Physiotherapist

Nicolas is very interested in neurological and respiratory conditions. He provides support and treatment to patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and more.

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Chloe Beresford - Occupational Therapist

Chloe enjoys working with people of all ages, and is passionate about helping people to engage in activities that are important to them. Chloe believes a person’s unique experience, support network, culture, beliefs and interests must be considered throughout the therapy process.

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Chris Alcorn - Provisional Psychologist

Always person centered, Chris has trained in the use of both Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and uses these to help his clients work through life’s challenges. Chris also has a background in behaviour support, assisting individuals and families experiencing behaviours of concern.

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Jesse Booysen - Occupational Therapist

Jesse understands that each person has a unique set of goals and interests, and aims to support them to participate fully in those activities. She is passionate about tailoring her practice to complement the needs and preferences of her clients.

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Kate Jeremy - Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Kate loves to find a way to meet a client where they are at and believes that everyone’s approach to exercise should be different. She loves to help patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, mental health struggles, back pain, musculoskeletal issues and more.

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Ranjita Shetty - Occupational Therapist

Ranjita provides paediatric occupational therapy, adult mental health services, assessments and rehabilitation.

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Sam Pugh - Allied Health Assistant

Sam is experienced with working with children with special needs, aged care, rehab and hydrotherapy.

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They have great physios, who get to know you as a person, not just your illness. They also do nice little personal touches, like sending you a birthday message or checking in via text to see you're ok after a treatment.


I presently visit 3 different staff members and I find what they are helping me with, always improves my situation. They really care for me as a person, and I appreciate that! The admin girls are like friends - laughing and talking with me. I feel like I'm coming to visit family when I walk through the door. I love your business' dedication to community also


I was impressed with the all-round service, not just physio, but also nutrition and exercise and breathing


I love the team and the space at Wellness Embodied and can't thank everyone enough for the amazing work they do


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