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Paula Vance

Paula Vance

Behaviour Therapist

My journey and passion supporting children and their families began in 2010 when I lived and worked in Hong Kong. While there I had the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team of occupational therapists, physical therapists, behaviour analysts, and teachers in a centre specialising in supporting autistic children and where I received extensive training to provide 1-1 centre and home-based therapy, special education playgroups, and weekly social groups for autistic teenagers. I have continued my growth and development in my work with Act to Connect, learning never stops.

My area of speciality is supporting children to communicate and advocate for their needs, desires and values. I incorporate play as a natural and engaging space for language acquisition, allowing for authentic and enjoyable communication experiences. It is such a privilege to be a part of each child’s journey, celebrating every step towards growth in new skills, independence, confidence, self-expression and empowerment.

In addition to my professional experience, I have personal experience loving, supporting and advocating for my own Neurodivergent child, who has gifted me with wisdom, compassion and understanding beyond my professional experience. It is the combination of my professional and personal experience that have shaped the values that guide my work. I value and am dedicated to creating a safe and empowering space for all my clients and am committed to individualised approaches which best support my clients in developing coping strategies, communication skills and build meaningful connections with the world and people around them whom they value.

Outside of work I have spent many years travelling and adventuring around the world and now I spend most of my time enjoying the everyday mini adventures with my two little ones.