Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with children on increasing independence in everyday activities. We assess and analyse where issues are arising and causing barriers, if they are physical, emotional, social or sensory.

Speech Pathology

Speech pathologists work in the areas of communication and swallowing disorders. They also assist children and families in reaching optimal function in social settings and getting along with peers by developing play and social skills.

Dietetics

Our dietitian Justine offers individual sessions and joins our Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist for our food learning clinics. Justine assists families in assessing and planning appropriate nutrition via food or supplements.

Equine & Animal Assisted Therapists

Our Equine-Assisted Therapy sessions focus on therapy goals within activities of equine care and handling. We offer training for other OTs based on our years of experience and practical approaches.

Welcome to Barefoot Therapists

Barefoot Therapists provides therapy to children on the Mornington Peninsula, and support for their families.

We offer a skilled team of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, a Dietitian and Animal & Equine-Assisted Therapists who provide a team approach to your therapy journey. A multidisciplinary team approach provides ‘best practice’ support for children and teenagers. We welcome everyone by offering a trauma aware, family focused and neurodiversity affirming practice. 

We provide services from birth right through the teens and transitioning to adulthood from our centre in Rosebud and our farm in Boneo. Indoor programs suit most children and outdoor sessions particularly suit children where the clinical environment has not been effective or motivating for them to achieve goals. Research suggests better engagement and positive outcomes for managing anxiety when animals, nature and the outdoors is part of the session.

We work with you to find the programs which best meet your child’s requirements, whether that is based at our indoor centre, our gardens, our farm, in nature or in the community.

Our Barefoot Philosophy

Our philosophy is to offer effective clinical therapy but with a ‘non-clinical’ feel. This means the kids are motivated and engaged in a wide variety of activities in helpful and fun everyday settings, meanwhile our therapists are applying approaches which have been well researched and professionally developed within a therapy framework.

A Child Safe Organisation

Barefoot Therapists are committed to implementing child-safe practises to create a culture where the safety of children is promoted, child abuse is prevented, and allegations of child abuse will be taken seriously and acted on. Barefoot Therapists comply with Child Safe Standards 2022 (the Standards) under the Cild Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic).

Barefoot Therapists

We promote a model of care across our organisation which is child centred and family sensitive.

Our Location

We are located at 1/16 Henry Wilson Drive, Rosebud (on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula) and Gadara Farm in Boneo.

Programs / Therapies

We offer Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Dietetics, Equine & Animal Assisted Therapies, Food Learning Programs & Groups

Our Animals

Barefoot has the honour of working with some amazing animals all of who have different personalities and strengths.