Pooja Kannamballi

An image of Pooja Kannamballi, occupational therapist with Therapy Pro.

Occupational Therapist

Melbourne

  • Aids and Equipment Assessments
  • Autism
  • Brain Injury
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Schizophrenia
  • Speaks Language/s Other Than English
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

From a young age, Pooja Kannamballi sensed her life’s work would involve helping others to achieve.

Aa a Therapy Pro occupational therapist, Pooja works with a broad range of people, including clients with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, oppositional defiance disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, vision impairment, stroke/traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and clients with complex mental health issues anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, skin excoriation disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

Pooja places a firm emphasis on the importance of getting to know clients, to build a supportive relationship as she visits people in their own homes and other locations, helping them develop, recover, strengthen and maintain skills needed for improved daily living.

Support can include a mix of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, sensory regulation strategies, Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance, equipment prescription (both low cost and complex equipment), and minor and major home modifications.

Pooja develops independence for people through various daily living tasks including showering, dressing and toileting, domestic duties such as cooking, shopping, and cleaning, and leisure activities. With a focus on teaching and supporting new skills, using compensatory techniques, and removing environmental barriers to improve the client’s independence and/or quality of life.

Working in a person-centred way, Pooja is skilled at delivering individualised assessments and interventions for children aged between 2 and 12 years of age, which includes developing handwriting skills, fine and gross motor skills, self-care skills (including toilet training), money handling skills, safety awareness, and supporting sensory regulation strategies.

Pooja works to achieve meaningful outcomes through a number of standardised assessments including Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile, Child Sensory Profile 2, Sensory Processing Measure, Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, Allen’s Cognitive Levels Screening Tool, Assessment of Motor and Processing Skills, and Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool.

“I have always believed in a client-centred and holistic focus, seeing people in their own natural environment, really getting to know them and determining what I can do to help them using different techniques to improve their quality of life.”

Pooja also brings to the Therapy Pro team fluency in Malayalam, the language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala which may benefit and provide practical comfort to some Therapy Pro clients.

Pooja has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Assessment of Motor and Processing Skills Certification and Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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