Nicolette Soler is our Clinical Lead at Stepping Stones Therapy for Children and has been enjoying living in Newcastle since moving from Sydney in 2021.
Nicolette is a registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience in the field of paediatrics. She was born in South Africa and graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2005 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy). After working in an early intervention preschool (The Talk Shop) as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Nicolette immigrated to Australia in 2008. Nicolette has just completed her PhD through The University of Sydney this year, following research with children with tic disorders and their families since 2007. Her passion and PhD topic relate to investigating a novel assessment and treatment approach for children with tic disorders.
Nicolette has published her research in a number of Q1 journals and presented her findings at several national and international conferences. She has also been awarded a number of research grants and scholarships, including the Health Education and Training Institute Mental Health Allied Health Research Scholarship.
Passionate about helping children to achieve their potential, Nicolette believes in a family-centred and play-based approach. Through her experience working as the senior occupational therapist on the Developmental Disabilities Team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nicolette brings extensive experience in working with children of all ages and levels of ability, particularly children with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and intellectual disabilities.
Nicolette has a special interest in family and child attachment, self-regulation skills, play and tic disorders. Nicolette is committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based care to her clients and values working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Nicolette has undertaken additional training in the Alert Program® (program using sensory motor strategies for emotional regulation), Advanced play courses, developmental trauma, sensory processing, feeding therapy (SOS), Wilbarger Brushing Protocol for sensory defensiveness, Therapeutic Listening Program, DIR Floor Time training, handwriting remediation, and visual perceptual training in addition to other training. As Clinical Lead, Nicolette provides regular supervision and mentoring to the other members of our Stepping Stones team.