About Us

who we are

We are a team of experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who specialise in helping children with developmental delays, learning difficulties, balance and co-ordination difficulties, self esteem and sensory processing challenges, to reach their full potential.


SARAH DEANE  (Occupational Therapist)

Sarah is the founder and owner of The Kids’ Place. She is a NZ registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience. Sarah has spent much of her career working in Paediatrics with children with neurological conditions, brain injuries, developmental delays, and learning difficulties. As a mother of four teenage and young adult sons, Sarah understands the challenges of parenting in the modern world. Sarah uses play based therapy and intervention methods to support children who may have learning difficulties, developmental delays, neuro-motor immaturity, gross motor, fine motor, sensory, and emotional difficulties .

Sarah is dedicated to assisting each child to discover their own unique potential, to be understood by the people in their lives, and in the process assist them to develop a healthy self esteem and confidence to enjoy their place in this world.

Sarah has recently completed post-graduate courses in her areas of interest including:

  • Accreditation to use DIR®Floortime™: a play-based approach used with children focusing on developmental levels, individual differences and relationships.
  • A Certificate in Neuro-Developmental Delay conferred by the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP), Chester, UK.
  • A Certificate in Bilateral Integration from the Movement and Learning Centre, Scotland, UK.
  • Accreditation as a provider of the Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation programme, supporting children with auditory processing difficulties.
  • Sensory Integration Therapy courses including the Wilbarger Sensory Defensiveness Treatment Approach and  Traffic Jam in my Brain ( Sensory Tools, Australia ).


CAMILLA SAXBY (Physiotherapist)

Camilla is a NZ registered Physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience. Camilla has spent much of her career in Paediatrics in both the UK and NZ, and has valuable expertise working with children with developmental delays, hypotonia, motor dyspraxia or developmental coordination difficulties, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, and neuromuscular conditions.

Camilla works through play based therapy and seeks to make therapy time fun and enjoyable. Camilla has two children who keep her active, on her toes, and aware of the ever changing needs and pressures within family life.

Camilla is focused on ensuring each child she works with reach their maximal potential; encouraging and developing their self-esteem and confidence so they can achieve their goals.

Camilla’s has completed many post-graduate training programmes and attended conferences in her area of expertise and interest including;

  • Paediatric Bobath Course ( Bobath Centre, London UK )
  • Workshops Dyspraxia and Co-ordination Difficulties ( Michelle Lee, London. UK )
  • Early Assessment and Intervention for babies and young children ( Bobath Centre, London, UK)
  • Developmental Care ( with Inga Warren, UK)
  • Neuromuscular Conference, Auckland, NZ
  • NZ Pain Society Conference “Pain through the Ages” Auckland, NZ


Susi King (Occupational Therapist)

Susi trained as an OT in New Zealand and has 20 years of experience working in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and the UK. She has spent the last 15 years specialising in paediatrics, and has extensive experience working with families with children on the autistic spectrum, dyspraxia, cerebral palsy, brain injury, neurological conditions, developmental delay, learning difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, anxiety and feeding disorders.
Susi is a mother of two school aged children and Auntie to 9 nieces and nephews. She is intimately aware of the challenges of meeting the individual needs of each child within the family, school and social context.
Susi is passionate about supporting children to reach their individual potential and develop skills for life. She supports children to feel safe and understood, to develop self-esteem and independence, experience pride in their efforts and confidence to make mistakes  and learn from their experiences. Susi’s therapeutic approach is individualised and works on the basis of using the childs strengths and motivations as a key starting point for therapy.
Susi is also passionate about supporting families in their journey of raising children and finding strategies to support the unique challenges that individual families experience.
Susi loves to work on an individual basis with children and their families, as well as group work. She has extensive  experience  presenting workshops and training packages to teachers, schools, parents, carers, health professional, care organisations and commissioners.