Mari Carmen Escribano


Senior Occupational Therapist, Director
BAppSc (OT) Cumb, BA (Hons Psych) Syd, MNSWAOT, ACCOT
Provider No: 2599191W

Mari Carmen Escribano has been working with children for over 25 years. Prior to starting Parks Clinic in 1990, she has worked in mental health, schools for children with additional needs, and in community health. She was a consultant to the Department of Education for the planning and development of support units for students with additional needs in mainstream schools. She was also a consultant to the Department of Home and Community Health for the development of an assessment kit for home modifications. She is a certified therapist in the evidence based Cognitive Orientation for daily Occupational Performance Approach (CO-OP). She has also had training in parent coaching, developing play skills, sensory differences, ADHD, ASD, DIR Floortime, Handwriting Without Tears, visual perception and working memory.

Mari Carmen has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Developmental delay
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Joint Hypermobility
  • ADHD
  • Handwriting and Written expression disorders
  • Gifted-learning disabled students (also known as 2e or twice exceptional)
  • Learning difficulties
  • School readiness
  • Behavioural and Social skills difficulties
  • Visual-Perceptual difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory differences
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Home modifications
  • Prescription of aids and equipment
  • Occupational Therapy student training
  • Teacher in-services

Mari Carmen begins the therapeutic relationship by discussing the areas of difficulty with the child and their parents. An assessment is then conducted to establish a baseline of the child’s skills, their strengths and weaknesses, and their areas of interest. As a certified CO-OP therapist, she engages the child in formulating treatment goals and guides them towards developing strategies to reach their goals. The CO-OP approach engages the child’s motivation which is essential in generalising skills to home, school and other areas of the child’s life. As well as working collaboratively with the child’s parents, Mari Carmen engages with their teachers and other health professionals involved.

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