APM is committed to enabling better lives for New Zealanders of all ages, including tamariki

Our team of experienced professionals provide services to help reduce the functional impact
of illness, injury (physical and/or psychological), disability and developmental delay.

APM supports tamariki to reach their full potential by working with families in their home, community or
educational settings.

Our therapists work with tamaraki who have sensory, motor, communication, learning and behavioural difficulties to enable them to do the things they want and need to do as part of everyday life.

These include:

  • mobilising
  • fine and gross motor coordination
  • personal cares, sleep, toileting, dressing, eating and drinking
  • attention, learning and behaviour at home, kindy, school
  • participation and social skills
  • language and communication skills
  • equipment and environmental adaptations
When you choose APM, you gain access to highly skilled and experienced paediatric therapists who are dedicated to delivering excellent service. Our team includes:
  • occupational therapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • nurses
  • psychologists
  • child development coaches
  • dietitians

What is the cost of an assessment?

This will vary based on the needs of your child, their age, the assessment tools used and the reporting requirements. Below are some indicative costs but please contact us for more information.

  • Therapy consultations - from $172.50 incl. GST
  • Sleep consultation and recommendations
  • Daily living skills assessment
  • Handwriting assessment and school report - all from $250 incl. GST

Depending on your tamariki’s age and developmental issues a more complex assessment involving functional standardised assessment tools might be required. Costs will vary and prices are available on request.

Not sure how APM Tamariki can help you? Contact us today for a free phone consultation with one of our tamariki therapists.

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Our therapists


Occupational Therapist

Nikki is a gentle and relaxed therapist who understands the importance of tamariki feeling comfortable and learning through play. She understands that every child is uniquely motivated, therefore she will assist them to reach their goals through meaningful activities which connect with their personal interests. Nikki believes for therapy to be truly sustainable it must be enjoyable and supported by whanau and the child's wider support network.

Nikki has been practising since 2010 across a variety of settings in both Australia and New Zealand. She has a special interest in Paediatrics, working closely with children who have; developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing difficulties, and/or challenges in completing activities of daily living.

Nikki can assist your child if they are having challenges with everyday tasks, such as keeping up with their same-aged peers, emotional regulation, self-cares and play activities.


Occupational Therapist

Jo has practised as an occupational therapist with children and young people (1-21 years old) and their families since 1999. She thoroughly enjoys working with pepi (babies), tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) in their natural settings, working across home, education or external support placements, to support participation in activities that are important to them.

Jo has worked as a senior clinician in child development, special education, community based early intervention and school aged/youth teams. Her passion is getting to know what is important for you and your child and working together to reach those goals. You will often find Jo covered in shaving cream, pulling kids on scooter boards or squishing someone with a gym ball.

Jo has particular interests in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurodiversity, trauma informed practice and sensory processing. If you have concerns about your child’s development or want to explore ways to help them manage daily activities such as school, sleep or managing big emotions, don’t hesitate to get in touch for an informal chat.



Josie is a Physiotherapist and graduated from the University of Otago in 2010. She has been a part of the APM team since 2016. Josie has completed a Level 1 Paediatric Physiotherapy professional course and continues to develop her skills with any opportunity that arises. Josie has a range of paediatric experience and has a strong interest in brain injury in the paediatric population.

Josie enjoys working along children and whānau to help them to grow, develop and achieve their goals. Josie can assess and treat the physiotherapy needs of your child and will work closely with the APM team, to ensure a quality service is provided.


Clinical Psychologist

Kate is a Clinical Psychologist. She has an extensive background working with tamariki / rangitahi and their families both in this country and overseas. These include working in a number of paediatric settings with focus of neurodevelopment, mental health/emotional wellbeing and the interaction between physical and emotional health. Her aim is to support children/young people and their families to increase their understanding of their strengths, challenges and to support their wellbeing and development.



Marinda is an ex teacher who not only taught a culturally diverse group of children, including those challenged by special needs, exceptional traumatic lives and learning challenges, but also young adults. This sparked Marinda’s passion further never to give up looking until a solution has been found and encouraged her to pursue her studies as a psychologist.

In our current world children and young adults are expected to enter into a competitive and turbulent world of rapid changes. Skills that are needed would be flexibility, versatility, innovation, creativity, self motivation (to enable a child to make his or her own choices and act on them) social skills (this includes respecting one self as well as understanding and respecting others and their values and cultures), emotionally competent (to be compassionate towards others, to understand and manage uncomfortable emotions), courage and confidence (to be responsible to be able to learn from their mistakes and to keep on trying).

Marinda’s  passion to make a difference and live up to her purpose in life (to give all people the spark of hope that ignites the process of continuous change in their lives and the lives of others) encourages her to create a safe and secure environment with a playful approach to help and support children and young adults to develop these qualities but also to approach difficult and uncomfortable issues.  Marinda enjoys a variety of areas such as neuro-development, trauma, attachments, emotional difficulties and academically difficulties.


Occupational Therapist

I am an Occupational Therapist and graduated from AUT in 2017. I joined the APM Internship in 2018 and have recently started working within the APM Tamariki team.

I attended an Occupational Therapy Paediatric course in March 2019 in Melbourne which had a focus on enabling children to become independent within their everyday activities. I am continuing to develop my skills and currently completing Postgrad paper on childhood trauma.

I am a sensitive therapist who enjoys working along alongside children of any age and enjoys a focus on play and understanding sensory needs. I love running, hiking travel yoga and spending time with my 13 month old niece Ella!

Kanika Naug

Child development professional

I am a Child Development professional with M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Child Development.

I taught undergrad students at University of Delhi, India before moving to New Zealand. My years of teaching child development have brought me in contact with hundreds of students with aspirations to work in the field of child development, psychology, policy work, schools and early childhood studies.

My vision is how we can best understand and create the best social structures that envelop the child and support and enhance the capacity of families to nurture healthy development of their children. My focus areas have been studying development in context, developmental assessment of young children, and, influence of socialization agents on children’s cognitive and social development.

I believe in fostering parenting skills and promoting resilience in families with goals of achieving best outcomes for our Tamariki.

Although, the entire developmental span interests me, I am fascinated by the preschool age and like working with this age group as they develop readiness for school and formal learning. I believe that child rearing, child development and learning are inextricably linked.

Interestingly, my decision to move to this country was mainly driven by the fact that this is the best country in the world to bring up children.

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