Deb Hopper

Recognised Expert

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NSW Australia
- Bachelor Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy Charles Sturt Uni),
- Master of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy (University of Sydney)

Graduate of Meet the Press Masterclass (Kate Engler)
Founder & Small Business Owner, Occupational Therapist, Author, Trainer
24 years as a paediatric and mental health Occupational Therapist
16 years as a small business owner in OT private practice
14 years online developing online courses and memberships for parents, educators and occupational therapists

Print media:
Body and Soul Magazine: Contributort to parenting article
Great Health Guide: Regular writer for 2 years
Take 5 Magazine
Autism Parenting Magazine
The Latch Contributor - -,

ABC Mid North Coast Local Radio
Rhema FM Newcastle
Radio 2RE

Prime Local News (Mid North Coast)
Toddlers to Teens TV presenter

Children's anxiety
Children's behaviour
Sensory processing disorder
Building resilience
Back to school after lockdown anxiety
Post Covid anxiety in children
My labradoodle, family, reading, stand up paddle boarding.
A visionary at heart, Deb’s ambition is to empower OTs, parents and educators to make sense of kids’ behaviour to help them understand the WHY behind challenging behaviour.

Think of her as the Behaviour Detective who digs down into the nitty-gritty of life to find the real reasons for kids’ challenging behaviour.

It’s important to understand that “behaviours” are really kids asking for help and support. And it’s up to us to correctly interpret the clues so we can help kids reach their full potential and thrive.

As the author of the book Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety described by Maggie Dent as the best, most comprehensive and practical book to help kids with anxiety, Deb help kids with anxiety increase confidence, build resilience and transition back to school and into the new “covid normal”.

She has also authored a number of books and online courses including :
- Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety: Superstar Practical Strategies
- Alex Learns that Changes are OK
- Fireworks Freakout
- Reducing Meltdowns and Improving Concentration- The Just Right Kids Technique
- Sensory Songs for Tots CD

Parenting expert Maggie Dent describe's Deb's book as:

"This is quite simply the best, most comprehensive and practical book I have ever read to help teach children - and many grownups - how to manage anxiety. It is written in an easy to read way with lots of fabulous graphics. This brilliant book needs to be in every home, every school and every library." (Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety: Superstar Practical Strategies)

Deb has won numerous business awards yearly through the Mid Coast Business Awards and Deb was a finalist at the Mid North Coast Regional Business awards for her work.

Deb loves her work with kids and families 1:1 in her clinic and also supports many therapists Australia wide through clinical coaching, running online memberships for professionals and parents.