Noah’s Ark Occupational Therapist receives Excellence Award

Image of Shirley holding her awardCongratulations to Shirley McInnes, an Occupational Therapist at Noah’s Ark WA, who was honoured by Developmental Occupational Therapy WA with an award of excellence in paediatric occupational therapy in Western Australia earlier this month.

We asked Noah’s Ark WA Team Leader Susan Glasson why she thinks Shirley is a worthy recipient of this award.

“Shirley has a fabulous manner with children, parents and professionals. She goes above and beyond to share techniques and background information and supports all team members as well as students and volunteers.

Shirley is an outstanding occupational therapist and is not afraid to extend the experiences of Noah’s Ark’s smallest members by encouraging them out their comfort zones in a friendly and assertive manner.

Image of Shirley seated on the floor beside a parent and her child with play toys and communication boardNothing is too much trouble for Shirley. She is a master at improvising to make something for a particular child to teach a specific skill. She blends traditional techniques with new ideas and is constantly researching and updating her knowledge in the fields of paediatrics, disabilities, inclusion and therapies.

I can only imagine the extent of reach and impact her support and expertise has had for children and their families during the past 50 years as a practicing paediatric occupational therapist.”

We are thrilled to have this dedicated professional as a member of our team.

The Noah’s Ark Toy Library for children with disability and additional needs provides resources and information to help families and agencies promote children’s development through play. Our staff are experienced in working with children with developmental challenges and their families and are always on hand to provide information and advice.

To find out more about Noah’s Ark Toy Library visit

Image of a question mark with a smiling faceDid you know? The Noah’s Ark Toy Library has a new online borrowing system which allows toy library members the ability to view, book and order toys and resources online. You can access this online system from the Noah’s Ark WA website here.

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