Deb Hopper


My name is Deb Hopper and I’m the founder and driving force behind Life Skills 4 Kids.

As an Occupational Therapist practising in Forster on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW, I am truly passionate about helping children overcome sensory and emotional issues, and empowering their families to deal with the stresses of their day-to-day lives.

I want to see EVERY child achieve their full potential.

As the mother of two energetic boys, one of whom struggles with learning difficulties and sensory processing issues, I totally get the challenges faced by families who find themselves in similar situations. And I have developed some great processes and strategies that can help you to make sense of your child’s behaviour, and understand why things can suddenly go from peace to panic.

Because knowing why is the key.

I’ve had 20 years’ experience observing and helping children and families cope with life; I’ve even written some best-selling books on the subject:

Autism Parenting Magazine
And I’ve been honoured to receive several business awards for my work, including Business Leader, Excellence in Health and Well-being, and Excellence in Professional Services. I’ve also been a Regional Finalist in the NSW Business Chamber Awards (Mid North Coast) numerous times.

But I’m just a regular wife and mum, too, and I have my own fun ways of dealing with my sometimes-crazy life. For instance:

  • I love year-round ocean swims at sunrise – yes, even in winter!
  • I put the TRY in triathlon – I’m not very fit or fast, but I’ve achieved one half-marathon
  • I hope to run the Melbourne half-marathon later this year
  • I try my therapy tricks on my energetic kids every day!

I’m passionate about helping other mums, whether they be here in my local community, or in the far corners of the planet.

And I hope my contribution will reach parents, teachers and therapists wherever they are in the world. That would give me the greatest sense of achievement and satisfaction.

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