About Us

Occupational Therapist and Owner

I’m Ellena and I live in Sydney, Australia with my husband and two young children. I have over 15 years experience working as an occupational therapist with young people, predominantly in the autism space.

I currently work in private practice supporting kids both in special and mainstream school settings with a range of information processing difficulties.

I love, love seeing toys and therapy equipment put to good use and always feel a tad disappointed when I see items gathering dust in family cupboards. There is often so much good stuff around waiting to be used to build play skills! But families tell me they feel unclear about how to best use products to build, for example, their child’s communication or fine motor skills.

I started Kids Develop Store out of a passion for sharing awesome products I’ve tried and tested and to help families save time planning and second-guessing how to connect with and help their kids.

Find products to support attention, as well as games and books to help stages of play, including waiting and turn taking and pretend play.

Products in store are suitable for parents, educators and health professionals. I want to see equipment in homes and schools valued and put to good use. Let’s help young people have positive play and social experiences!

Happy playing and learning!

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