Our Instructors

Fiona – Nurse

Owner/Instructor

Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)

Post Graduate Certificate Paediatrics (PMH)

Fiona has owned the Franchise since 1997. Prior to this she worked as a Registered Nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital. This is where her interest in Early Childhood Development began. She still feels very passionate about giving babies and children the best possible start in life. Gymbaroo provides the perfect environment to help parents optimise their child’s development.

Currently, Fiona is studying a Master of Health Science – Neuroscience at UWA. Fiona has tertiary qualifications in Health Science: Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), has done formal training with Gymbaroo Head Office and continues to update her knowledge through regular Gymbaroo professional development sessions and conferences.

Fiona has three children who all attended the full Gymbaroo program from the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years. Being involved in Gymbaroo as a parent was a rewarding experience and has enabled Fiona to see the program from both the instructor and parent perspectives. Fiona also attended the Jump Into Learning Consultancy (with Margaret Sasse) with one of her sons which gave him the extra skills needed to be able to attend and succeed at school. She feels all three children have benefited from the program immensely and highly recommends all parents gain knowledge of their child’s developmental needs. As a result Fiona also offers the Jump Into Learning Consultancy sessions to interested families.

In 2017 Fiona was the major award winner at the GymbaROO National Conference, winning The Margaret Sasse Outreach Award for best practice and Outstanding Services to Children in the Community 2017.

What Fiona says about Gymbaroo:
“I still cannot believe I love my job as much as I do. Gymbaroo is a fantastic environment to be in. It is always positive and we have lots of fun. The families are amazing and I feel privileged to be able to watch the children grow and develop into happy confident people before going to school. I really enjoy working in partnership with parents ensuring each child has the opportunity to develop to his/her full potential.”

Professional Development

2018 INPP International Conference “Physiological Factors Underlying Learning Success”. Madrid, May 12th & 13th.

Seminars:

Francisco Mora Teruel, MD, “Emotion and Education”.

Sally Goddard Blythe, MSc, “Is Neuromotor Immaturity increasing amongst primary school children in modern technological societies?”.

Marta Ortega Ruiz, Physiotherapist, Pd.D, “Study on retained primary reflexes in primary school students. Prevalence and description of results”.

Ewa Gieysztor, MSc Physiotherapist, “Primitive Reflexes, a basal obstacle for child development”.

Paula Tallal, Ph.D Experimental Psychology, “The role of auditory processing in language development and learning disorders”.

Jordi A. Jauset, Ph.D Communication, Telecommunication engineer and musician, “The effects of music in learning”.

Kjeld Johansen, Johansen Individualized Auditory Stimulation, “JIAS: from where, how and why”.

Alicia Bastos Sancho, Psychologist, “Effect on the evoked potentials of Johansen’s individualized auditory stimulation”.

Natash Campbell McBride, MD Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Human Nutrition, “Children’s health in the modern world”.

Victor Garcia Molina, Optometrist, “Children’s vision challenges in the digital era”.

Elisa Grininger, Teacher, “A motor intervention to improve behaviour and learning in primary school”.

Maialen Lopez Luengo, Ph.D Teacher and Psychopedagogist, “Laterality, perceptive processes and math performance in Primary School students”.

Lucia Talamini, UvA Sleep and Memory Lab, “The hidden processing potential of the sleeping brain”.

2017 GymbaROO National Conference. Kew, Sept 27th & 28th.
Seminars:
Paul Bergamo, Functional Nutritionist & Chiropractor, “Functional Neurology for Children – Neurology from Newborn to School”.

2017 JOHANSEN Individualized Auditory Stimulation. VIC, Sept 22nd to 25th.

JOHANSEN Individualized Auditory Stimulation Provider Training

2016 GymbaROO NSW State Conference. Ryde, Sept 24th & 25th.
Seminars:
Prarthna Bhuta, OT Specialist, “What to look out for when dealing with children with possible OT issues”.

Jane Williams, PhD, Research and Education Manager, GymbaROO, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, James Cook University, School of Nursing. Early years neuro-developmental specialist. “Latest Neurological Research”

2016 Completion of GymbaROO professional development unit & assessment:
Professional Development Module 2: The neurological development of children
Unit 2.5 “Linking Neurological Development to Learning”.

2016 Completion of GymbaROO professional development unit & assessment:
Professional Development Module 2: The neurological development of children
Unit 2.4 “Senses & Sensory Integration”.

2016 Completion of GymbaROO professional development unit & assessment:
Professional Development Module 2: The neurological development of children
Unit 2.3 “Moving to learn and learning to move”.

2016 Completion of GymbaROO professional development unit & assessment:
Professional Development Module 2: The neurological development of children
Unit 2.2 “Primitive reflexes”.

2016 Completion of GymbaROO professional development unit & assessment:
Professional Development Module 2: The neurological development of children
Unit 2.1 “An overview Brain development”

2015 GymbaROO/KindyROO International Conference. Kew, VIC, Sept 26th & 27th.
Seminars:
Ian McGowan, Movement and Learning Centre, Scotland. “Bilateral integration and its relationship to learning”.

Dr Michael Butson, Lecturer and Researcher, Victoria University, Melbourne.  “The latest research on the role of movement to learning”.

Tessa Rose , World leading producers of music for infants and children. TessaRose label DVDs. “Music and movement for babies to 4 year olds”.

Mandy Seigel, Singer, Voice of Life. “Voice training and communication”.

Jane Williams, PhD, Research and Education Manager, GymbaROO, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, James Cook University, School of Nursing. Early years neuro-developmental specialist. “Latest Neurological Research”

2010 Parent and professional seminar series.
Jane Williams, PhD, Research and Education Manager, GymbaROO, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, James Cook University, School of Nursing. Early year’s neuro-developmental specialist. “Not all play is equal”.