Grace Chapman


Hello my name is Grace,

I studied Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at University of the Sunshine Coast in sunny Queensland Australia, I graduated in 2017. I have supported young people ranging from 0 – 18 years in private practice for 6 years and have seen children with a range of strengths, abilities and gifts. I returned to university in 2021 to complete a Graduate Certificate in Health Sector Leadership which has allowed me to be more aware of all areas of health at different levels.

I passionately believe in having an open and safe space to support children and families, and through using a holistic approach to therapy, allowing the network of people around each child to feel supported and empowered. I decided to join Words First because they believe in providing full access to the knowledge and skill of health professionals within the school environment allowing support and guidance to every child in the place where they spend the majority of their time.

When I am not at work you will find me barracking passionately for my AFL team Carlton Football Club, playing netball, reading or from now on discovering the UK and Europe. I have always been a bookworm so second-hand bookstores will be treasure troves for me. If I had to choose one, a book that has had a big impact on my life is Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. I love it because it taught me about the different cultures between poor and rich and also the Eastern and Western worlds, the most powerful message for me was the incredible sacrifice and dedication that is required to live the life that gives you so much joy.