Doctor Caroline Mills

Doctor Caroline Mills

Lecturer, Occupational Therapy,
Occupational Therapy

Biography

Caroline graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2003. Caroline has 13 years of clinical experience working with children and families in schools, family homes and other community settings in Australia and The UK. In 2008, Caroline was selected as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) and relocated to China to serve as the first occupational therapist at The Shenzhen Autism Society. Caroline returned from China in 2009 to work as a school occupational therapist and positive behaviour support clinician for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

Caroline holds a Master of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University and a PhD from The University of Sydney. Her thesis title was Classroom based sensory processing intervention for children with autism. In 2013, Caroline was awarded The Aspect Elizabeth Hoyles Fellowship for her research and in 2016, Caroline was appointed an Aspect Practice Specialist in recognition of her experience and leadership in sensory processing practice and research.

Caroline has presented papers at numerous Australian and International conferences in autism, intellectual disability, sensory processing, positive behaviour support and school based occupational therapy. Caroline has been invited to present papers and workshops at The Singapore Autism Congress, Asia Pacific Autism Conference and The Australian Autism in Education Conference. Caroline’s research is published in Australian and international peer reviewed journals.

 

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MAppLing Macquarie University
  • BAppSc(OT) University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) (2012 - 2018)
  • Occupational Therapy Australia (2009 - 2018)

Awards

  • School of Science and Health Research Impact Competition- Winner 2019-07-04
  • Nominated- Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)- Advancement Award 2016-07-01

Interests

  • Autism
  • Disability
  • Sensory Processing
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Occupational Therapy

Committees

  • Occupational Therapy Australia- National Paediatric Steering Commitee

Contact

Email: Caroline.Mills@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
Mobile:
Location: Campbelltown

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400162 Child and Adolescent Occupations, 2018
  • 400916 Occupational Justice, 2019

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Michail, E., Mills, C. and Coxon, K. (2021), 'The impact of the sensory form on confidence and competence in occupational therapy students : a quasi-experimental study', Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Mills, C., Chapparo, C. and Hinitt, J. (2021), 'Impact of a sensory activity schedule intervention on cognitive strategy use in autistic students : a school-based pilot study', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol 84, no 12 , pp 775 - 784.
  • Mills, C., Chapparo, C. and Hinitt, J. (2020), 'Letter to the editor RE: Novak and Honan (2019)', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol 67, no 1 , pp 94 - 94.
  • Mills, C., Michail, E. and Bye, R. (2020), 'A survey of occupational therapists on a new tool for sensory processing', Occupational Therapy International, vol 2020 .
  • Mills, C., Chapparo, C. and Hinitt, J. (2020), 'The impact of sensory activity schedule (SAS) intervention on classroom task performance in students with autism : a pilot randomised controlled trial', Advances in Autism, vol 6, no 3 , pp 179 - 193.
  • Mills, C. and Chapparo, C. (2018), 'Listening to teachers : views on delivery of a classroom based sensory intervention for students with autism', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol 65, no 1 , pp 15 - 24.
  • Mills, C. and Chapparo, C. (2017), 'Use of perceive, recall, plan, perform stage two cognitive task analysis for students with autism and intellectual disability : the impact of a sensory activity schedule', Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, vol 10, no 3 , pp 232 - 253.
  • Mills, C., Chapparo, C. and Hinitt, J. (2016), 'The impact of an in-class sensory activity schedule on task performance of children with autism and intellectual disability : a pilot study', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol 79, no 9 , pp 530 - 539.
  • Mills, C. and Chapparo, C. (2016), 'Use of an in-class sensory activity schedule for a student with autism : critical case study', Creative Education, vol 7 , pp 979 - 989.

Conference Papers

  • Mills, C., Chapparo, C. and Hinitt, J. (2019), 'Home and school sensory processing in children with autism : a correlational study', Occupational Therapy Australia. National Conference and Exhibition , Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Mills, C. and Chapparo, C. (2017), 'A randomised controlled trial of classroom based sensory activity schedule intervention for children with autism', Occupational Therapy Australia Conference, Perth, W.A..
  • Mills, C. and Chapparo, C. (2017), '"She's bouncing off the walls, if we could just get that under control..." : teacher experiences of a classroom based sensory intervention for students with autism', Occupational Therapy Australia Conference, Perth, W.A..
  • Jones, F., Kathrada, A., Mills, C., Brown, N., Coe, R., Froude, E., Joosten, A., Layton, N., Riach, C., Springfield, L. and Vale, L. (2015), 'Paediatric scope of practice : an update', Occupational Therapy Australia. National Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Mills, C. (2015), 'Positive behaviour support for people with autism spectrum disorders : occupational therapy's valuable contribution', Occupational Therapy Australia. National Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Mills, C., Chapparo, C. and Hinitt, J. (2015), 'The impact of an in-class sensory activity schedule (SAS) on cognitive strategy use for five children with autism and intellectual disability', Occupational Therapy Australia. National Conference, Melbourne, Vic..

Other Publications

  • 2022, ''Thrown Out Into the World': Transition to Post Schooling for Autistic Young People', Report
  • 2021, 'Exploring the Benefits of the Evenness Virtual Reality-Based Sensory Room', Report

my research looks into supporting children and adults with disabilities, particularly autism to participate in their communities and be included. I have conducted research in a wide range of schools to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities. 

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Current Projects

Title: Quantitative Analysis of Theratrak Usage
Funder:
  • Theratrak Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Caroline Mills, Karen Liu and Paul Fahey
Years: 2022-05-06 - 2023-04-30
ID: P00027957

Previous Projects

Title: Exploring the benefits of virtual reality-based sensory rooms - TV
Funder:
  • NSW Treasury
  • Devika Opsco Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Caroline Mills and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2020-08-01 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00026711
Title: Transition to work for recent school leavers on the Autism Spectrum: Experiences, barriers and enablers
Funder:
  • Northcott Disability Services
Western Researchers: Caroline Mills, Nicole Sharp and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2020-04-20 - 2022-12-24
ID: P00026512

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