Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team

Sarah Stanton

Co-Founder and Centre Director 

Sarah and her husband Jason are parents of 2 beautiful children who have autism. They founded Skillz4me in 2016 to fill a much needed gap for children with a disability to participate in mainstream sports. 

She received her BA in Social Work from ACU in 2011 after beginning her studies in the USA, where she received a basketball scholarship. 

Before starting full time at Skillz4me in 2020, she worked in early diagnosis and post diagnosis support in children with ASD and developmental delays, NDIS coordination and volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and an adult disability daycare centre. 

Sarah is passionate about inclusion and supporting parents and families through early diagnosis and beyond. She is dedicated to using her knowledge and experience to support parents and families of children with mixed abilities and help reduce feelings of isolation or mental health challenges they may face.

We encourage the participation of families and siblings and seek to create a community environment where all are welcomed, included and support each other each and every day. 

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Sarah Stanton
Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Jason Stanton

Jason Stanton

Chairperson, Co-Founder and
Sports Program Director

Jason is a fierce advocate for children with disability as well as being a loving father to 2 beautiful children with autism.

He has over 25 years of experience in sports coaching across all levels of ability, including professional teams, academies, special needs and school programs. He coached the Australian Women’s Rugby team to victory in the 2009 World Cup and was an assistant to the South African Springboks’ 7’s team from 2008-11. Jason established the Cronulla Sharks Skills Academy and their first Women’s NRL team. 

In addition to a degree in Electrical Engineering, Jason is currently performing postgraduate research in ‘The response to auditory and visual stimulus in children with autism’. 

Jason’s unique blend of engineering, sports and academic skills help him to design and facilitate a range of Skills4me programs and activities that benefit children with varying disabilities and help develop motor and social skills in a fun and inclusive environment. 

Sarah Diener

Social Worker 

Sarah has a passion for working with children with disabilities and has gained experience through working as a disability support worker in various settings since 2014. 

She has worked in residential care with children who have experienced trauma and for the past 2 years has worked at St George School as a School Learning Support Officer (SLSO) working with children who have complex intellectual and physical disabilities. Sarah is excited to get to build a rapport with the families that attend Skillz4me and grow her overall experience and knowledge.

Sarah also has been volunteering as a coach since 2012, coaching kids ranging from age 7 to age 17 at club softball, representative level and at the Australian Regional Championships.

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Sarah Diener
Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Victoria Read

Victoria Read

Occupational Therapist

Victoria has 6 years experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. She specialises in working with children with disabilities and their families in community settings and has been involved with Skillz4me since 2018. 

After completing her occupational therapy degree, she also completed a Master’s degree in Developmental Disability where she conducted research on using proprioceptive sensory input to minimise undesirable behaviours for children with autism. Victoria opened her own business ‘OT for me’ in 2018 where she provides therapy to children in their natural settings.

Luisa Helwani

Early Childhood Teacher 

Luisa is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. She has extensive knowledge in child development and disabilities and is a great asset to the program.

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Luisa Helwani
Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Liam Bubb

Liam Bubb

Support Worker

Liam is a volunteer at Skillz4me. Having been diagnosed with autism at age 2, he knows how important it is for all kids to have the chance to play and loves helping the kids at Skillz do this.

Sarah Stanton

Co-Founder and Centre Director 

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Sarah StantonSarah and her husband Jason are parents of 2 beautiful children who have autism. They founded Skillz4me in 2016 to fill a much needed gap for children with a disability to participate in mainstream sports. 

She received her BA in Social Work from ACU in 2011 after beginning her studies in the USA, where she received a basketball scholarship. 

Before starting full time at Skillz4me in 2020, she worked in early diagnosis and post diagnosis support in children with ASD and developmental delays, NDIS coordination and volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and an adult disability daycare centre. 

Sarah is passionate about inclusion and supporting parents and families through early diagnosis and beyond. She is dedicated to using her knowledge and experience to support parents and families of children with mixed abilities and help reduce feelings of isolation or mental health challenges they may face.

We encourage the participation of families and siblings and seek to create a community environment where all are welcomed, included and support each other each and every day. 

Jason Stanton

Chairperson, Co-Founder and Sports Program Director

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Jason StantonJason is a fierce advocate for children with disability as well as being a loving father to 2 beautiful children with autism.

He has over 25 years of experience in sports coaching across all levels of ability, including professional teams, academies, special needs and school programs. He coached the Australian Women’s Rugby team to victory in the 2009 World Cup and was an assistant to the South African Springboks’ 7’s team from 2008-11. Jason established the Cronulla Sharks Skills Academy and their first Women’s NRL team. 

In addition to a degree in Electrical Engineering, Jason is currently performing postgraduate research in ‘The response to auditory and visual stimulus in children with autism’. 

Jason’s unique blend of engineering, sports and academic skills help him to design and facilitate a range of Skills4me programs and activities that benefit children with varying disabilities and help develop motor and social skills in a fun and inclusive environment. 

Sarah Diener

Social Worker 

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Sarah DienerSarah has a passion for working with children with disabilities and has gained experience through working as a disability support worker in various settings since 2014. 

She has worked in residential care with children who have experienced trauma and for the past 2 years has worked at St George School as a School Learning Support Officer (SLSO) working with children who have complex intellectual and physical disabilities. Sarah is excited to get to build a rapport with the families that attend Skillz4me and grow her overall experience and knowledge.

Sarah also has been volunteering as a coach since 2012, coaching kids ranging from age 7 to age 17 at club softball, representative level and at the Australian Regional Championships.

Victoria Read

Occupational Therapist

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Victoria ReadVictoria has 6 years experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. She specialises in working with children with disabilities and their families in community settings and has been involved with Skillz4me since 2018. 

After completing her occupational therapy degree, she also completed a Master’s degree in Developmental Disability where she conducted research on using proprioceptive sensory input to minimise undesirable behaviours for children with autism. Victoria opened her own business ‘OT for me’ in 2018 where she provides therapy to children in their natural settings.

Luisa Helwani

Early Childhood Teacher 

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Luisa HelwaniLuisa is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. She has extensive knowledge in child development and disabilities and is a great asset to the program.

Liam Bubb

Support Worker

Skillz4Me Family Center for Disabilities Our Team Liam BubbLiam is a volunteer at Skillz4me. Having been diagnosed with autism at age 2, he knows how important it is for all kids to have the chance to play and loves helping the kids at Skillz do this.

Volunteers

Neil Reynolds
Lilly Kelly
Liam Loveridge
Abby Fitzgerald
Jacqui Scott
Heidi Krogh

Students

Celina Aguiar
James Khadgi

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