Matt

Matthew

Education/Qualifications: I’ve been a checkout attendant, classical percussionist, music teacher, burger flipper, zipline guide, personal trainer, arborist, and probably some other stuff - but for the last 7 years, I’ve been forming connections and making spaces that support neurodivergent kids to feel seen, be kind to themselves, curious about their experiences, and have fun!

Hobbies/interests:

I am curious about anything you’re curious about! A kid at heart - I love to ask questions, explore, climb, jump, and get messy. My mind is just as active, enjoying a good thought experiment and pondering the big questions with others. You’ll usually find me either bouldering (rock climbing), at the park or beach with my pet parrot (he has a travel cage I wear as a backpack!), or head first in my latest hyperfixation/s (there’s a lot of home DIY happening at the moment!). I’m happiest when my body is moving and/or my mind is still.

Tell us about yourself? Including what you like about being a support worker

As a transgender late-identified autistic ADHD-er, my favourite part of being a support worker is being able to validate ALL kinds of emotions, expression, and play! Supporting kids to be curious, kind, and compassionate and supporting them in *their* process, I have the privilege of seeing them grow in their knowledge and confidence of who they are and what matters to them. This makes my heart happy!

Quirky questions - 

  1. In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a… Cockatoo. At the very least, a cockatoo in Lorne is certainly what I’d be if I had to choose something for the next!
  2. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is…  “Done is better than perfect.”
  3. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be… shape shifting, OR, talking to animals
  4. Cats or dogs? Birds 😀 (though I do have a cat and two bunnies, so I guess cats!)
  5. What's your favourite movie? ‘Barbie’, ‘Everything, Everywhere, All At Once’, and ‘Billy Elliot’ are the ones that first come to mind