Paediatric Occupational Therapist Band 7
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy qualified in 2007
Sensory Integration modules Level 1 (December 2010) and Level 2 (July 2011) (equivalent to the current 1,2,3 modules)
Co-Op Therapist, Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) (August 2015)
2012 – present Paediatric Occupational Therapist, James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust
2010 – 2012 Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Berkshire Healthcare
2007 – 2010 Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Wycombe Primary Care Trust
2001 – 2007 Paediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant, Wycombe Primary Care Trust and Student Occupational Therapist
1988-1995 Self-employed RSA Exercise to music Fitness Instructor
I have extensive experience of working with children with difficulties with coordination (gross and fine motor), sensory processing, attention and concentration, visual perceptual, handwriting and self-care. My assessments contribute towards the Paediatric Consultants’ diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Dyspraxia. I have worked extensively with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Global Delay, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Downs Syndrome, Learning Disability, Hypermobility, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Sensory Processing.
Sensory Integration Network Course – Working with ASD Is It Sensory, Is It Behaviour 2013
Rainbow Road and Handwriting Without Tears course, and have used this intervention in Special Schools.
Sensory Integration Network (5102) Sensory Integration and Trauma In Children April 2018
Sensory Attachment Intervention Training Level 1 for Therapists December 2019
Dynamic-Maturation Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation December 2019
I supervise Occupational Therapy Assistants and oversee a coordination treatment group.
Previously worked closely with Specialist Teachers from Buckinghamshire County Council Cognition and Learning team on two joint ventures:
The Raindrops Folder: helping to produce this intervention designed for use by class teachers/SENCOs , aiming to raise the achievement of children experiencing Developmental Co-ordination Difficulties (DCD). Providing strategies to improve their performance in handwriting, organizational skills, attention and concentration, memory, drawing, tool use and PE.
Rainbow Road into schools: helping to set up and implement an intervention for children with coordination difficulties, created by Australian Occupational Therapist, Coralee Lawrence. Buckinghamshire County Council was the first local authority in the UK to deliver this package into schools.
Teaching / Training
Over the years I have provided training to parents and schools to understand the difficulties their child has, and what strategies and activities, such as exercise, fine motor groups and gross motor groups, sensory circuits, therapy, changes to the environment, sensory diets, their child needs in order to progress their skills.
Through my role in the NHS I am trained by the University of East Anglia to mentor Occupational Therapy Students.
Also through my role in the NHS I have recently attended the Barnardos Cygnet Services Training for professionals to deliver their Cygnet parenting support programme.
Continuing Professional Development
I meet the ongoing Continuing Professional Developmental standards set by the HCPC. I am keen to expand my knowledge and expertise and enjoy opportunities for further CPD training.