I am married and have two children myself so understand the importance of supporting children to achieve their full potential whatever that might be.
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2010 and since then have worked within the field of Paediatrics. I have been passionate about working with children for many years and believe that early intervention is very important. I am very enthusiastic about my work and find that supporting children to achieve daily tasks which others may take for granted to be very satisfying.
I initially started my journey within the NHS Peterborough Paediatric Occupational Therapy service before working independently. I have gained a range of experience working with children that have both physical and also mental health difficulties. My aim is to remain children and family centred; ensuring that individual needs are assessed and supported regardless of a diagnosis. My role is very varied and also includes supporting charities, case managers, schools and nurseries. Furthermore I am commissioned to work with a Private Paediatrician and a Psychologist to support the process of diagnosing children with neurodevelopmental difficulties.
I now have post graduate training in Sensory Integration and value this knowledge when I am assessing and providing therapy to children. I also support schools to provide a whole school approach to developing children’s skills and access to education. This can include environmental accommodations, strategies, staff training or the development of group programmes for identified students.
I am registered with the HCPC and also a member of BAOT/COT and the Sensory Integration Network. I always ensure that I keep myself up to date with current research and practice as well as receiving regular supervision and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Qualifications and Recent Training:
- BSc Occupational Therapy
- PGC Sensory Integration
- Member of Sensory Integration Network
- Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Enhanced DSB online
- Student Education
- Clinical Supervision
- Interdisciplinary Working
- ECAF Training
- EHC planning process
- Child Protection and Safeguarding
Recent Training (clinical)
- Sensory Processing Disorders (Lucy Miller)
- Diagnosing ASD in complex presentations (GOSH)
- Down’s Syndrome and behaviour management
- Postural management (Simple Stuff Works)
- Wakefield Training
- Postural Management (Symmetrikit)
- Cerebral Palsy management and treatment (Jo Coghill Paediatrician)
- Oral Motor skills and sensory feeding difficulties (NHS Peterborough SaLT and OT team)
- Attention and Engagement Autism Training (Gina Davies, Specialist SaLT)
- DIR Floortime Introduction (Denise Wilson , OT and Play Therapist)
- Eye Gaze and Assistive Technology (Inclusive Technology)
- Do we still need to Learn to Write? (Lois Addy)
- ASD study day (UoN)
- Parenting our extraordinary children- the magic and the challenges (Carrie Grant)
- P4C – Partnering for change (Sahana Bolton)
- The Autism Experience (High Five)
- Puberty in ASD (Target Autism , Ron Futuna and Angela Capper)
- Using sensory strategies to reduce restraint (Sensory Project, Kath Smith and Ros Urwin)
- Trauma and Loss (Dr Karen Treisman)
- How to make an unhappy autistics into happy adults (Dr Luke Beardon)
- ADHD: Daydream believer to high achiever. (Jannine Harris, ADHD Wise UK)
- Kinetic Letters Handwriting Programme (Margaret Williamson)