Rachael Gartland

About Me


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


Training (processes)


  • 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)
  • 2017:
  • ASD study day (UoN)
  • Parenting our extraordinary children- the magic and the challenges (Carrie Grant)
  • P4C – Partnering for change (Sahana Bolton)
  • 2018:
  • 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)
  • 2019:
  • ADHD: Daydream believer to high achiever. (Jannine Harris, ADHD Wise UK)
  • Kinetic Letters Handwriting Programme (Margaret Williamson)
  • Sensory Attachment Intervention- SAI introduction (Eadaoin Bhreathnach)
  • Inside I’m Hurting -Trauma and attachment in schools (Louise Bomber)
  • Diagnosisng and treating Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) (Dyspraxia UK)
  • Autism (Debby Elley)