Dr Helga Abernethy's profile

Dr Helga Abernethy B Occupational Therapy BSc Psychology Honours PhD I am a certified provider of The Listening Program I attended training courses in sensory integration, autism and handwriting.

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 at The University of Pretoria, South Africa. I am passionate about identifying and treating sensory processing difficulties, as this is an area that can easily be overlooked or masked by other diagnosis. Sensory processing difficulties often accompany difficulties in various other areas and require a holistic approach. I therefore work with children that experience difficulties in the areas of sensory processing, emotional-regulation, fine and gross motor skills, coordination, visual perception and handwriting. I provide assessments and intervention that can include individual 1:1 treatment sessions, home programmes/sensory diets and advice to parents and school.

I also have extensive experience in the area of adult mental health and sensory processing difficulties and therefore offer assessment and advice to adults with sensory processing difficulties.

I have experience in presenting lectures, delivering presentations at The Autism Show and the OT Show on invitation. I enjoy providing training sessions to parents and schools on the topics of sensory processing difficulties and behaviour, self-regulation and the development of fine and gross motor skills.

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B Occupational Therapy, PhD

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Phone: 07812 731178

Email: [email protected]




  • Child or adolescent
  • Young person (18-25)
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Supervision
  • Training
  • Autism/ADHD
  • Education/Schools
  • Paediatrics
  • Assessment, advice and support for children
  • Autism expertise
  • Therapy for hand writing difficulties
  • Bespoke training programmes
  • Mentoring or supervision
  • Regular supervision for independent practitioners
  • Coaching/Mentoring

Contact Dr Helga Abernethy