I have 13 years post graduate experience (Graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2006). I’ve completed various post-graduate courses to improve my knowledge and skills, including training in DIR/ Floortime, 24-hour postural management, Bobath/ NDT, Child Development Trauma and Attachment. I am an Advance Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) Practitioner and currently in the process of completing my Master’s degree (Ulster University). In 2006 I presented a research study on the prevalence of depression in 17-year olds at the POTS Symposium in South Africa. From 2007 – 2008 I worked in South Africa in a rural community with adults and children with various conditions and difficulties. With limited resources, it greatly improved my ability to improvise and be creative. In 2008 I started working in the UK. I worked with adults in an acute setting and within their homes, providing rehabilitation, moving and handling solutions, and home adaptations and aids. I also worked within a vocational rehabilitation setting. In 2008 I started working in Bury St Edmunds as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) and continued in this capacity when I moved to Dumfries, Scotland in 2010. I’ve since 2010 worked with both children and adults, both in an acute setting and at home. I have work experience in both the NHS and Private sector. In my role as an Occupational Therapist I’ve provided intervention, advice, and training; and advocated for those I represent. I’ve delegated work and provided supervision and training to junior staff as well as students on practical placements. A combination of clinical skills, experience and compassion enables me to provide a service that is unique to each individual, allowing the child, young person, or adult to address those difficulties or areas that are important to them. In the therapy I provide, there is a strong emphasis on working both with children and the significant adults in their lives to foster an environment that will optimize learning, growth and development. In ASI Therapy, the emphasis is on addressing the sensory systems that underpins function and behaviour. This therapy is particularly successful as it is a bottom-up approach, child-led, fun and help children to explore, learn, build their self-esteem, and be successful in a safe and supportive environment. Attachment principles/ treatment can successfully be incorporated in ASI therapy, utilising sensory attachment intervention principles. I am based in Dumfries, but also see clients from other parts of Scotland as well as Cumbria. I provide therapy in the client’s home, nursery, school or fully equipped sensory integration therapy space (adhering to ASI Fidelity Measure Criteria).
Advanced Occupational Therapist in Sensory Integration, and Trauma and Attachment
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