Carien Sabey's profile

Carien Sabey BOcc Ther Honours Advanced Ayres Sensory Integration Practitioner PgDip Sensory Integration Meaning of the Child Child Attachment and Play Assessment Adult Attachment Interview

Stepping Stones Occupational Therapy Ltd

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).

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Advanced Occupational Therapist in Sensory Integration, and Trauma and Attachment

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Phone: +447500199479

Email: [email protected]

Web: You can find me on Facebook: @SteppingStonesOTLtd



  • Child or adolescent
  • Adult 25 +
  • Young person (18-25)
  • Sensory integration
  • Education/Schools
  • Paediatrics
  • Advice about access, bathroom &/or kitchen adaptations or equipment Home adaptations for independent living
  • Advice around specialist equipment or in modifying your home to maximise independence
  • Practical strategies/treatment to overcome daily challenges caused by illness, accident, recent diagnosis or ageing.
  • Stress-related support
  • Learning Disability or Autism in adults
  • Paediatric disability assessments and parental support
  • Specialist seating/equipment for children
  • Neurological conditions expertise
  • Assessment, advice and support for children
  • Autism expertise
  • ADHD expertise
  • Dyslexia expertise
  • Therapy for hand writing difficulties
  • Specialist support and expertise around anxiety disorders or challenging behavior
  • Education, Health & Care (EHC) plans: advice/assessment
  • OT Assessments and interventions on behalf of a case manager
  • Specific treatment interventions for a case manager
  • Expert witness assessment/reports
  • Reduction in Local Authority waiting lists
  • Bespoke training programmes
  • Mentoring or supervision

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