Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
Alison qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2016, with an MSc Occupational Therapy from the University of East Anglia. Ever since her first experience of working with children at a holiday scheme for children with additional needs, back in 2004, Alison has always known this was her passion and has pursued a career in this field ever since.
Alison has 8 years’ experience working in brain injury rehabilitation with children and young people with cerebral palsy, acquired/traumatic brain injury and brain tumours. Prior to this Alison worked with young people with Autism and neuro-developmental conditions, in their homes, the community and residential care and holds a PGCert in Autism Education (2011).
She’s worked in a number of services since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, initially in adult forensic brain injury rehabilitation, and community equipment services, whilst building up a portfolio of work in independent paediatric occupational therapy. Alison offers assessment and intervention to children, group therapy sessions from handwriting and motor skills to sensory needs, and workshops for parents, carers and school staff.
Alison has worked with children and young people from 0-25, with a variety of conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism and Asperger’s, SPD, brain injury, hypermobility, developmental delay, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, genetic syndromes and Down’s Syndrome amongst other conditions and mental health difficulties. She’s keen to practice in line with current evidence and best practice, and has presented at several conferences on the topic of using assistive technology and schedules in brain injury rehabilitation. Alison regularly attends training and conferences to further develop her knowledge and skills.
Alison has a strong interest in functional goal setting with families, understanding the family’s everyday life and supporting the child to increase their occupational participation. Using a person-centred approach devised for each individual child, Alison works with all members of the family to support the child to develop and achieve.
Alison uses mindfulness and motivational interviewing approaches to empower young people to take ownership of their goals and engage in the therapy process. Alison has experience working in schools, and understands the EHC process, providing advice, training and supporting evidence for teachers around managing sensory needs, handwriting, motor skills, accessing the curriculum, and use of equipment in schools. In addition, Alison has an extensive knowledge of specialist equipment available for children with complex physical needs, and has positive links with companies across Lincolnshire to arrange demonstrations and assessments in people’s homes and schools.
Alison is a reliable and approachable occupational therapist who is passionate about enabling children and young people to reach their full potential.