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BSc Occupational Therapy
Since qualifying as an OT in 2006, my career has been focussed on paediatric work. I am profoundly Deaf and have faced many challenges both personally and professionally.
I have completed further training in a variety of areas such as postural management, handwriting and Chailey Approach to Postural management. My Postgraduate training has given me a long term aim to complete an MA focussing on Sensory Integration for Deaf children.
Through my work in paediatrics, I have gained significant experience of working with children and young people with sensory impairments along with other physical needs following brain injury and associated with conditions including Cerebral Palsy and CHARGE syndrome. Therefore, I am familiar with different types of paediatric equipment available (including wheelchairs and specialist seating) along with the extensive care requirements for moderate and severely disabled children and young people.
A large proportion of my work as a paediatric OT has involved supporting families to manage the additional needs of their children through liaising with statutory services and charities. A number of the families I have worked with have British Sign Language as their first language.
My work in an integrated NHS and Social Services team provided me with the opportunity to assess the needs of children and families and make recommendations for equipment provision along with home adaptations. The children I assessed had a very broad range of conditions including Downs Syndrome, Autism and developmental delay.
I was responsible for setting up and developing the therapy service within my current role at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education. As a team we undertake specialist comprehensive assessments and then in conjunction with the wider multi-disciplinary team we create learning programmes to suite each individual student. Goal setting and carrying out regular reviews are a key part of the therapy team's work at the academy.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.