Thank you for wanting to know a little bit more, so here we are:
I love home educating our three children, so I understand the complexities and joys of both parenting and teaching. I love to help people relax into parenting and enjoy it for all it's worth. My dear husband has Multiple Sclerosis so I know the pressures of dealing with long term situations and how we need to dig deep to enjoy life and even to cope with life sometimes. I also love singing, but that's another story!
I have a BSc Degree with Distinction in Occupational Therapy, and have worked in Europe, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I'm an international conference speaker and currently undertaking a Masters degree in Sensory Integration. As an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration, (Ayres SI Therapist) I work in three main areas:
With children who are not performing to their potential, or with parents and family members who would value extra support.
With adults that would appreciate knowing their own sensory processing patterns and learning how to manage them best.
As a training resource and consultant for those in education, clubs, and business.
What I can do for you
Assessments and treatment in the specialist area at 49 St Mark's Road, Jersey, Channel islands.
Support, training and coaching through membership website - advice, tips, how to videos, and online / telephone mentoring sessions.
Face to Face Assessment and / or Treatment
Treatments are normally for half an hour, 45 minutes or an hour. However, any preference will be accommodated as best as possible.
Sessions are weekly, bi weekly or 'intensive' 5 days a week over holiday periods.
Some people ask, "What is Occupational Therapy"?
Well, Occupational Therapists (OTs) are involved with developing the skills needed for the job of living. A specific condition or sensory and motor planning issues can affect these areas. We're trained in neurology, anatomy, physiology, human development, psychology, psychosocial development, activity-task analysis and therapeutic techniques. An OT will assess a child or adult and his/her environment and assess any task they have difficulty doing and break it down into smaller parts. The specific areas of difficulty are identified and ways of treating or working with these difficulties are put in place. In treatment, we use activities that are meaningful to the individual, or adapt the environment in order for them to function to their potential. It's a beautiful and powerful profession for enabling children and adults to gain the skills they need to meet the challenges of life.
The main areas that I address are: fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing issues and attention difficulties, coordination and motor planning.
In other words, do you or your child have difficulties with?
Doing functional tasks such as buttons / zips / laces / handwriting/ using cutlery / being able to play without breaking things / enjoying age appropriate toys / eating.
Hairwashing / haircutting / wearing new clothes / sitting still / toileting/ fidgeting / chewing, mouthing and licking things / tolerating daily noise, sights, and smells.
Being able to catch a ball / kick a ball / use a bat and ball / ride a bike / being able to sit at a table without slouching / clumsiness - bumping into things / dropping things / poor balance or can't stand on one leg/ hitting a target.
Planning new sequences of movement such as forming letters, learning to drive, or doing a new sport.
Although I don't address academic learning directly, many of these issues have a big impact on academic achievement which can often be improved by simply addressing these underlying foundational difficulties.
As a Christian, I believe God made us, "fearfully and wonderfully", and the challenges that are thrown up cause us to dig deeper into who we are, and makes us reach out to Him and others for the support we need. I believe every life is precious and invaluable. My services are open to all and won't discriminate against anyone. I hope you will not discriminate against me and allow me to help you. I will gladly pray and with any who would like that. I aim for all my practices to be in line with biblical principles I hope it will be a blessing to you. Please keep me accountable if you see anything that's not! With love,