BSc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy, AOTI
Alice is a Senior Occupational Therapist originally from Co. Cork. Following 4 years of studying in Aberdeen, Alice graduated from Robert Gordon University with an Honours BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy. It wasn’t until her final year placement that Alice got the opportunity to work in a specialised Paediatric Clinic in Cork and this is where she developed her strong passion for working with children and their families.
Following graduation, Alice continued to work in this clinic. Throughout her time here, Alice worked with children with a wide range of developmental, co-ordination & sensory difficulties and also those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Subsequent to her time here, Alice decided to move back to the UK to further develop her own skills and knowledge into different paediatric conditions and treatment approaches used. She joined an NHS Community Team in a suburb of Birmingham. Her work here involved children and families from various cultural and social backgrounds which highlighted the importance of a holistic approach during the crucial development years. Here, Alice treated children with a range of physical, developmental & sensory difficulties but also had exposure to genetic and neurological conditions. By using a person-centred approach, Alice uses the child’s interests where possible through the assessment and treatment process while liaising with other professionals to ensure the child gets the support they need.
As Alice’s passion for developing paediatric services grew, her next move was to one of the UK’s leading provider of Education & Care for Children with Social, Emotional, Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complex Learning Needs. Having the unique opportunity to provide Occupational Therapy within an educational background allowed Alice to work with teachers to understand how best to adapt the environment to ensure progress for children with various difficulties. Her time in the school saw Alice working with children and adolescents with multiple difficulties with the main focus of therapy being on developing independence skills.
Throughout her career, Alice believes that the support systems around the child are crucial for their development and that is why she has delivered group parent workshops, 1:1 consultation with parents at the National Autism Show and workshops for the child’s siblings and has also training for schools and other healthcare professionals. Alice has also taken an active role in working alongside schools to develop sensory rooms and gardens to best support the child’s needs.
Alice continues to develop professionally and has completed further training in mental health for adolescents, handwriting interventions and further study in Sensory Integration provided by the University of Ulster.
Alice is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI).