When I moved to London 5 years ago, few people knew about occupational therapy especially for children. There was even less awareness about early intervention (EI) and sensory integration therapies. I had gone from having a caseload full of babies and toddlers whilst in New York City to only one baby here in London. It was so sad to hear others say ‘wait and see’ and ‘your child will grow out of it’ especially when I had firsthand seen the difference early intervention makes for the entire family.
During my first several years in London, I spent a lot of time raising awareness and advocating for children who have special needs and developmental delays by developing my website as a resource, and writing articles for National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Families and special needs magazines. I also held baby ‘Move and Groove’ groups with many local NCT mums groups to advocate for early intervention, encourage and show parents how to help their baby move in and out of different positions. Many parents were nervous to put their babies on their tummies. It was great fun and a fantastic opportunity to advocate for EI.
Five years on……I now treat lots of babies and toddlers. Although parents come to me by word of mouth, many want to start early as a means of prevention and so their child will be more ready for school and require less support. I still treat children up to 7 years as its important to see how kids grow and what they face in their future.
I would now love to have a team join me so we can provide the best and most effective services for kids to progress and thrive in London. I am looking for experienced and passionate therapists. Below are some requirements:
Bachelors and / or Masters in OT
8-10 years pediatric experience
SI education and experience a MUST
Bobath / NDT knowledge (preferred)
Ongoing CPD and courses
Evaluate and treat children with disabilities
(Cases offered based on your experience and expertise)
Must be self-motivated to keep up with continuing education, professional development, peer networks, and staying up-to-date with new information
Creative and resourceful with therapy supplies – must be able to use what’s available in homes, schools and your own therapy bag
Good communication skills with parents, schools, diverse health professionals, and the kids
Team player required to work with diverse team
Eclectic treatment approach, modern and up-to-date, SI, NDT / Bobath knowledge critical