Caroline qualified as an occupational therapist in 2005. She was interested in paediatrics throughout her training and sought to increase her experience by completing a six month voluntary placement in India, providing services to children with complex physical and social needs.
Caroline has an extensive knowledge and experience of a large range of conditions, including physical, neurological, learning and social impairments, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the range of factors impacting on disabled children and their families.
She set up and established a sensory processing service for children with challenging behaviour within the home setting. This assists in the management of challenging behaviour, by considering the impact of sensory processing dysfunction on the child, plus providing advice and training to parents of appropriate sensory activities, to assist the child in managing their own behaviour.
Caroline works for Westcountry Case Management and she has also worked for Bristol’s Disabled Children Service since 2006. In 2009, she was appointed senior practitioner and Caroline continues in this role to date.
She has a private paediatric occupational therapy practice, providing holistic assessments to children with a range of needs, specialising in assessment of equipment, adaptations and sensory processing dysfunction.
- Effective working knowledge of a broad range of paediatric conditions including, cerebral palsy, autism, brain injury and complex genetic conditions.
- Highly organised, motivated and resourceful in her approach to problem solving.
- Effective communicator, with the ability to adapt communication skills and styles.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, families, carers, professionals and services.
- Post graduate training in sensory processing dysfunction and postural management.
- Experience in the provision of holistic, person centred and goal driven assessments.
- Knowledge and experience in providing complex adaptations, to meet the long term needs of the disabled child and their family, with a view to maximising independence and facilitating safe care.
Personal Affiliations and Additional Qualifications
- Sensory Integration Level 1
- British Sign Language Level 2
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- BABICM registered practitioner member