Rosie studied psychology at the University of Exeter, graduating with a 2.1 Honours degree in 1999. After working in a residential setting for adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome and then as an assistant psychologist in a medium secure setting for adults with learning difficulties, Rosie trained as an occupational therapist at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2006 with a master’s degree and post-graduate diploma.
Since specialising as a paediatric occupational therapist, Rosie has gained over ten years’ experience in the field. This has included providing assessment and treatment for children with a range of needs, such as autistic spectrum disorder, global developmental delay, dyspraxia, cerebral palsy and attentional difficulties.
Direct experience both in schools and home-based treatment has developed Rosie’s working knowledge of how to translate occupational therapy goals into achievable, successful outcomes. Effective communication with different professionals/families has been essential, and as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Rosie has also led school meetings, developed school policies, provided staff training and prepared for tribunal cases.
Rosie works for Westcountry Case Management and she also works in private practice in Cornwall, providing assessment, treatment and consultation services in schools and home-based settings, as well as a local occupational therapy clinic. A special interest in sensory integration (SI) influences her work, both through ongoing training and clinical practice.
- Experienced, effective communicator with families, carers and educational/therapy professionals
- Developing positive therapeutic relationships with clients and their carers
- Passionate about supporting young people with learning disabilities to develop their independence skills and self-confidence
- Well-developed research skills and clinical reasoning. Specialist training in Sensory Integration
- Counseling and listening skills, developed through training with MIND and working as an assistant psychologist
- Communication skills: developed through delivering staff training, presentations, clinical interviews and teaching
- Adaptable: Clinical experience of working with both professionals and service users of different ages and cultural backgrounds. Extensive travelling has developed the ability to deal with different situations and cultures
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland
- Postgraduate certificate in Sensory Integration with the University of Ulster
- BABICM registered practitioner member