Tanya qualified as an occupational therapist with a BSc (Hons) in 1999 and initially worked as an OT until March 2008 with predominantly physical disabilities including neuro-disability rehab, elderly and amputee rehab and paediatrics; when she also gained CAHMS and Adult Social Services experience. Tanya has also practiced as a senior therapist for elderly and adult rehab, amputees and stroke patients.
Between 2008 and 2015, Tanya took on the role of family support worker for Children’s Social Care, Children and Families working initially for the Rapid Response Team and later in the Children’s Centre dealing with the challenges of complex social issues, risk assessments and safeguarding.
OT delivering assessments, treatments and evaluations within a school and college. Including a sensory integration approach.
- Collaborative working to ensure safety, protection of vulnerable individuals.
- Clear recording in the form of observations and reports and liaison with key professionals to ensure important information is shared and effectively used.
- Assessments of families under the ‘Framework of Assessment’.
- Direct work with children, adolescents and families to aim to effect change.
- Group work offered to mums to increase awareness of domestic abuse.
- Organisation of own caseload, including planning visits in order of priority.
- Experience in time management, interventions, meetings, training, visits to schools.
- Managing communication effectively in sometimes difficult familial situations.
- Understanding of child development, play and developmental milestones
- Ability to work under pressure, time management, difficult relationships, communicate contentious issues and representing social care.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Sensory Integration Network
- COTSS-CYPF Membership
- BABICM registered practitioner member