Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sensory based approaches
Behaviourally oriented OT input
Motor skills development through play
Fine motor skills groups
Yoga therapy for children with special needs
Working in paediatric special needs support has always been my dream. I am highly motivated to continuously develop my knowledge in the field and I put all my efforts, energy, and skills into any job I do, to achieve the best possible results. My studies in BSc Psychology have helped me gain an understanding of the science behind the mind's processes and children's behaviours, and further assisted me when implementing tailored strategies.
Over the past four years, I have worked with students with diverse difficulties in a range of different settings. I currently work in a dual role as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and Teaching Assistant at a SEN school specialized in Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Complex Needs for students aged from 7 to 19. I have experience volunteering and working in different organisations as a playworker, where I helped support migrant children and their families to overcome obstacles and participate fully in school life, as well as helping homeless children and their families whilst they are in temporary accommodation. These experiences helped shape my confidence and ability to communicate with children in an effective way. It has developed my skills and given me insight into how different disabilities, backgrounds and personal difficulties can impact the lives of children.
My current work involves implementing OT sessions for individuals, pairs, and groups under guidance of a senior OT. These are often play-based activities to develop certain areas, such as fine and gross motor skills, motor planning, sequencing, sensory integration, listening skills, following instructions, handwriting and personal hygiene. Recently, I attended a course on Psychopathology and Multidisciplinary Intervention in Neurodevelopmental Disorders that has been especially useful to understand the integration of the different therapy inputs necessary to develop successful interventions. Alongside my role as an OTA, I am currently studying an Early Years Intervention Specialist Diploma, as I believe that early intervention has its strongest impact when offered during the first few years of the child's life.
I am an organized, friendly and confident individual who persistently works to the best of my ability. I have always been highly motivated in developing my knowledge within the field of mental health and provide the best service to clients.
I have a BSc in Psychology, and recently attended RBT (Registered Behavioural Technician) training. I have over 6 years’ experience working in the field of autism involving voluntary work, teaching assistant role and later progressing to Occupational Therapy Assistant at a specialist Autism and SEN school for children between the ages of 7 - 19 years. In 2019, an ‘OT cafe’ project which I have worked closely since the beginning, won a national award at the TES Independent Schools Awards in ‘Special needs initiative of the year’. Later the same project won ‘School catering’ award at the Education Business Awards 2019.
My work includes implementation of OT and ABA (home and school programmes) sessions using play-based activities to focus on handwriting, academic skills, self-care, listening and attention, language and communication, play and social skills, gross motor and fine motor skills under supervision. I have experience in application of ABA principles such as NET, DTT and VB under the respective consultant. Recently, I attended a Yoga for complex needs course with IMT yoga which has been beneficial to my hands-on work with the kids. I am also currently studying for a level 3 diploma in Play Therapy. The work I do with children allows me to be creative and resourceful maximising motivation in learning which I find extremely rewarding.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, looking after my dog and socialising with my friends and family.