BOccThy – Director, Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist & Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner
Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2002. She is the Founder and Director of Beanstalk Children’s Therapy. Lara has been working as an independent practitioner since 2008, and has gained extensive experience in working with children across a variety of settings.
She has worked as a community based Senior 1 Paediatric Occupational Therapist within the NHS, working with children aged 0-19 years with a variety of disabilities. She has also worked as a school-based Paediatric Occupational Therapist within Queensland Health (Australia), working with pupils aged 3-20 years with moderate to severe disabilities.
Lara is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section: Independent Practice (COTSS-IP) and Sensory Integration Network.
She has gained postgraduate qualifications in Sensory Integration and holds Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner status. She is also a Certified Therapeutic Listening® Practitioner and Therapressure Program™ provider.
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Helen graduated with a MSc Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Essex. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Helen received her BSc in Psychology from the University of Lincoln. She went on to work as an LSA in mainstream high schools, supporting children with ASD, ADHD, dyslexia and Cerebral Palsy.
Helen has also supported adults with autism in their supported living homes and when accessing the community. Helen has gained post-graduate qualifications in Sensory Integration (Module 2) and is a registered Therapeutic Listening provider. She also has Makaton Beginners training.
Helen is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and specialist section Children, Young People and Families (CYPF).
BScOT – Specialist Occupational Therapist
Islay graduated with a BSc Occupational Therapy degree from Canterbury Christ Church University.
Prior to joining Beanstalk Children’s Therapy, Islay worked as a community Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist within the NHS, working with children aged 0-19 years with a variety of disabilities as well as assessing children for equipment. She also has experience with working in social services, adolescent mental health and being a one-to-one in a mainstream school with children with Autism and Down Syndrome in Dubai.
Islay is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the Sensory Integration Network. She has also gained postgraduate qualifications in Sensory Integration (Modules 1 and 2) and Rhythmic Movement Therapy (Level 1 and 2).
She has also received inhouse training in fitting Lycra garments and the use of Bayley’s Scales for Infant and Toddler Development.
Aoife graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Essex. She is working towards gaining post-graduate qualifications in Sensory Integration and is a registered Therapeutic Listening provider.
Prior to joining Beanstalk Children’s Therapy, Aoife worked in an acute hospital setting and has had diverse placements in paediatric settings. She has worked with adolescents with emotional needs, behavioral needs and learning disabilities on a care farm. She also previously worked as an activity lead in a summer camp in California, which catered for children from a variety of different backgrounds and needs.
Aoife is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Speech & Language Therapist
Amy graduated with a BSc Speech Sciences degree in 2007 from University College London. She joined Beanstalk Children’s Therapy in 2019 as a Consultant and continues to work within the NHS as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.
She has a passion for working with children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is an experienced ADOS practitioner and part of the multidisciplinary assessment team for both at Beanstalk Children’s Therapy and within the NHS. She has worked with children and young adults across a range of different special schools as well as mainstream schools, nurseries and homes. She has also completed post graduate training in a range of different therapeutic techniques for working with children with ASD.
Amy is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Occupational Therapy / Administrative Assistant
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