Alison Barrett, Occupational Therapist and Director of Thrive OT Services

Alison has been a director of Thrive OT Services since 2012. She qualified as an OT with a BSC(HONS)OT from the University of Southampton in 2001. She has worked in the NHS in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, working in children’s services since 2003. Alison is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Knowledge and Skills

Alison has worked in a range of specialist and mainstream primary school settings, on hospital wards and in early years settings. Alison works with children, their parents/carers and school staff to support participation in the child’s chosen activities, whether these are school, or home based.
Alison currently provides advice, support and consulation services to mainstream primary schools. She has a varied caseload and has included children with ASD, ADHD, DCD/dyspraxia, Cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and global developmental impairment.

As a director of Thrive OT, Alison regularly meets with school leadaers to discuss how we can support their pupils and teachers, embedding our services into their daily routines.

Alison is passionate about early intervention and children and families having access to services in a timely and appropriate manner.

Post Graduate Training

Alison has post graduate certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) and is an ASI practitioner. She also has completed training in DIR Floortime (101), The Interoception Curriculum, Trauma and attachment, Clinical reasoning and Sensory Attachment Intervention (Eadhaoin Breathnach).

Specialist Interest
Alison has a specialist interest in child development and the early years. Her time is currently spilt between continuing to provide an expert OT consultancy service to schools and focusing on the driving the business forward. Alison enjoys playing with numbers and figures, business planning and organising things (namely writing lists!).

Alison is currently joint area lead for the east midlands in the International Normative Data Collection (INDC) for a new assessment of sensory integration (EASI).

What our customers say

Feedback from recent training on embedding The Interoception Curriculum at Red Kite Special Academy in Corby, July 2020

“Training was excellent”

“The training was marvellous, really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work”

“You were amazing! The training was so interesting, loved it and cannot wait to try it”

“Such good training, thank you both! Excited to find ways to apply this through the whole school”

“Amazing”

Red Kite Special Needs School, Corby

Sensory Circuit training at Lings Primary School, February 2020

“Brilliant, thank you. So much useful information to take back to the SLG”

“Thank you for the tips and hints on how to use everyday school equipment”

“Fabulous, I can now group children by ability not age. And i have the confidence to explain to staff and children why I am doing that”

“Loved, loved, loved playing with the equipment and learning my sensory preferences.”

Sensory Circuits, Lings Primary School, Northampton

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