Alison Barrett (Director)

Alison qualified in 2001 with a BSc Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southampton. She has worked extensively in the NHS, completing a basic grade rotation at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before working in the Children’s OT South Bedfordshire and then Northamptonshire. this included working with children in homes, schools, children’s centres and clinic settings. Alison became a director of Thrive OTS in 2012.

Alison has worked with children with a wide range of difficulties and diagnoses, including: cerebral palsy, neurological conditions, hemiplegia, developmental impairment, sensory integration difficulties and coordination difficulties including DCD and dyspraxia. She has a specific interest in early intervention with under fives and children with physical and neurological disabilities. Alison has specialised training in sensory integration, including difficulties due to attachment and trauma,  and DIR Floortime (101).




What our customers say

The service from Thrive has made a tremendous difference to our pupils and the quality of provision to meet their complex needs. We are now able to quickly access their needs and ensure that they are well met. The costs are reasonable and certainly provide good value for money. The OTs from Thrive are friendly, professional and efficient. the reports are detailed and timely- thank you!

Laura Clarke, Head of Rowan Gate School

…Thanks for everything you’ve done for [our daughter] – she always enjoys your visits and will miss you popping in!  Particular thanks for teaching her how to drink from a straw and do buttons up – that’s been a godsend!!




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