Jennifer Barrow, Occupational Therapist and Director of Thrive OT Services

Jennifer worked as an associate since 2012 and in 2017 joined Alison Barrett as Director of the company. She qualified as an OT, Sc.Curr.Occ.Ther.(Hons), in 1991 from Trinity College, Dublin and on moving to England worked in NHS adult services. She made the move to children’s services while living and working on Guernsey in 2007. Jennifer is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Knowledge and Skills
Jennifer has worked in a range of specialist and mainstream school settings, on children’s wards in hospitals and in early years and early help clinics.
Jennifer works with children, parents and teachers to support participation in school through her work in mainstream and specialist schools. Jennifer has developed a role with staff at Kingsley Special Academy helping to reframe behaviour, improving self-regulation and building resilience.
She runs regular workshops and drop in sessions, hoping to encourage and promote the use of sensory strategies to enhance mental health, wellbeing and participation in everyday life.
Her caseload is varied and has included children with ASD, ADHD, FragileX, CP, ABI, global developmental delay, dyslexia, DCD, epilepsy. Jennifer has a special interest in ASD, and in FragileX, particularly in relation to sensory processing and regulation.
Jennifer’s role includes delivery of and sourcing outside training including: Sensory Circuits, Handwriting, Sleep Strategies, Picky Eaters, Self-Regulation Strategies, The role of OT in schools, Embedding therapy in the curriculum, The Interoception Curriculum.

Post Graduate Training
Jennifer has postgraduate training and is an Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration. She also has training in DIR Floortime (201).
Training Attended in 2019: Trauma and Attachment, Clinical Reasoning, The Interoception Curriculum, Sign Along, and Sensory Attachment Intervention (Eadhaoin Breathnach).

Specialist Interest
Jennifer has a special interest in sensory processing and can be found with her head in a book about the vagal nerve, interoception and the body-mind connection when she is not at work. She loves a healthy debate on how we should “see behaviour, think sensory” and is championing the role of movement, and of interoception (8th sense) in emotional and physical wellbeing for all.
She also loves talking and teaching in workshops to small or large groups, head over to the training page for more information.

Personal Statement
Jennifer is one of the oldest members of the team and has teenage and adult children. She has family in North America and Ireland and she likes to visit them often. She is also a keen sportswoman, running in Park Runs and attending her local gym where she lifts heavy weights (good for women of a certain age) and attends instructor led classes.

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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