Louise Atherton, Occupational Therapist

Louise is our newest member of the team. Graduating from the University of Northampton in 2018 Louise joined Thrive in September 2019 after spending a year working in a rotational post at Northampton General Hospital. Prior to training as an occupational therapist, she worked as a teaching assistant for 4 years after completing a Graduate Diploma in Early Years Practise. This has enabled Louise to obtain valuable experience of child development and working with children and parents. She is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Knowledge and Skills

Louise currently works at a specialist school and a mainstream primary school; completing assessments, carrying out interventions and advising on accommodations to support participation in learning. Where appropriate she uses an embedded approach at her schools, meeting with teachers and the SENCO to ensure there is a whole school approach. She has completed a weeklong training at Camden Children’s Services for newly qualified paediatric occupational therapists. In addition, Louise has experience in a range of settings including hospital wards, community-based mental health and primary care settings. She has worked with clients to carry out the assessment, planning and facilitation of clinical sessions through identifying and assessing occupational needs and using the intervention and evaluation process to enable the client to move towards identified goals using occupational-focused activities.

Post Graduate Training

Graduate diploma in Early Years Practise

Studying Ayres Sensory Integration with CLASI

Specialist Interest 

Louise has a specialist interest in child development.   Through raising her own children, she has gained knowledge and experience of conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and EHCP process and has gone on to read widely about these conditions and understand how they can affect occupational engagement for a person. Through her current role she has developed an interest in ASD, sensory processing and emotional regulation.

Personal Statement

Originally from a business background with strengths in project coordination Louise was looking for a more meaningful career and chose to retrain as an occupational therapist as it suits her interests and personal qualities. When she is not working she spends most of her time being a mum to her three children, walking in the countryside with her dog, aiming to keep fit and taking photographs.

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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