|Louise graduated from the University of Northampton in 2018. She 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.
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.