Meike Illing-Whitby, Occupational Therapist

Meike has been working for Thrive since 2014. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist with Diploma in Germany in 2001. She worked as a Children’s Occupational Therapist in private practice in Germany and went on to study Occupational Therapy at Hogeschool Zuyd in Heerlen, Netherlands graduating with a Bachelor of Health in 2005. Meike continued to work in private practice in Germany until starting to work for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust for 8 years.

Meike is HCPC registered and a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT), as well as Deutscher Verband der Ergotherapeuten (DVE) – German Association of Occupational Therapy.

Knowledge and Skills

Throughout her career, Meike has been primarily working with children in their school/nursery settings, at home or in the community.

Meike works across special and mainstream schools, seeing children with learning and physical difficulties, Autism (ASD), ADD/ADHD, Dyspraxia/DCD, Downs Syndrome and trauma and attachment difficulties.

Within her current role, she also delivers training courses for parents and school staff and is involved in running a pre-school group for children with Downs Syndrome.

Working together with families, teachers and support staff is invaluable for Meike throughout the therapy process from assessment to intervention. At the forefront of her intervention and goal setting is always the child/family and their participation in everyday life. To achieve this, Meike applies a mix of different therapy approaches and tools she has acquired during her career.

Post Graduate Training

Meike completed a three week foundation course in Sensory Integration in Germany and has started updating her knowledge of Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) through the training pathway by CLASI.

She attended the following courses which apply the Sensory Integration approach: “Sensory Attachment Intervention (E. Bhreathnach)”, “Baby Sense”, “ASD: Intervention strategies” and “Is it sensory or is it behaviour”, “The Interoception Curriculum”.

Meike is a Bobath/NDT trained Occupational Therapist, she has also completed her training in the CO-OP Approach and DIR/floortime 101,

Specialist Interest

Meike is fascinated to see and learn how sensory motor experiences impact on development of milestones, independence skills as well as behaviour and mental well-being. Her special interests lay in early intervention and school-based occupational therapy. She is keen to share her enjoyment for the job with OT students and other staff members.

Personal Statement

Meike is a mum of two and loves travelling the world. In her spare time, Meike likes to go swimming, walking, or cycling.


What our customers say

Looking forward to supporting local parent and carer groups:


Hi Jennifer

Thank you so much for your fantastic talk last night.

I have had so much positive feed back from parents…..they all got so much from your talk. We would love to have you back again sometime.

Thank you again

Jenny Mould (ACE)

support groups restarting

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”


Red Kite Special Needs School, Corby



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