Meike Illing-Whitby

Occupational Therapist

Meike qualified as an Occupational Therapist with Diploma in Germany in 2001. Meike is a Bobath trained Occupational Therapist, she has also completed her training in the CO-OP Approach. She worked as a Children’s Occupational Therapist in private practice in Hamburg and Cologne 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. In 2014, Meike started to work for Thrive OT.

Throughout her career, Meike has primarily worked with children in their school/nursery settings, at home or in the community. Meike worked with children with learning disabilities, autism and behaviour difficulties and completed a three week foundation course in Sensory Integration in Germany. Her special interests lay in early intervention and children with complex physical needs. She has been an OT team lead for a special needs school, providing advice in sensory processing, postural management, activities of daily living, moving & handling and housing.  As part of her role for Cambridgeshire Community Services, Meike lead a team of OTs who advised mainstream educational settings on building adaptations to accommodate children with physical and sensory needs.

Meike is a member of:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
  • Deutscher Verband der Ergotherapeuten (DVE) – German Association of Occupational Therapy

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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