Sarah graduated from the University of Northampton in 2018 and joined the Thrive team following her final placement with us. Sarah is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. In her gap year before studying at university, Sarah worked as a Nursery Nurse and local Swimming Teacher.
Knowledge and Skills
Sarah currently works regularly in two specialist schools and within various mainstream settings or SEN units across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Sarah works closely within schools to offer individualised and class input, aimed to support children improving their participation and function in everyday activities; whilst working closely with teachers and school staff. Sarah delivers regular family sessions, designed to enhance understanding and offer parents strategies to support their child at home within areas such as: sleep, self-regulation, behaviour, picky eating and sensory needs.
Sarah has worked alongside teaching staff to introduce, design and integrate sensory motor circuits into these schools- carried out each morning by select students to enhance their readiness for learning and support regulation. Sarah is also working alongside teachers, embedding the Interoception Curriculum through practical, fun and hands-on learning.
Within mainstream settings, Sarah visits children from the Downs Syndrome Group Northampton. She explores fine motor, gross motor and daily living skills whilst offering school and home advice/ strategies to support development in these areas between visits.
Sarah has also delivered staff teacher training surrounding the role of an OT, interoception, sensory processing and self-regulation.
Post Graduate Training
Sarah completed a week-long training course at Camden Children’s Services, for newly qualified paediatric occupational therapists. Sarah has visited the Peto Institute (Budapest), to learn more about the conductive education approach. Sarah has started her training in Ayres Sensory Integrations with CLASI.
Interoception Curriculum training with Kelly Mahler (2019)
Sarah has a specialist interest in ‘Sensory vs Behaviour’, attachment, self-regulation and ASD/ADHD. Sarah plans to access formal education and training within some of these areas’ of interest to further develop her practice.
Sarah is a very active and energetic individual, rarely found sat down! If not on the hockey pitch, Sarah will most likely be exercising in the gym or swimming lengths. Sarah volunteers weekly as a leader at her local Beaver Scout Group. She enjoys spending time with her huge family, particularly with the youngest members and her godsons. Sarah has recently been trying her hand in spontaneous new skills such as: painting, social climbing and piano playing (some more successful than others).
Sarah is a very keen traveller and enjoys any chance to impact the wider world, whether it be fundraising or volunteering. In summer 2019, Sarah spent 6+ weeks in Uganda, living and volunteering in a local school to build a playground. Sarah sponsors a child in Uganda and visited her and her family on the trip.