Jackie O’Connell

Jackie qualified as an OT with a BSC(HONS)OT from the University of Coventry in 1997. She has worked in the NHS in London within the Mental Health Service, low and medium secure adolescent settings, working with individuals with complex needs, and privately with children, families and teachers in mainstream and specialist educational settings. Jackie has worked as an associate with Thrive since 2016. Jackie is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Jackie has worked with children and adolescents for many years, spending time working within medium and low secure units, and more recently, within schools and children’s own homes. Jackie has experience working with children with trauma histories, ASD, ADHD, DCD/dyspraxia, learning disability and mental health diagnoses. She provides advice, support, and consultation to families and schools, both mainstream and specialist settings, along with direct intervention with children and young people. Following assessments, Jackie works with young people, families and schools to help develop skills for the young person and build supports around them to improve their ability to engage in learning tasks and family life.

Jackie enjoys working with children and young people using play-based and sensory tasks to develop skills, confidence and independence.

Jackie has a post-graduate certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) and is an ASI practitioner. She has also completed training in Level 1 Theraplay (individual and group work), DIR Floortime (101), Level 1 sensory attachment training (Éadaoin Bhreathnach), Attachment: Parent – Child Relationships (Éadaoin Bhreathnach and Helen Johnson), The Interoception Curriculum, and Makaton.

Jackie has a specialist interest in trauma and attachment, ASD and mental health, along with working with diverse populations. I regularly enjoy attending relevant training courses and then integrating new skills into my current practise. I use a variety of different approaches, integrating skills learnt to ensure that individuals are given the most suitable and effective interventions.

Jackie is a mum of two teenage children and when she is not at work, she spends her time reading, completing jigsaws, and going for walks in the great outdoors with family and Labrador.

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What our customers say

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)

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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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