Jennifer Barrow, Occupational Therapist and Director of Thrive OT Services

Jennifer is a Director of the company. She qualified as an OT, Sc.Curr.Occ.Ther.(Hons), in 1991 from Trinity College, Dublin and on moving to England worked in NHS adult services. She made the move to children’s services while living and working on Guernsey in 2007. Jennifer is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Jennifer has worked in a range of specialist and mainstream school settings, on children’s wards in hospitals and in early years and early help clinics.

Jennifer works with children, parents and teachers to support participation in school through her work in mainstream and specialist schools. Jennifer has developed a role within schools to reframe behaviour, improve self-regulation and build resilience.

She runs regular workshops and drop-in sessions, hoping to encourage and promote the use of sensory strategies to enhance mental health, wellbeing, and participation in everyday life.

Her caseload is varied and has included children with ASD, ADHD, FragileX, CP, ABI, global developmental delay, dyslexia, DCD, epilepsy. Jennifer has a special interest in ASD, and in FragileX, particularly in relation to sensory processing and regulation.

Jennifer’s role includes delivery of and sourcing outside training including: Sensory Circuits, Handwriting, Sleep Strategies, Picky Eaters, Self-Regulation Strategies, The Role of OT in Schools, Embedding Therapy in the Curriculum, The Interoception Curriculum.

Jennifer has postgraduate training and is an Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration. She also has training in DIR Floortime,Trauma and Attachment, Clinical Reasoning, The Interoception Curriculum, Sign Along, and Sensory Attachment Intervention (Eadhaoin Breathnach).

Jennifer has a special interest in sensory processing and can be found with her head in a book about the vagal nerve, interoception and the body-mind connection when she is not at work. She loves a healthy debate on how we should “see behaviour, think sensory” and is championing the role of movement, and of interoception (8th sense) in emotional and physical wellbeing for all.

She also loves talking and teaching in workshops to small or large groups, head over to the training page for more information.

Jennifer is one of the oldest members of the team and has teenage and adult children. She has family in North America and Ireland and she likes to visit them often. She is also a keen sportswoman, running in Park Runs and attending her local gym where she lifts heavyweights (good for women of a certain age) and attends instructor-led classes.

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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)

support groups

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”

“Amazing”

Red Kite Special Needs School, Corby

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