Meet the Team

The team at Thrive OT Services accept referrals either directly or through Schools, Local Education Authorities, NHS Authorities, and other professionals including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and  Physiotherapists.

Referrals can be made by either emailing

or during school hours phone Alison on 07954 241052 or Jennifer on 07731 672295.

We work to high standards providing quality assurances, complying with the Data Protection Act 2018 ( the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation). All our Occupational Therapists are members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), HCPC registered, fully insured and have annual DBS enhanced certificates.

Jennifer Barrow (Director)

Jennifer worked as an associate with the founding partner of Thrive OT services and in 2017 joined Alison Barrett as Director of the company. She has an Honours degree in occupational therapy from Trinity College, Dublin and has worked in the UK and the Channel Islands. She is an Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration and has DIR Floortime training (201). Jennifer has developed a role with staff at Kingsley Special Academy helping to reframe behaviour, improving self-regulation and building…

Alison Barrett (Director)

Alison qualified in 2001 with a BSc Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southampton. She has worked extensively in the NHS, completing a basic grade rotation at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before working in the Children’s OT South Bedfordshire and then Northamptonshire. this included working with children in homes, schools, children’s centres and clinic settings. Alison became a director of Thrive OTS in 2012. Alison has worked with children with a wide range of difficulties and…

Sarah Robinson

Sarah is another of our Northampton post graduate associates. She completed her final placement at Kingsley Special Academy, part of the Kingsley Learning Foundation. On graduation (June 2018) she secured an emerging role at The Red Kite School in Corby, part of KLF. Sarah has completed a week long training at Camden Children’s Services for newly qualified paediatric occupational therapists. Sarah now works in a number of schools completing assessments, reports and advising on accommodations to support participation in learning…

Lynn Thompson

Lynn joined us in 2018 as one of our most experienced occupational therapists. Lynn is an Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration and has completed assessments and reports for tribunals. She works part time as an associate carrying out assessments and treatment with children in and around Northamptonshire.

Claire Devonport

Claire worked and volunteered with Thrive OTS during her training at Northampton University. Following qualification in 2017 she joined Cindy at a school in Milton Keynes, and has since added two more schools to her week. Claire uses an embedded approach at her schools, meeting with teachers and the SENCO to ensure there is a universal impact at school.

Stacey Broadway

Stacey joined us during 2017 to work part time in both school and home settings. She works with children with additional needs, completing assessments and recommended therapy sessions. Stacey has many years of experience working with clients with an autism diagnosis. She has post graduate training and experience in Ayres Sensory Integration.

Jackie O’Connell

Jackie joined us in 2017 as a part time associate. She works closely with the Post Adoption team in Northampton, carrying out assessments and therapy sessions for children with developmental, social and emotional difficulties. Jackie has post graduate training Ayres Sensory Integration and has  training in Sensory Attachment Intervention with Eodhain Breathnach.

Alison May

Alison joined Thrive Occupational Therapy Services during the Summer of 2017. She works part time with Thrive OTS in a school setting. Alison is currently studying for Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration with the University of Ulster.

Charlotte Pow

Charlotte has been working with Thrive OT since September 2012. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 with a BSc Honours in Occupational Therapy from the University of Northampton

Cindy Lovejoy-Jacobs

Cindy started her career in Occupational Therapy in 2007 after gaining a BSc Honours degree from the University of Northampton

Meike Illing-Whitby

Meike qualified as an Occupational Therapist with Diploma in Germany in 2001

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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