Our occupational therapists are experts in child development, sensory integration and neuro-developmental difficulties.  At TLC we take time to listen and understand your child’s unique needs and how it impacts on family life and education.

Anna


Anna qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Brighton in 2000 and specialised in paediatrics a year after qualification. She was employed by the NHS until 2015, working in community paediatric services. Anna has experience working with children aged 0-19 in varied community settings, including both mainstream and special education. Her experience includes the assessment and treatment of children with general developmental delay, specific developmental disorders, sensory processing disorders, physical disabilities including cerebral palsy and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and ADHD. She has developed therapy services and delivered training programmes to nurseries, schools and caregivers. Anna has a special interest in young children with Autism and Early Intervention. She was a Clinical Specialist in Autism in her last post. She is an ADOS practitioner and an NAS Earlybird trainer. Anna has additional training in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening and the Bobath Approach.




Marina


Marina holds a BSc (Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist since 2014 in independent practice and primary schools in South Africa. Marina is passionate about Sensory Integration (SI) and has worked in an SI practice since completing her community service. She has worked extensively with children who have global developmental delay, learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). She has postgraduate training in the Therapeutic Listening® Programme and has completed her foundation and enhanced Makaton (Sign Supported English). She has also done 2 years of coursework (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy) and is currently working on completing the research component of her MSc (OT) degree. She is passionate about her profession and continues to extend her learning to promote her clinical practice. Marina emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2019 and since becoming a parent herself has solidified her belief that every child has immense potential to overcome any obstacle.




Ellen


Ellen became an Occupational Therapist in 2005, qualifying with an MSc in Health Through Occupation at the University of Brighton. She worked at Epsom Hospital and in the Central Surrey Health community team. In her earlier career, Ellen gained a broad range of experience through teaching, working in corporate environments, and as a health care assistant supporting therapists at the Wolfson neurological rehabilitation unit in London. Ellen has also worked locally in Early Years education and has first hand experience of supporting children through visual perceptual therapy, coping with specific learning needs and parenting. Ellen joined the TLC team in September 2017. She works with individual children and groups of children needing specific therapy in both mainstream and specialist schools.




Sarah


Sarah qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Southampton in 2005. Following this, Sarah gained experience as a Basic Grade Occupational Therapist at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, where she completed 6 month rotations in Elderly Care, Acute Mental Health and Stroke. Sarah took up her first role as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in 2007, working for Berkshire East PCT (now Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) where she progressed to become a Senior Therapist and Clinical Lead for Triage. Sarah worked for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust until September 2018, when she decided to leave the NHS and take on a role as an Occupational Therapist at High Close School, an Independent Special School in Wokingham, Berkshire, catering for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. During her career as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Sarah has worked with children and families from a wide variety of backgrounds. She has worked in mainstream schools, special schools and with children from pre-school age through to Secondary School. Sarah has Post Graduate training in Sensory Integration (Level 2).




Charlie


Charlie joined TLC in January 2018. With a very different background to the rest of the team she has worked in Sales and Marketing and Operations since graduating where her roles have predominantly included client relations, strategic team and project management. As our Business Manager, Charlie works hard to ensure the infrastructure is in place for our therapists to be able to concentrate on providing therapy support to the children and their families.




Molly


Molly joined TLC as a clinic assistant in 2018. Molly supports the Saturday Club team by providing one-to-one support during the sessions. Molly is currently studying for her GCSEs.




Liz


Liz qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy in 1994 from Essex School of Occupational Therapy. This was following an undergraduate honours degree in Social Administration from the University of Brighton. She has 19 years of clinical experience in the NHS working in a variety of settings: community paediatrics, challenging behaviour and enduring mental health as well as working in mainstream and independent special schools. During her time with the NHS she was also a pathway lead for children and young people with motor learning difficulties. Postgraduate trained in Sensory Integration, Liz has completed modules 1 and 2 from Ulster University and is currently working towards Sensory Integration Practitioner status. Liz is trained in the SOS approach to Feeding, the Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour approach and the Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (COOP) approach which she has utilised in 1:1 as well as group settings.




Sanna


Sanna obtained her BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southampton in 2011. She specialised in paediatrics early on, working in the private sector across community and clinic settings, including involvement in mainstream and special schools. She completed the Sensory Integration postgraduate training to Level 3, becoming a Sensory Integration Practitioner in 2015. In addition to assessing and providing intervention to children with developmental, physical and mental health difficulties, she regularly delivers training to educators in supporting children with these difficulties. She became a Mental Health First Aider in 2018. Sanna is qualified to administer specialist assessments, including the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills and the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Due to her special interest in therapy in low and middle income countries, she has worked alongside OTs in Peru and Uganda, as well as providing OT input for a charity in Kenya.





Therapists are registered with the Health Professionals Council and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists TLC Space is the trading name of Anele-OT Ltd.

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