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Rosaline Van de WeyerRosaline Van de Weyer BSc. (Hons), MSc.

Director of Dyspraxia UK


I qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in 1998, from University St John in York. I have enjoyed working at established teaching hospitals such as Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in London. In 2004 I gained an MSc in Rehabilitation Science from Southampton University. This gave me an interest in research and, most importantly, how it can be used to improve clinical services to clients. Along side the MSc. I undertook a two-year research post at NHNN to co-ordinate a project looking at goal setting in neurological rehabilitation. Consequently I have presented papers at National and International conferences.


After the research post I took on a clinical roles in acute neurological rehabilitation and out-patient rehabilitation, which covered return to work programmes.


Following the arrival of my family I moved away from London and worked for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust for four years as therapy team manager and specialist clinician. I provided detailed assessments and personalised rehabilitation programmes for people in their own homes. During this time I trained in using motivational interviewing techniques to help my staff and clients achieve their goals.


I am an active member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy and two special interest groups: Independent Practice and Neurological Practice. Due to my increasing work with students, which I thoroughly enjoy, I benefit from Affiliate Professional member of PATOSS. I am registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and have full liability insurance. 


During the last few years I have been expanding my neurological expertise in to the field of neurodiversity. I really enjoy working with people living with Dyspraxia and other neurodiverse conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorders) to help them live fulfilled autonomous lives.


In order to develop my skills in legal report writing and presentation, in March 2015 I gained certification as an Expert Witness from Cardiff University Law School, following comprehensive training with Bond Solon in London. Training undertaken in 2017 is proving to be very motivating and worthwhile.  In February 2017, I completed intensive training in the use of an innovative ‘serious play’ technique using LEGO to help individuals and teams answer challenging questions. In March 2017, I attended the National Handwriting Association (NHA) advanced training on handwriting assessment and techniques. Subsequently I am on the national NHA register of qualified handwriting tutors. Most recently, in March 2018, I completed an Auditory Processing masterclass at University College London, which is an common overlapping condition in the neurodiverse population.


I strive to use the best evidence-based practice in my clinical work and in the development of my Occupational Therapy service: Dyspraxia UK. 


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Clare Lyon

Clare Lyon

Office Manager


In 2000 I graduated from Warwick University with a BSc in Biological Sciences and then spent 9 years in the drug development and clinical research industries. Following a break to look after my daughter, I worked at Papworth Hospital (two years of which were voluntary service) assisting in various roles within the Corporate and Business Services team.


Using my varied experience, I joined Dyspraxia UK in 2016 to help with the day-to-day running of the service, allowing the Occupational Therapists to concentrate on their clinical work.



Sarah AdamClare Lyon

Client Liaison Manager


In 1995 I started my career as a Clerical Assistant, moving to a Junior Secretary position in 1996 and then by 1997 I became a Personal Assistant providing full confidential secretarial support to various businesses and during this time I gained my NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. In 2009 I took a 5-year career break to raise my three children. In 2013 I started working for Melbourn Parish Council as Assistant to Melbourn Parish Clerk, becoming Melbourn Parish Clerk in December 2015 where I gained my CiLCA – Certificate in Local Council Administration awarded at level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ). Using my past knowledge and experience, in January 2018 I joined Dyspraxia UK to help with the day to day running of the business.



Deborah Hartland

Deborah Hartland BSc. (Hons)


With over 20 years experience of working as an Occupational Therapist I have concentrated my interest and specialism in neurology. The brain is and continues to be fascinating and ever changing.


I have worked in the areas of Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Pediatrics and Chronic Pain. My passion in these areas has been enhanced with varying postgraduate training in the fields of Sensory integration, neurological development and Vocational Rehabilitation.


Having a very strong desire of being holistic in my approach leads me to naturally not only understand the physical components of a person but also their motivations in wanting to lead a meaningful life. This passion has also led me to complete several training courses in Counseling/Therapy. I do indeed believe that it is important to seek to understand another before being understood.


Working with people who are Dyspraxic or neurodiverse is rewarding in that I can offer expert support and guidance on how to remain as independent as possible in everyday activities. Goals may be variable in children and adults but in general people are seeking to enhance their sense of achievement in their chosen professional or private life roles. I have the expertise to assess both children and adults. 


Additionally I have completed extensive training in handwriting. This was delivered by experts working for National Handwriting Association (NHA). I am now listed as a tutor with the NHA. The training enables me to assess and provide intervention for children or adults who may need support with their writing.


I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. 



Sarah Van de Weyer

Sarah Van de Weyer BA, BSc., MSc.


In 1972 I gained an Honours degree in Anthropology at Durham University and spent the following two years undertaking field studies in India and Ethiopia.


Returning to East Anglia, I became a founder member of a therapeutic farm-based community for adults with a mental disorder or who were living through a life crisis. For the next sixteen years I realised time and again that meaningful activity is central to people discovering their self-worth.


In 1995, I qualified in Occupational Therapy at the London Hospital Medical College and have worked as a paediatric occupational therapist since 1996, full time for 10 years in schools for the NHS, then both privately and for the NHS, and since 2012 purely privately.


My assessment and treatment specialisms are in the fields of sensory processing and dyspraxia (Sensory Integration Therapy and Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests certified, Interactive Metronome certified) and auditory processing (trained to an advanced level in five different auditory stimulation techniques including bone conduction).


In 2006 I gained an MSc in Health Studies at the University of East Anglia, which gave me the opportunity to conduct research into the effectiveness, including the cost effectiveness, of the different therapies available for children with Dyspraxia, Auditory Processing Disorders, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The outcome was that if there were no therapy, the children did not change, but if there were therapy, the children’s behaviour and health improved significantly. 


I regularly lead Dyspraxia UK training courses for occupational therapists and teaching staff, which I always enjoy. 


My passion is working with young people, their families and schools in order to help them achieve self-confidence, practical skills and enjoyment of life. 



Anna TrundleAnna Trundle Dip. COT


I qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the College of Ripon and York St, John, York in 1990.  Having worked for 2 years gaining general skills within the acute physical setting I then specialised in the field of Neurology. I worked on the Stroke unit in St Georges Hospital, London before taking up a post as a Generic therapist in a rural Zulu hospital in South Africa. On return to the UK, I undertook various locum jobs before returning to work at St Georges Hospital on the Stroke Unit.  


In 1998 I began working for the Ministry Of Defence as an Occupational Therapist in the Defence Services Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court.  I worked at Headley Court for 7 years, the latter 5 years working within the Neurological team assessing and treating servicemen and woman with a variety of neurological deficits but most particularly acquired brain injury.  Whilst at Headley Court I gained specific skills in treating clients with brain injury particularly those with cognitive and executive difficulties. During this time I gained valuable experience in the various aspects of vocational rehabilitation.


I started work for Head First in November 2005 as a Brain Injury Clinical Case Manager providing Case Management services to brain injured clients, their families and support workers.  In 2008 I left this role to have my family. 


In October 2013 I undertook extensive training with Dyspraxia UK to develop expertise in this interesting area of neurodiversity. I worked along side other Dyspraxia UK Occupational Therapists with their clients whilst I completed my return to OT practice programme. I have completed this and am delighted to once again be registered with the Health Care and Professions Council in addition to my Occupational Therapy professional memberships. I am also a Therapeutics Listening Practitioner (Vital Links) and am registered as a tutor with the National Handwriting Association.


I am a specialist assessor of students and adults with neurodiversity. 



Rosalind Smithson

Rosalind Smithson  Dip COT, BA (Hons)


My interest in dyspraxia began during my occupational therapy undergraduate training. While learning about specific learning difficulties in children I came to realise that my nephew was showing signs of dyspraxia. Through this awareness his parents were able to research and learn about dyspraxia and as a result they were able to support their son more effectively as he faced the challenges of growing up with this hidden disability. He is now over 30; he graduated from Oxford University, with a first-class honours degree in medicine and completed a medical research PhD during 2015!


Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1986 I have worked as in a wide variety of settings (health, social care and educational settings and within the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors) and have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills.  I have worked within the fields of mental health, forensic services, specific learning difficulties, physical illness and vocational rehabilitation with children, young people, adults and families. In addition to clinical work, my managerial experience includes, project management, research, senior management, organisational, service and workforce development and performance coaching. Throughout my career I have continued to regularly undertake further training and development. I have a BA (Hons) in Health Management and am also a qualified Play Therapist and Performance and Life Coach.


Since the late 1980s my knowledge and understanding of neuro-diversity has continued to grow. Dyspraxia is complex and fascinating; no two people who are diagnosed as having dyspraxia experience the same difficulties. It affects people from all walks of life and to varying degrees.

From 2001 – 2003 I worked as the clinical services manager for The Dyscovery Centre, one of the leading organisations within the field of specific learning difficulties, at that time. During this period, I played a key role in developing the organisation’s young people’s and adult’s services. I left the Dyscovery Centre to relocate to live in the NW England. 


I really enjoy working within the specialist area of dyspraxia and neurodiversity and so joined Dyspraxia UK in 2012. Over the past 7 years I have worked with clients of all ages undertaking comprehensive assessments and also providing coaching and mentoring. Facilitating learning and change and enabling people to acquire the skills and competencies that they need to help them cope more effectively with the challenges of life they face, have been key themes throughout my career. I believe that coaching and mentoring can play a key role in this, so from October 2018 I have focused on providing this service to Dyspraxia UK clients.


As a Dyspraxia UK coach and mentor, I work with individuals experiencing difficulties in their everyday life, at home, college, university and work, as a result of dyspraxia or other specific learning difficulty, who want to improve their skills, situations and achieve goals. They want to learn new ways of thinking and approaching situations, in order to get better results.


I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and the following BOAT special interest groups: mental health, children young people and families and independent practice. I also have an Affiliate Professional membership with Professional Association of Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties.



Rebecca PobereznyRebecca Poberezny BSc. Occupational Therapy


After graduating with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1994 from Oxford Brookes University, I went on to spend the majority of my practice in hospitals of excellence, assessing and treating adults with physical disabilities.


For my first four years I specialised in orthopedics, hand injuries and the elderly, latterly becoming a key part of an innovative mobile stroke unit, in Stoke Mandeville hospital. This is where my passion for neurology began. I worked with clients who had sustained long and short-term neurological conditions using intensive rehabilitation and adaptive aids.


I enjoyed ten years at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where I led a dynamic Occupational Therapy team. I continue to take pride in ensuring my clients received the best intervention for their needs by keeping up to date with best practice guidance and innovations.


I have completed advanced training in Developmental Coordination Disorder assessment and treatment approaches with Dyspraxia UK and am thoroughly enjoying this specialist area. In 2016 I continued to expand and update my knowledge in Paediatrics by attending a week long residential course carried out by the Royal Free hospital in London. I am again enthused about my practice with children to succeed especially within the school setting.


I will continue keeping up to date with my special interest in handwriting by attending the National Association of Handwriting course this year with the aim of making it easier for students to commit their brilliant ideas to the page.


My key skills include: client centered specialised assessment and goal-based therapy, which promotes independence and enjoyment for adults and children in their daily lives.


I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as the British Association of Occupational Therapy. I regularly attend professional conferences and specifically enjoy the focus on topics around dyspraxia and neurodiversity.  I endeavor to use up to date, evidenced based practice and have full indemnity insurance.



Moyna Talcer

Moyna Talcer BSc. (Hons)


In 2005 I qualified from Brighton University with a first Class Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy. I have completed over 15 years service within the NHS, spanning a variety of practice fields including working in a teaching hospital in London doing my rotation (acute medical, neurological rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation,  oncology, trauma and orthopaedics, care of the elderly and amputees), following that I worked with adults with learning disabilities in the community.


Following this, I went to work for community paediatrics where I provided assessment, treatment and consultation for children aged 0-18 in a clinic environment and finally specialised in children with Autism spectrum conditions across three specialist ASD schools in Sutton. The age ranges spanned from 3 up to 16 years old.  I was involved in the assessment and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders for a specialist assessment Nursery in Sutton and was the clinical lead in the team for ASD and sensory processing difficulties. I provided specialist assessment and intervention within the school setting and wrote reports on a regular basis which informed the Education and Health Care Plan assessments. I provided supervision to other therapists working in the schools and engaged in regular training. I also attended the regular education and health care liasion meetings and autism school steering meetings to help develop local services.


I am passionate about Sensory Integration and its therapeutic approach and as such, have under taken postgraduate training in Sensory Integration at Masters level with the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. I received my Advanced Practitioner in sensory integration status in 2012 and currently lecture on the level 1 neuroscience course and the Advanced Practitioner level 4 for the sensory integration Network UK and Ireland, which is accredited with Ulster University. I also provide mentorship to the therapy students on these courses.


I am qualified in administering the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) the gold standard in assessing Sensory Based Motor Disorders including Somatodyspraxia.


I also have under gone other relevant training including Intensive Interaction, Occupational Therapy for children with Dyspraxia, Sign Along (sign language), TEAM TEACH (positive restraint techniques) and Law and Practice relating to Special Educational Needs Reports (SEN) and the NAS autism in girls online training.


I am a member of the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland, BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists) and registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy special interest group for independent practitioners.

I am currently undertaking my Masters in Sensory Integration and Autism in Women. More locally, I am a member of the Sutton National Autistic Society Sutton branch committee board and provide support and advice to the groups they run. I have been a consultant occupational therapist for Dyspraxia UK since 2008.


When I'm not working, I love to spend time with my son and engage in all sorts of activities including arts, crafting, African drumming, ukulele playing and baking.



Wendy Webber BSc. (Hons)Wendy Webber


I qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) from Oxford Brookes University in 1993 and have enjoyed worked in various NHS setting and Community Teams. These include neurology, working on the wards with acutely ill patients with a range of conditions and within the rehabilitation unit; general medicine, psychiatry, orthopaedics, elderly care and Palliative care providing me with a wide and varied set of clinical skills.


I then took a career break with the arrival of my fourth baby and moving with my family to our farm. During this time my interest in Dyspraxia and other neurodiverse conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorders) grew. This was started by the struggle I was having as a parent of a Dyspraxic child; there seemed to be very little offered by my GP and a complete lack of knowledge and support from my son’s school.


Since 2010, I have completed advanced training in this area and have been a consultant with Dyspraxia UK since 2011. I specialise in providing high quality assessment and up to date strategies to support people of all ages, in managing symptoms of DCD.


I took an active role in a research study into the (positive) effects of wearing core pressure belts to aid movement and concentration. The research was presented as a poster at an OT conference. I enjoy delivering DCD/Dyspraxia awareness training for both the public and private sectors.


I feel passionately about DCD and associated conditions because I have 4 children with DCD, as well as having it myself. I am very frustrated by the lack of knowledge and available support for people with this and associate conditions.  I want to help people to achieve their potential and lead a fulfilling life.


I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and the following BOAT special interest groups: children young people and families and independent practice. In addition, I have qualified as a specialist Handwriting tutor with the National Handwriting Association, as many of the people I see struggle in this area.



Helen Kleiser BSc. (Hons), MSc.Helen Kleiser


I graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2001, from Brunel University in London.  Since this time I have worked in a number of clinical fields, including mental health, physical rehabilitation, palliative care, falls and neurology. Further to my professional qualification I completed a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation in 2005, which broadened my knowledge base and enhanced my ability to critically analyse the effectiveness of clinical practice in relation to research.


 Throughout my career I have continually updated my professional knowledge in order to offer clients individualised, holistic therapy programmes that are based on both clinical evidence and expertise.  I am trained to utilise counselling skills, anxiety management and motivational interviewing in my practice, alongside more specific neurological approaches.  I am also a qualified Postural Stability Instructor. As well as a clinician, I have significant management experience, with the latter part of my career spent working as a Professional Lead in Occupational Therapy. In this role I was responsible for the training and mentorship of staff, alongside service and strategy development in order to enhance therapy provision. 


My clinical expertise lies very much within the field of neurology, where I have developed a keen interest in working with those with Dyspraxia.   I am a strong advocate for the role of Occupational Therapy in providing comprehensive assessment and intervention strategies for those with the condition, in order for them to achieve their goals and to lead a more fulfilling life.


I am fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and an active member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT).



Mary Lymer Dip. COTMary Lymer


After completing sixth form studies I spent a year as a full time volunteer at a Barnardo’s school where I worked as a member of the residential care staff.  It was through enabling the children to participate in everyday activities that I discovered Occupational Therapy and decided it was the career for me.


I trained at the Welsh School of Occupational Therapy, qualifying in 1993.  As a junior I was able to attend an introductory training day on Sensory Integration and this together with my research, “The Nature and Use of Play in Paediatric Occupational Therapy” lead to an interest in sensory issues. I have worked in a variety of NHS Hospitals and community services including neuro rehabilitation, psychiatry, general medicine and surgery, wheelchair and special seating service. I currently work part time for a Local Authority in a team specialising in supporting those living with dementia. 


Working with children has always featured in my life through leadership roles in the Scout and Guide Movements and at Woodlarks Camps for physically handicapped girls.  I have been involved in Scouting since 1987 as a leader. I have always enjoyed enabling people to participate whatever their ability and have been quite inventive at times to achieve the aim! Through watching friends’ children develop and linking back my initial interest in the work of Jean Ayres and Sensory Integration I began to develop my skills further on a number of advanced training days with Dyspraxia UK to become a specialist Assessor of adults with dyspraxia.


During the past year I have provided training to other health professionals to increase the awareness of Dyspraxia and other associated conditions.



Caroline Currid BA(Hons), Dip OT, MSc.Caroline Currid


I completed my BA(Hons) at Lancaster University in 1991, graduating with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After a period of voluntary work for The Shaftsbury Society and travelling, I began my Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy at the Royal London Medical Hospital in Whitechapel. In 1998 I qualified as an Occupational Therapist. I worked in a variety of settings in East and North London developing my skills and gaining experience.  I worked with adults in the areas of Mental Health, Learning Difficulties and Neurology. I particularly enjoyed the community aspect of my work; supporting individuals to access college or work, developing life skills and independence. 

Then in 2005, I moved away from London, initially to Worcestershire and then to Bristol, where I took on a role in a Community Paediatric Occupational Therapy team.  I have worked with children and young people with complex physical, neurological and developmental needs; including Autistic Spectrum disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder.  I really enjoyed working with individuals and their families using a client centred approach, to enable the development of skills, confidence and independence in all aspects of an individual’s life. 


I have undertaken postgraduate training in Handwriting, Sensory processing and in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/ Dyspraxia for both Children and Adults.  I have a keen interest in research and evidence based practice and in 2011 completed an MSc in Occupational Therapy at London South bank University. As part of the programme of study I lead a research project on Occupational Therapy Intervention for young people with handwriting difficulties.  I am currently pursuing research funding to undertake a further study focused on individuals with DCD.   


In September 2014, I completed my advanced training in Dyspraxia/ DCD assessment and treatment approaches with Dyspraxia UK to further develop my expertise in neurodiversity.  I thoroughly enjoy working in this specialist area. Throughout all my work, I am passionate about supporting children and adults to develop their self-confidence and fulfil their potential in life. 




Debbie England, BSc (Hons)Caroline Currid


I qualified with a BSc degree in Occupational Therapy from Canterbury and Christchurch University College in 2004. Previously to this, I trained as a nursery nurse, working in a private day nursery.


After initially completing a rotational post in general medicine, I worked as the lead OT for the Promoting Independence Team for Social Services. 


From 2007 and before joining Dyspraxia UK in 2016, I worked for a Paediatric Occupational Therapy service in the NHS, providing therapy for children within mainstream and special schools, for children aged from birth to 19 years of age and worked as the Team Lead for the Mainstream Schools Service.


I have worked in Private Practice since 2009, helping children to develop their independence skills and motor coordination, alongside working in the NHS, ensuring that I provide a gold standard service for the families who I work with. 


I sat on the CYPF (Children, Young Person and Families) special interest group as the Regional Representative, and contributed to the expert panel for the publication ‘My Child and Me’, a lifestyle magazine for parents of children with additional needs. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as the British Association of Occupational Therapy and a member of the National Handwriting Association (NHA).


In 2016, I completed advanced training in Dyspraxia assessment and treatment approaches with Dyspraxia UK. Additionally, I have completed postgraduate training in SOS Approach to Feeding, Picky Eaters or Problem Feeders, Primitive Reflex Training for Therapists, School AMPS, ensuring that I maintain current and up to date in my knowledge base.


I have been applying Sensory Integration approaches to my therapy intervention since doing further training in 2008.


I am passionate about helping children and their families and look forward to meeting you!



Rob Kirkwood

Dr Rob Kirkwood, D.OccT, MSc/PGDip.OT, BA (Hons)

Since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2002, I have developed a breadth of clinical and research skills working in a range of settings with adults, young people and families. For over 10 years, I have been specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, working with children, young people and families in clinical settings as well as at home and in schools. My key areas of interest include mental health and emotional wellbeing; neurodevelopment; sensory processing and attachment. I continue to work in the NHS as well as independent practice, giving consultation to schools, undertaking neurodevelopmental and paediatric assessments, as well as working with individual clients and families.


In 2013, I gained a Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy for participatory action research I undertook with cohorts of young people with hearing impairment, exploring their lived experience. I have presented my research at conferences both nationally and internationally and have recently co-edited a text book exploring diverse roles for occupational therapists published by M&K Publishing.


Through my mental health and neurodevelopmental work with children and families I have seen first-hand how neurodiversity can be overlooked or misdiagnosed. This has prompted me to develop my knowledge and skills in this fascinating field and has bolstered my commitment to help and support young people and families in making sense of their experiences and to manage its impact upon their daily lives.


I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BOAT); the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and two of its specialist sections - Children, Young People & Families (SS-CYPF) and Independent Practice (SS-IP); the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland; and am registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).



Nicola Johns, MSc. OTClare Lyon

I am a passionate paediatric Occupational Therapist working within London. I studied my Masters in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia having completed my Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia.  I have worked with children with a range of challenges in London since 2009. I am an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner (trained by SI Network UK) and have post-graduate training in Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy, visual stress screening and Makaton signing. I have experience using a range of assessment and treatment strategies with children with ASD, ADHD, dyspraxia/DCD, dyslexia, developmental delay, social communication difficulties and cerebral palsy.  I worked in an independent special needs school for 7 years and currently work in private practice.  I specialise in assessing and treating children with sensory processing, concentration, coordination, postural and handwriting difficulties to help them achieve their full potential.  I use a sensory integrative frame of reference combined with sensory-motor and functional approaches.  I strongly believe that assessment and therapy should be fun and that it is important to provide a gentle, caring and fun-filled atmosphere in order to get the best results.



Victoria McDermott, BSc (Hons)Victoria


I completed my Occupational Therapy degree in 2010 from Sheffield Hallam University. As an undergraduate, my initial clinical placement was working in Neurology and I felt passionate about it after my very first day. During my studies, I also had the privilege to work with children and young adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder sparking my interest in neurodevelopment and sensory processing.
Upon leaving university I worked for the NHS gaining knowledge and skills in the areas of acute stroke, stroke rehabilitation, acute medical (renal, oncology, haematology), neurological out patients and medical rehabilitation. I then worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist in a community stroke team supporting individuals and their families in their own homes providing rehabilitation and equipment to promote independence and achieve their goals. I felt compelled to continue my work in Neurology therefore moved to a private Neurological Rehabilitation unit working with a range of neurological conditions. Here I completed holistic assessments of individuals using standardised and non-standardised assessment measures to create treatment plans with client centred goals at the core of the therapy.
In recent years, I have found interest in clinical training, absence management (supporting people return to work or stay at work following illness or disability) and in acquired brain injury case management. Neurology has been a theme of my career and I am honoured to work with such a diverse client group.
I joined Dyspraxia UK in early 2018 and have completed an assessment and treatment approaches for people of all ages with Dyspraxia/DCD course. I support client led treatment approaches to enable both children and adults to achieve their goals.
I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists, Royal College of Occupational Therapists, British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers and I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I attend conferences throughout the year and practise continual professional development to ever develop my knowledge and skills.
When I am not working I enjoy running and feel proud to say I have run two marathons. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my family.



Vikki Pestell, BSc Occupational TherapyVikki


I decided to become an Occupational Therapist after seeing the impact of our work while volunteering overseas. I returned to the North East of England to begin my degree in Occupational Therapy at Northumbria University, but continued to volunteer overseas at every opportunity.
Seeing the profound impact therapy makes in the lives of children and young people, as well as their families, both here and overseas I completed my degree in Occupational Therapy at Northumbria University.
During the course of my career I’ve completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health as well as become a certified Sensory Integration Practitioner and specialist training in Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder.



Kate Cartwright, BSc (Hons)


I have over 18 years’ experience as a qualified Occupational Therapist both in the UK and overseas.  Working largely for the NHS since qualifying in 2000, I have worked in a variety of settings in Physical, Mental health, Autism services and vocational (work) rehabilitation.  In addition to my Dyspraxia UK consultancy work, I work part time as a specialist Occupational Therapist  in an NHS Asperger’s Service. I provide assessment of people’s day-to-day function including issues with sensory processing, emotional regulation, dyspraxia/motor coordination difficulties and executive functioning problems. I am qualified as a Sensory Integration Practitioner and have gained over 7 years’ experience of applying Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy to practice using a specialist therapy space and mentorship. I am proficient in using a range of sensory assessments including the Sensory Integrations and Praxis Tests (SIPT) which identifies sensory based motor disorders, and the impact on function using tools such as the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). I have advanced training in DCD/Dyspraxia assessment and interventions for adults. I enjoy applying these skills in my work to help people make the most of their lives.


I think it is important to recognise the impact of neurodiverse conditions on people’s everyday lives and work to find a range of interventions and strategies to help people to live, not exist.  I am passionate about working with people to reach their potential, and have a wide range of experience in supporting people to maintain employment in a diverse range of settings. I specialise in  work place assessments and advise HR/Occupational Health on reasonable adjustments.


I regularly deliver training on Autism and Sensory Processing with peer specialists to groups of professionals, carers, and people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, using my experience and specialism within the field. 


I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy.  I enjoy attending professional conferences and special interest groups around DCD/ Dyspraxia and neurodiversity as it is an exciting area to practice in, as there is always so much to learn in this ever developing area.


Jan Mulligan - Ergonomics and Disability Consultant MSc, PGC, MSc (Dist) 


I am a qualified Ergonomist and a specialist in disability and assistive, adaptive and access technology solutions. My qualifications include an MSc. (Distinction) in Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics from University College London (UCL) in 2009, a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Ergonomics from the University of Nottingham in 2006, and an MSc. in Cognitive Science and Intelligent Computing from the University of Westminster in 1997. I am a member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) and of the British Computer Society (BCS).


My professional career in disability started in 1997 with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), where I assessed the computer access needs of visually impaired individuals within the workplace and education. In 2001 I joined AbilityNet, a national pan-disability charity providing IT-related assessment of need, information, advice and support to individuals with any type of disability, of any age, and in any life situation, as well as to professionals and support organisations.


In 2008 I set up my own consultancy, Greenleafe Ergonomics (www.greenleafe.co.uk). We specialise in the prevention, management and reduction of task-related ill-health and accessibility problems associated with disability and/or computer use. Through practical and individually tailored services we assist those with disabilities, medical conditions, chronic or acute injuries, sensory, neuro-diversity and/or literacy difficulties, as well as providing support during the process of returning to study or work following illness or maternity leave. Our clients are based throughout the UK and include blue chip companies, national charities, small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs), sole traders/self-employed, all levels of the education sector, and individuals requiring mobile or home-based solutions. We also work with clients outside the UK, through technologies such as Skype.