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Research interests

I am interested in research involving children with developmental delays, sensory integration (SI) difficulties, and / or social and emotional challenges.  I have a particular interest in the use of narrative as a means of exploring the lives of children and in the use of visual methods as a means of gathering and presenting data.

My other areas of interest include educational theory, outcome measurement, and Occupational Science.

Scholarly biography

I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, having completed an MSc in Health Through Occupation.  I completed subsequent postgraduate training in Bobath Therapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy, and Sensory Integration (SI).

Whilst working as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist within a children's therapy service, I created a new adapted scale for the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) for children with sensory processing difficulties.  The scale was subsequently included in the 2019 TOM User Guide for clinicians.

In 2019, I completed my MRes in Clinical Research having conducted a research project based on two children with special educational needs within a mainstream Primary School.  This is currently under consideration for publication in an international therapy journal.

I began teaching on the BSc OT programme as a visiting lecturer in 2019 before being offered a permanent role teaching on the MSc (pre-reg) programme in September 2020.

Approach to teaching

I predominantly use problem based learning (PBL) as a teaching approach on the OT MSc course.  I find this fits well with the client-centred ethos of the OT profession as well as my own philosophy of teaching, which is to facilitate learning through self-directed enquiry and reflective dialogue.


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