Senior Occupational Therapist
Margaret graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She subsequently completed her Masters of Science on full scholarship, researching the experiences of students with autism in secondary schools. Margaret has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration through the University of Ulster and the Sensory Integration Network (UK and Ireland). She is a Sensory Integration Practitioner, and qualified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), the gold standard assessment in Sensory Integration.
Margaret has worked in the UK since graduating. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in a specialist residential school for students aged 11-19 with challenging behaviour, severe intellectual disabilities and autism. Here, Margaret gained experience in functional analysis of behaviour as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and implementing sensory strategies to support management of behaviour. She also supported students to develop their functional independence skills in personal care tasks, dressing and feeding.
Margaret then worked as a Specialist Occupational Therapist in a Special Needs school with children aged 3-19, who had autism and moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. Here, Margaret worked with teachers, parents and the local education authority to support students to engage fully in the school environment, enhancing their attention, learning and development.
Margaret is highly experienced in the assessment and intervention of sensory integration difficulties in children and adolescents. She carries out a wide range of standardised sensory and motor assessments to support the diagnosis of sensory integration difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia. She is experienced in working with children with a range of conditions, including Autism Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Dyspraxia, ADHD and various genetic conditions including Sanfilippo Syndrome, Soto’s Syndrome, Turner’s Syndrome and Fragile X. She is experienced in assessing and working with children with moderate to severe intellectual disability through play.