Founder, Clinical Director & Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Ayres Sensory Integration
BSc (Hons) OT, PGCert SI, MAOTI
Eavan founded Thrive Occupational Therapy in 2014. Eavan is a specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Director of Clinical Services at Thrive OT. Eavan believes that every child has the potential to thrive.
Eavan has a vast array of experience as a peadiatric Occupational Therapist. Eavan began her working career in London, working for the National Autistic Society as Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist at the Sybil Elgar School – the first school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the world. Since then, Eavan has worked in Australia, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, working across a number of settings including public health services – both the HSE and NHS, school and education services as well as working within the private sector. Eavan has extensive experience providing assessment and therapeutic intervention to children and adolescents with complex and varied needs including Sensory Processing Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, ADD, DCD, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, learning difficulties, motor coordination challenges, attachment difficulties and other developmental, learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Eavan has also delivered training programmes, workshops and in-services to educational staff, parents and families and various organisations on a range of topics.
Eavan is passionate about providing an excellent standard of service to children, young people and their families. Fascinated by neuroscience and child development, she has a particular special interest in sensory processing difficulties and how these may manifest in motor, learning, attention and behavioural challenges. Eavan is also highly passionate about children’s mental and emotional well-being and does her utmost to raise awareness and understanding about the mental health challenges and pressures our children and young people are facing on a daily basis.
Eavan strives to be the best therapist she can possibly be. Eavan continually participates in ongoing professional development. She utilises new and current evidence-based research and clinical experience alongside traditional Occupational Therapy approaches. She aims to give each child and family with whom she works the best of her experience, skills and knowledge to maximise their function and independence at home and at school so that they can live meaningful lives. Eavan believes that working in partnership with parents, carers and teachers is vital to achieve the best outcomes.
Eavan has completed post-graduate qualification studies in Sensory Integration and is an Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy®. Eavan is also qualified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). Some of the further trainings Eavan has completed include: Sensory Attachment Intervention, Goal Attainment Scaling, The Application of Developmental Therapy in the Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disabilities, SCERTS® for Autism, Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues, The ALERT Program for Self-Regulation: How Does Your Engine Run?, Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach, Advanced Intervention for Ideational Praxis, CO-OP for DCD, Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour? Studio III – Management of Challenging Behaviours, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Makaton, Brain Gym, The Therapeutic Listening Programme: Listening with the Whole Body, The Traffic Jam inside my Brain: A Sensory Processing Approach to challenges associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural differences. Eavan is trained to implement the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) assessment to identify the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Since graduating Stacey has worked in a range of public and private sector settings across Ireland and the UK.
Stacey has experience working with children in clinic, home and school settings supporting children with a variety of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Coordination Disorders and ADHD. Stacey’s previous roles include that of a Specialist Occupational Therapist in the NHS in England, she worked in rotational post where her caseload included working with children with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities and children with high care needs. Stacey has also previously worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in a number of other children’s OT clinics in Leinster and Munster.
Stacey is a keen and passionate Paediatric OT and has a special interest in Sensory Integration difficulties. Stacey is currently undertaking a post graduate qualification in Sensory Integration. Further training which Stacey has completed includes The Sensory Toolkit and Handwriting Without Tears.
Stacey believes every child should been given the opportunity to reach their full potential and, when given the right tools, all children can thrive!
Siobhan qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Northampton in 2011.
Since then Siobhan has worked in many areas as an Occupational Therapist.
Siobhan has previous experience as a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist in St Georges Hospital, London. Here she worked with children within the Special School Services, providing assessments and therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents with complex and varied needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, DCD/ Dyspraxia, ADHD, motor skill difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, and difficulties with social-emotional skills.
Siobhan has completed additional training in Understanding Sensory Processing and Putting it in Practice, Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour,Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues, Handwriting without Tears and Outcome Framework and Goal Attainment Scale. Siobhan has recently begun her Post Graduate Qualification in Sensory Integration through the University of Ulster.
Siobhan is highly fascinated by child development and loves building therapeutic relationships with children and their families. Her firm belief is that every child deserves to achieve goals and she is passionate about doing what she can as an Occupational Therapist to help them to do so.