DOTS for Children

Meet Diana -Director and Clinical Lead therapist

My Background and Qualifications

I qualified in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and completed a MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy in 2016.

I am also an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration since 2014. I am working as a Clinical Specialist in Paediatric Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings and I am registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) and a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and CYPF specialist interest section.

Born in Germany, I moved to Ireland in 2004 and worked as a health care assistant in a hospital for the Elderly before studying Occupational Therapy at University College Cork (four-year degree). After qualifying, I worked with teenagers with ASD as part of a private practice. In 2011, I moved to the UK to work as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in an NHS trust in Hampshire and Surrey working with children with a variety of conditions aged 0-19 years old.

In 2012, I started a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy position in an NHS trust in London and was promoted to being a Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist in 2014. I was then promoted to Band 8 Team lead and clinical specialist in the NHS. I am now the director of DOTS for Children Ltd. I am School AMPS trained, Bobath trained and certified PDA therapist.

I have done extensive research in the use of the SCERTS model and supported its set up in varies special schools. I also work as an expert witness for medico legal cases and support EHCP application, implementation, and tribunal matters. My passion lies in research, working with children and young adults with complex conditions and backgrounds including LAC, ASD, attachment and sensory processing difficulties.

I am here to provide a truly thorough, personalised service for your child – one that empowers them to thrive. If you would like to know more about my paediatric occupational therapy in London (Southwark), feel free to get in touch.