M.Sc OT., HCPC, HPC Reg. CPAM/PL/OT/027
Alice grew up in Botswana and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics in South Africa. She then went on to complete her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom in 2015. She is Board certified with Council for Professional Allied with Medicine in Cayman Island as well as the Health and Care Professions council in the UK and Botswana.
Alice worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a busy London based hospital before returning to Botswana where she gained 3 years’ experience working within a private paediatric practice, offering clinic and school-based assessments and therapy. During her time there, Alice adopted a sensory based approach to treatment when working with children of all ages, with various conditions including; autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, brachial plexus injury, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning difficulties and challenges with handwriting. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team Alice prioritises each child’s optimal health, well-being and development in all areas of life.
Alice is passionate about early intervention and inclusion; ensuring all children have valuable opportunities for positive engagement and development. In addition to individual therapy sessions, she has extensive experience with group therapy, including; “Learn to Ride” bicycle programs, Move to Learn perceptual movement program, sensory art groups, sensory-motor movement groups, handwriting programs and holiday programs. Alice prides herself on grading all activities to meet each child’s unique capabilities and interests while further developing their skills and obtaining their goals through a fun, play-based approach.
Alice appreciates cultural diversity and the influence of the wider environment on an individual’s social, emotional and physical development and success. Taking this into consideration she utilises a collaborative approach to providing effective family-centred care. Alice has facilitated support groups for parents of children with Autism spectrum disorder and various parent and teacher guidance and training.
To maintain her professional development Alice has attended many conferences and workshops including the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference 2018- Support for Learning Conference, addressing many topics including depression and anxiety within childhood, managing challenging behaviour, dyslexia and “Growing brains” (neurological differences between boys and girls and impact on engagement). She has also gained specialised training on cerebral palsy within low income settings and childhood dyspraxia.