Our Specialists

Jacqui Penny

BSc (Hons) Applied Biology

Parent Consultant and Kids In Sync Founder

I am first and foremost mum to a son with Autistic Spectrum/Attention Deficit Disorder. With a background in science and business, I became very interested in finding out why he had ASD/ADD and in researching the therapies that might be of help and who offered them. My son made such great progress that I vowed I would set up a clinic to help other affected children and families. Hence the arrival of Kids In Sync Children’s Therapy Centre.

As a parent, I understand what it is like to have a child with difficulties and can save you time and energy in finding out what to do by offering you a telephone consultation to discuss your child’s specific issues and how best to help.

 

Nicole Ray

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

and Sensory Integration Therapy

 

I am a Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist in the field of Paediatrics with a passion and focus for Sensory Integration and postural control therapy. I qualified in 2001 with a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy and proceeded to obtain my postgraduate qualification in Sensory Integration.

  

Over the past 19 years I have worked in both public and private settings and schools and have a wealth of experience in treating babies, mainstream and special needs children as well as young adults in both South Africa and England.

I work with children experiencing a wide range of challenges (including ASD, SPD, Dyspraxia etc ) hindering their ability to progress in their expected developmental milestones by incorporating traditional clinical OT techniques and enhancing them with advanced Sensory Integration techniques and lifestyle recommendations.

Working together with parents so that therapy extends into daily life is core to my beliefs in the overall effectiveness of OT. Parents will therefore find themselves often invited into certain parts of therapy, and meaningful discussions are highly encouraged to brainstorm and problem-solve as a team. In doing so, a greater understanding can be developed deriving greater benefit for their children.

 

Polly Smith

BSc Hons Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

and Sensory Integration Therapy

 

Qualifying in 2000, I am a highly skilled Occupational Therapist registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with many years of experience working with children and adults with a range of physical and mental health issues. With post graduate training in Ayres sensory integration, I specialize in the delivery of sensory integration therapy for children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental conditions. I have worked across a number of settings, including the NHS, special needs schools, mainstream schools and various private practices. I have worked in various diagnostic and treatment-based roles within all of these settings. I am also experienced with assessing for and attending tribunals for EHCP purposes.

 

Deisy Gomez

BSc Hons Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

and Sensory Integration Therapy

After qualifying in 2008 with an Occupational Therapy degree (Brunel University), I worked in a hospital-based role for several years mainly in adult inpatient care and rehabilitation. My passion, however, was to work in paediatrics and in 2015, I transitioned to working with children and young people with barriers to learning and have since gained considerable experience with individuals aged 0-19 years with diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, attention difficulties, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, dyspraxia and/or developmental, behavioural and emotional needs. I have also treated children with Down Syndrome, Genetic Disorders and Cerebral Palsy periodically over my career.

 

I am committed to professional development and have undertaken Modules 1-2 postgraduate training in Sensory Integration with Ulster University. I am also trained as an SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding therapist and support families and children for whom eating is a challenge. 

 

I am used to collaborating with other therapists, parents and families, using a client centred approach to ensure children and young people receive the support they need to reach their potential in education and to participate in meaningful activities in play, school and self-care.

 

Hanieh Abraheh

BSc Hons Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy (Neuroscience)

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

and Sensory Integration Therapy

 

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2011 (Brunel – London) and initially worked in the NHS in different settings including hospital inpatients and the community. After achieving a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy – Neuroscience (Brunel – London) in 2015, I worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in clinic and schools. With special interest in Neuroscience, I then extended my qualifications in Sensory Integration Therapy. I have been applying my knowledge and skills in helping children and adolescents with various neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), learning difficulties, down syndrome and cerebral palsy, to reach their full potential. I have completed training in Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism and Makaton to help children with specific needs. I am a member of Health and Care Professions Council and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

 

Ana Pires

BSc Hons Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

and Sensory Integration Therapy

 

I am a professional member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and a member of the Children, Young People and Families specialist section. I hold a BSc degree in Occupational Therapy (2014) and specialise in working with children and young people with diverse disabilities including learning disabilities, DCD (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder), Down Syndrome, rare diseases and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am an Advanced qualified Sensory Integration practitioner and have completed accredited training courses in ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis), CO-OP (to support children with DCD) and the SOS feeding approach.  I was vice president of the scientific committee of the National Meeting of Occupational Therapy Students (Portugal) and took part in “Occupational Therapy, sensory integration – from research to clinical” linked with Seven Senses (Portugal). I currently work in an NHS community-based service as well as providing services to Kids in Sync and local schools. I’ve also worked at Easy Steps – Blooming Tree ABA specialist nursery, as an Occupational Therapist for children with learning disabilities or Autism from 0 to 5 years old.

 

Jacqui Taylor

Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Certified Advanced Practitioner of Neurostructural Integration Technique and Certified Practitioner of Touch For Health / Applied Kinesiology, Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council registered practitioner, Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, MNLP and Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy, NLH Member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy, International Institute of Applied Health Services and International Federation of Professional

Wellbeing Therapy & Kinesiology

 

I initially qualified as an Aromatherapist in 1991, becoming a massage tutor for the Tisserand Institute of Aromatherapy. With a strongly developing interest in healing, teaching and coaching others, I gained qualifications and expertise in a number of holistic health therapies, incorporating all aspects of bodywork including Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Applied Kinesiology and Neurostructural Integration Technique, as well as deep tissue massage and structural realignment. Building on my interest in psychology, I continued my professional development, gaining further qualifications and expertise in Neuro Linguistic Programming including time line therapy, allergy process and phobias, specialising in interventions which enable my clients to develop a positive attitude and reach their true potential.  Given the various holistic therapies at my disposal I aim to bring about emotional and physical healing to each individual, on all levels whether they be a stressed parent, an individual with a debilitating illness or condition or an anxious and hypersensitive child on the autistic spectrum.

 

Sophie Allen

Nutritional Therapy

 

I am a fully accredited nutritional therapist. I studied at Westminster University earning a Bachelor of Science with honours in Nutritional Therapy. I have a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Stella Chadwick

BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy, Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Associate Member of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, Member of the British Association for Applied Nutritional Therapy (BANT), and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Biomedical Therapy and Functional Medicine

 

I am a highly experienced Clinical Nutritionist and Biomedical Specialist with qualifications in Nutritional Genomics, the science of the relationship between genetics, nutrition and health. Through formulating nutritional and biomedical strategies to enhance body and brain connections, I am committed to achieving optimum health for children and young adults on the autism spectrum, as well as those with behavioural and learning difficulties, and food and chemical sensitivities.

 

Susan Brooks

MSc, P.G.C.E. BSoc Sci (AFBPS). Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society. Educational Psychologist, Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council.

Psychology

 

I am a Chartered Educational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice. I specialise in child and adolescent development and apply psychological models and theories to understand situations to enable children and young people to fulfill their potential. I can provide consultation, therapeutic intervention, training, and expert witness work. I offer detailed specialist assessments (neuro-cognitive and diagnostic assessment) including assessments for a range of challenges including literacy or numeracy difficulties and social or emotional challenges. I also offer diagnostic assessment for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I will formulate interventions to enable children and young people to progress and to work towards clear outcomes. I work, where appropriate, in partnership with school staff, young people and their parents/ carers and other professionals.

 

Dr. Georgina Hibbert

HPCP and BPS registered, Member of ACHIPP and the Counselling Directory

Clinical Psychologist

 

I am a child and adolescent clinical psychologist and carry out neurological assessments including assessments for autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as assessments of learning and cognitive abilities. I also offer therapeutic interventions for a range of child and adolescent emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have qualifications in family therapy and work with families who have been affected by the impact of caring for a child with developmental or mental health difficulties.

 

Martina Moini

BSc Psychology, Advanced Diploma in Child Development

Behavioural Therapy / Social and Emotional Development

 

I have 14 years’ experience of working with children with autism, originally as an ABA therapist, in many different settings including in the home, schools and nurseries.

In 2006 I trained in RDI® (Relationship Development Intervention) at the Connections Center in Houston, which alongside my post graduate diploma in child development, forms the basis of the developmental – relational approach I currently use in my group and individual work with children with ASD.

 

I no longer focus on ABA and instead recommend a Positive / Gentle Discipline approach. I offer home based support with challenging behaviours, communication and social skills. My work has a strong focus on the child’s emotional wellbeing.

 

Jacqui Wright

BSc (Log) Hons, UCT, South Africa, MRCSLT, CertHCPC, MASTLTIP, Sr Assoc RSM Speech Pathology and Audiology

Speech & Language Therapy

 

I am an independent highly specialist speech and language therapist specialising in neurodevelopmental disorders and children, teenagers and young adults with complex needs including: Auditory Processing Disorders (in liaison with Dr Tony Sirimanna, Audiological Physician, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London), Specific Language Impairment, Sensory Processing Disorders & Dyspraxia with language/communication issues (in liaison with Sensory Integration Occupational therapists), Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers/ADHD, Social & Emotional Communication Difficulties (where I offer individual and/or group therapy using social communication programmes and CBT), Selective Mutism, Dyslexia, Individuals with Reading, Spelling & Writing Difficulties and Pre-teen and Teenage Communication difficulties.

Based in Harley Street at the Childhood Communication Consultancy (with an additional practice in Carlton, Bedfordshire), I am also a provider of Cogmed, The Listening Programme, and TalkTools.

 

Auditory & Brain Training

We use auditory systems including the iLs (integrated Listening system) and The Listening System in the clinic at times, according to children’s needs. Parents can also hire/gain access to use these programmes with their children at home.  Neurofeedback is provided by Brain Train UK either at Kids In Sync or via their regional clinics.

 

Behavioural Therapy

Kids n Sync associates with Child Autism UK and other local ABA practitioners to provide ABA programmes at home and/or in your child’s school.

 

Child Counselling

Kids In Sync associates with the Terapia Centre in North London and the Butterfly Room in Stevenage who provide specialist counselling, art and play therapy, psychotherapy and bespoke mental health services to children with ASD and other conditions, their parents and their families.

 

Physiotherapy

Kids In Sync collaborates with physiotherapists local to the clinic in North London who specialize in treating children with developmental disorders. Physiotherapy can be delivered at Kids In Sync where necessary.

Kids In Sync

Children's Therapy Centre

11 Hadley Grove

Barnet EN5 4PH

020 8441 3201

info@kidsinsync.com

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