Maria Doherty

Maria Doherty

Occupational Therapist

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Maria Doherty

Occupational Therapist

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

Education

DipCOT Occupational Therapy – College of Occupational Therapy – Dublin
PGCert Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy – Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Clinical Practice

I have 30 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist with children and adolescents. I have worked in Ireland, England, Scotland and New Zealand. I am experienced in working with children and adolescents with dyspraxia, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, as well as a wide range of other developmental conditions. I also work with children and adolescents who may not have a specific diagnosis however their motor or sensory difficulties may be causing significant impact at home and/or in school. This may include difficulties with handwriting, attention, organisation, PE, accessing leisure activities, personal care (dressing, eating, bathing, toileting). As well as working at The Edinburgh Practice, I work in the NHS with children and adolescents where I work with multi-disciplinary teams in school and clinic settings.

Therapeutic Approach

I empower parents and children by helping them to understand the difficulties that a child or adolescent may be experiencing. I also provide targeted interventions to lessen the impact of their difficulties in everyday life both at home and in school and to promote independence in everyday activities. I believe that it is important the child/adolescent and their family are at the centre of my intervention. As an Occupational Therapist I enable children and young people to reach their full potential and participate as fully as possible in everyday life. A child’s occupation is to play and learn. When this is affected, it can impact on their development, independence and emotional wellbeing.

 

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