Occupational Therapists

Professional development for occupational therapists

Áine was the first occupational therapist in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious SPHeRE scholarship from the HRB (Health Research Board).

Áine has post-graduate training in population health and health services research methodologies, health economics, health policy and health informatics.

Áine has post-graduate training in population health and health services research methodologies, health economics, health policy and health informatics. During her doctoral studies she examined the most effective interventions to treat Developmental Coordination Disorder, and how to combat the negative impacts it has on inclusion and participation for young people.

Áine provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and educational workshops for occupational therapists, parents, and educators. Áine is passionate about supporting evidence-based practice via knowledge translation, clinical reasoning and supervision. In addition, Áine works collaboratively with managers and organisations supporting them to identify their goals and implement their vision and policy initiatives.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

"Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives." - British Association of Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists examine children's and adult's daily occupations - that is, their activities. Occupational therapists aim to support people to achieve as much as possible for themselves, enabling them to get the most out of life.

Occupational therapy uses specialist approaches and techniques to maximise an individual’s engagement, achievement, and independence in all activities across various life areas (work, school, play, leisure, or general self-care skills).

All individuals have specific challenges and strengths when it comes to organisational skills, handwriting, dressing, feeding, study skills, managing friendships and relationships. It is the occupational therapist's job to promote engagement enhance participation in everyday life.

Áine provides clinical supervision and professional development training to support occupational therapists to deliver best-practice interventions.