Ann-Marie Baker BSc OT Reg
I have been practicing as a fully qualified Occupational Therapist since May 2000. I graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and I am committed to Continued Professional Development, which is a requirement of my profession. I knew early on in my career that I wanted to work with children and their families. After graduating, I spent 2 years at a rehabilitation centre in Montreal working with children under 4 years of age with developmental delay, cerebral palsy and genetic conditions such as Down’s Syndrome.
I regularly attend courses, read journals and access online resources so that I stay up to date with evidence-based practice. Some of the courses I have attended in the past 3 years include:
- Radiant Child Yoga training (Levels 1-3)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intervention Strategies for Sensory, Motor and Sensory-based Behavioural Components Across the Lifespan
- Sensory Integration and Trauma in Children
- Zones of Regulation: Newest Thinking and Teaching Tools
- Reflex Integration to Support Education
- A Contemporary Occupational Performance Approach to Paediatric Self-Regulation
- TASSELS – Tactile Signing for Sensory Learners
- The Traffic Jam in My Brain – A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences
- Using Ayres’ Sensory Integration with Children with ASD
My Work in the U.K.
I moved to the UK in 2002 and spent 2 years working in the community for various Health Trusts in London. My career then took me to Bristol where I spent the next 7 years working at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. As the Senior Occupational Therapist, I provided upper limb assessment and treatment, including the moulding of splints. I also played a major role in ensuring that children were discharged safely from the hospital following their surgical interventions. This involved conducting home visits, arranging for specialized equipment and teaching families how to use these devices safely. I also liaised with schools and health care professionals throughout the South West of England to ensure that the needs of each child were met at the time of discharge.
I have been back in Bristol with my family since 2014 and look forward to providing quality assessment, treatment and consultation for children in the community. I strive to work within a family’s budget and am able to adapt to ever-changing circumstances.
My Work in Canada
In 2011, I had an opportunity to start up a private paediatric service in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I designed individual treatment plans to fit the needs and budgets of the families that I worked with in the community. I assisted children with developmental delay, handwriting difficulties, movement problems such as Developmental Coordination Disorder and sensory difficulties such as tactile defensiveness. I also advised schools on how to make environmental adjustments in order to improve the attention and concentration of students. I actively listen to the goals of the family and the child in order to guide my treatment approach and focus. I include and encourage caregivers to participate and observe my sessions and also loan materials that can be used at home or at school which complement my interventions.
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