Hello, I’m Shauna and I have worked in Sundial since March 2021. My first post after graduating was in the NHS on acute wards during Covid 19. I have always had a passion for working with children and young adults. Since starting at Sundial I have set up Equine Assisted Occupational Therapy (EAOT) which I will develop so this fantastic intervention will grow and support a wider client group.
My studies in postgraduate Sensory integration (SI) therapy through Sensory Integration Education allows me to practice with a specialist area in SI. My strength is being innovative and creative together with my team of multi professional specialists. I am excited for what’s to come.
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies
Hey, I’m Laura and I have worked with Sundial since June 2021 as a Therapy Assistant. Before starting, I worked as a Disabled Children and Young Person’s Project Coordinator for Merseyside Youth Association, managing a Short Breaks service. I am highly experienced in providing inclusive outreach to families and tracking the development of children and young people with disabilities. I’ve also worked in supportive roles alongside children and young people with a range of disabilities in Specialist Schools, Mainstream Schools, PRUs and Nurseries across the North West. I have undertaken training in Intensive Interaction and Mental Health for children and young people with additional needs.
This diverse experience has led me to Sundials where I’m proud to be part of a passionate, highly specialist team and I’m lucky enough to spend my weeks assisting the Therapists with administrative tasks, supporting students across school and making sure our wonderful Therapy Dog, Nico, gets the attention he deserves!
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
Hello, my name is Sam. I joined the therapy team following a year working in an acute general medical setting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During my training as a Learning Disabilities nurse, I have worked in a variety of settings which have included working in a CAMHS complex needs team, an adult Learning Disability community team, Autism and Learning Disabilities acute liaison services as well as specialist mental health settings.
My area of interest is positive behaviour support, particularly gaining an understanding of the functions behind behaviours. I’m passionate about health facilitation and how this effects children and young people with Autism, building on my experience working in acute liaison services.
My training in September 2021 with The Sleep Charity to practice as a sleep practitioner enables me to provide more specialist and in-depth support to children and young people with Autism who are affected by difficulties with sleep. I have also trained with the Sensory Integration Network on working with individuals with feeding difficulties and can offer personalised dietary support to children and young people.
Foundation degree in supporting and learning.
Hello, I’m Karen and I have been working as an Occupational therapist assistant since March 2020 and I am established member of the Sundial multi-disciplinary team. Previous to this I’ve worked as a special support assistant for 18 years working within a multi-disciplinary team with students 4- 19.
I’m also a trained emotional literacy support assistant. As part of the emotional literacy I look at self-awareness and empathy, self-regulation, self-motivation and social skills. Since starting my occupational therapist assistant role I have undergone further training in Sensory integration and Equine assisted therapy.