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Donna Podesta

Bsc (hons) Occupational Therapy
PGCert in Sensory Integration

Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration specialist for children and young adults, including Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Occupational Therapy for adults with complex needs.

About Donna

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Exceptional professional experience as an Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Practitioner working in community settings and school-based practice. Donna works directly with children who have a diagnosis of autism and complex needs alongside providing support for children with special educational needs within mainstream schools. Donna has previously worked as an OT within NHS multidisciplinary community teams using her skills to support adults with complex needs and disabilities.

Donna is passionate about Sensory Integration and the impact of the sensory systems on function, learning and behaviour. She has presented at school trust wide conferences, sharing her knowledge and experiences. Donna continues to provide training for teachers, students, SENCo’s, parents and caregivers on sensory challenges and how to develop skills and strategies to enhance the lives of children with autism and complex needs. She is experienced in providing a range of services from Assessments, Reports (including support for EHCP’s), Sensory Diets, Goal Directed Intervention Programmes and Training for families and educators.

Donna’s direct work with children focuses on helping them to gain skills, develop their independence in life and reach their academic potential. This includes intervention to develop fine and gross motor skills, visual-motor skills, perceptual skills, emotional regulation and executive functioning skills.

Donna has attended extensive training on Handwriting Difficulties in children from Dr Sidney Chu a renowned expert within the field of OT in helping children with complex needs and sensory processing disorders.

Donna is an excellent team member and prides herself on her professional and positive attitude. She is regarded as a dynamic, personable, friendly, kind and caring person who is quick to establish a rapport with the families and the children she works with.

Donna has a First Class Honours degree in Occupational Therapy and has achieved her PGCert in Sensory Integration through the Sensory Integration Network and Ulster University. Donna considers herself to be a lifelong learner and continues to develop her professional skills whilst keeping up to date with the latest evidence based research.

Donna is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

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