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Sandy Lacey

Post Graduate Diploma Occupational Therapy
Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner (SIE Module 4)

Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration specialist for children and adolescents, including Autism, Developmental Trauma, Brain Injury, Learning Difficulties, Progressive neurological conditions, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy . . .

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Sandy is an Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration specialist with remarkable experience in the Assessment and Treatment of children and young people.

 Alongside her work through The OT Centre, Sandy is an appointed Lecturer for the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. For the last three years Sandy has been appointed to Cardiff University in two roles. The first as a treating therapist within a research study looking at the effectiveness of Sensory Integration Therapy with children on the autistic spectrum, aged between 4 and 11 and attending mainstream school. The Study compares the effectiveness of this intervention with a control group of children within the NHS receiving what is more usually available. Results are scheduled for publication in 2021. In her second role, Sandy is a lecturer for the OT Degree and Diploma Courses, providing students with the opportunity to observe and work alongside her in the assessment and treatment of children with various conditions, including early trauma.

In her research role, Sandy treated 14 children, each for nearly 6 months. Initial twice weekly sessions were followed by fortnightly sessions. For some of the children there were considerable changes in function & engagement. For Sandy participation in this research has given her extensive experience working more intensely with children for longer periods of time and the changes that are possible in terms of their participation in a wider range of activities and increasing confidence and self esteem.

Sandy’s lectureship role has called on a variety of clinical and therapeutic skills providing a ‘safe place’ for children with intervention and strategies for better regulation of the sensory / nervous system involving parents and forming close alliances with schools and caregivers within the child’s life.

Sandy has also worked extensively within the NHS as a Paediatric OT specialising in sensory integration.

At Cwm Taff she focused on working with children with a Diagnoses of Autism and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder providing 1:1 treatment within a clinic space and advising parents and teaching staff on any necessary adaptations and the implementation of sensory strategies.

Within Wiltshire Sandy was part of a multidisciplinary team and specialised in working with children/young people in transition from school to adult services. She helped to identify placements that could meet their needs, provided and monitored sensory strategies and where necessary any specialist equipment, movement and handling plans and postural management protocols together with physiotherapy colleagues. This role also involved providing training to staff teams about sensory integration and in particular the relationship of certain behaviors to sensory needs.

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

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