Abbie is a Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist who is dedicated to working with children with a range of neurological disorders such as: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay, Learning Difficulties and others. Abbie is a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner with a sound knowledge of child development.
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a holistic approach to health, which does not separate physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental health from each other. OT's look at the interaction of the person (e.g. motivation, emotions, resilience, choice, roles) their occupations (e.g. how they do things) and their environment (physical, cultural, social, institutional). This means working with children by enabling them to experience life and actively engage in doing things they enjoy!
Abbie was introduced to equine assisted psychotherapy in Andalucia, Spain and has subsequently researched the use of therapeutic horsemanship to discover quality evidence that it nurtures respect, trust, confidence, self-esteem, decision-making, problem-solving, leadership and relaxation in children. Studies show that being outside in the fresh air, doing physical exercise and interacting with the horses and people enhances social and communication skills, physical body changes (e.g. muscle, skeletal, nervous and circulatory systems, motor learning and sensory), enjoyment of life and much more. After shadowing Eagala trained therapists, she has previously trained as the mental health professional in the Eagala model team (although certification has now expired in 2017). She is delighted now to combine her skills as an OT with her passion for horses.