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 Sally

Childrens Occupational Therapist

Hi there, my name is Sally Hills-Davis. Welcome to The Practical Child. Since 2008, I’ve been working as a certified Occupational Therapist working with children. I have also undertaken the Bobath Foundation course, an 8 week post registration course in Neuro-Development Treatment and Allied Neurological Conditions. In addition to this i have completed the course Early Assessment and Intervention with babies and Young Children.   l specialise in child development and really enjoy supporting parents and care givers with all kinds of developmental and functional difficulties that impact on a child's wellbeing and their ability to engage in the activities that they want to do. These can be skills such as playing with friends, joining in sports, cooking, handwriting, organizational skills, dressing and potty/toilet training . For babies it maybe being able to roll onto the side to or sit up to play with the childs favorite toy.

I am also supporting parents and care givers of pre-term babies/babies and children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, DCD and a range of disabilities as well as assisting with child behavior improvement strategies. This is my passion and i want to share my knowledge, experience and tips with you and your child to support positive outcomes.
I live on the south coast of England on a boat with my husband Michael. Between us, we have 4 children and 6 beautiful grandchildren with the 7th on the way, so i have plenty of empathy and understanding of the joys, trials and tribulations of raising children in today's world.

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Kirsty

Childrens Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Kirsty Brocklehurst, I have been working as a charted Physiotherapist since 2006. In 2009 I joined Sally to work with young children. Since then I have specialised in child development and love working with children and their families to support their development with gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling and walking.

We support children with and without disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and a wide range of genetic syndromes. I'm a firm believer in looking at the child as a whole and am often amazed how a task that on the surface seems so simple, such as crawling for example, can have a huge impact on many other aspects of a child's development and future skills. Did you know that crawling as a baby can affect handwriting as a 5 year old!

I have 2 young children of my own and know first hand all the joys and challenges that brings!

I am so excited to share all of this with you and help you to support your own child progress.

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