Rachel qualified with a BSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town.
She has worked in a variety of settings from NGO, hospital settings, schools and community based therapy, working with a diverse population of children - Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory difficulties, Developmental Coordination Disorder and developmental delays.
She has a post graduate qualification in Neuro Developmental Theory(Bobath) in children with neurological disorders and has had training in using DIR Floortime and Sensory Integration strategies, wheelchair seating and splinting in practice.
She owes her love of children with additional needs to the two years she spent in a rural hospital in South Africa. With no resources, she learnt to think outside the box to cater to a large population of little ones with cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders and the importance of empowering and educating caregivers to be therapists in their own right.
Following on from this hospital, she then spent 3 months working in a special needs center in Himachal Pradesh (Northen India) where she conducted home visits, wheelchair seating and training to health care workers. She then came back to work in Durban, South Africa, in a school for children with a range of developmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Developmetal Co-ordination disorders.
Rachel then moved to London in 2019, working initially as a Band 6 in community paediatric OT and as a Band 7 as the Special Schools OT Team lead, providing therapy for children with EHC plans in a range of specialist schools and centers.
She is very excited to be working with Kiki and her amazing team of therapists!