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Meet the Little Tots team

We are all highly specialist therapists working with babies and young children within the National Health Service (NHS).

We are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are all DBS checked.

Lisa O'Connor

Lisa has over 15 years’ experience working in paediatrics for the NHS. During this time Lisa has worked with babies and children between 0-19 in a variety of settings including family’s homes, nurseries, schools, neonatal intensive care, inpatient children's wards and as part of a specialist feeding and swallowing team. Lisa has post graduate training in Bobath, SOS approach to feeding, Sensory Integration (module one), Functional approaches to hemiplegia, Hand Assessment of Infancy (HAI) and Newborn Behavioural Observations (Brazelton).

Lisa has a special interest in supporting babies and parents who have spent time on the neonatal unit. She is passionate about early intervention particularly for children with unilateral (hemiplegia) cerebral palsy using modified constraint induced movement therapy (mCIMT).

Lisa is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (MRCOT), Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section: Children, Young People and Families and a Neonatal occupational therapy specialist interest group. She is also a qualified NBO practitioner for the Brazelton centre.

Lisa is married with two young children and loves cooking.

Tabitha Folly

Tabitha has worked for over seventeen years as a Children’s Physiotherapist. During this time, she has worked on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Wexham Park Hospital and in Essex, providing early intervention for premature babies and follow-up developmental clinics in the community. She has also worked in the community providing specialist physiotherapy to children with complex needs from 0-19 years.

Tabitha is a Bobath trained physiotherapist completing the Eight week split course, Introduction and Advanced Early Intervention and Assessment courses. She has also completed the Bayleys III Assessment course (standardised baby assessment) and the Prechtl course to assess baby’s normal movements. She has recently started working as an expert witness writing medico-legal reports.

Tabitha lives with her husband, 2 daughters and a garden full of chickens and budgies.

Nikki Sargeant

Nikki is a qualified Occupational Therapist (BSc Hons) and has been working as a children’s Occupational Therapist since 2009. During this time she has worked with children from newborn to 19 years with a range of physical and sensory needs across a variety of settings including, the community, children’s inpatient wards and the Neonatal intensive care unit.

Nikki’s postgraduate training includes: Neonatal Behavioural Observation (Brazelton), Bobath Early Assessment and Intervention with babies and young children, Sensory Integration Module 1 (Foundations and neuroscience), Sensory Integration Network: Baby Sense, Bliss Family Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (level 1), Sensory Babies, Functional Hand Use in Hemiplegia, Bobath Hemiplegia course, Assisting Hand Assessment (standardised assessment for children with hemiplegia).

Nikki is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (MRCOT) including its specialist section: Children, Young People and Families and the Neonatal specialist interest group.

Nikki lives with her husband, teenage daughters and her naughty dog called Jack.

Sarah Heaton

Sarah has been working as a children's physiotherapist for seven years and has worked in a variety of settings, including; neonatal ward, paediatric wards, education and within the community. She is currently working as a highly specialised physiotherapist for the NHS, providing therapy to children of all ages, from newborn into early adulthood. Sarah is passionate about working with children and has experience in complex needs, musculoskeletal and respiratory problems. Sarah has been actively involved in the development and provision of early intervention and follow up to children who were born prematurely, had difficulties around the time of birth or have developmental concerns.

Sarah is a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and belongs to the Neonatal Specialist Interest Group and attends the annual neonatal conference to stay informed of the latest advances in research and practice within early intervention. She has completed the Bobath Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and Young Children training, management of neuromuscular conditions and is a qualified Rebound Therapist. She is also trained in hydrotherapy, lycra garment assessments and orthotics provision.

Sarah is currently training for her first 10k run.

Contact us

If you would like to contact a member of the team to arrange an appointment or just ask some questions please email us at info@littletotstherapy.co.uk or phone 07538 189071
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