Bridget Bagshaw

Bridget is a highly specialised Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 25 years experience in a diverse range of settings: Mainstream schools and special schools, Child Development Centres, Community Clinics and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in London.  She has worked with a wide range of paediatric difficulties including, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties.  Bridget has also worked extensively with children and young people who have suffered from early adversity, trauma and neglect.

Bridget has considerable experience carrying out specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy assessments of sensory processing, motor function, perceptual and functional skills and in formulating individually tailored treatment programmes that are playfully engaging and full of fun-packed age-appropriate activities.  Her sensitivity, genuine warmth and kindness coupled with her playful approach permeate all of her therapeutic work with children, young people and those that care and support them.

Prior to setting up in independent practice in 2016, Bridget worked for over 10 years in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in central London where she was involved in carrying out complex neurodevelopmental assessments for children with Autism, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome and other associated neurodevelopmental conditions.  She was involved in setting up an ADHD parents’ group and Tic clinic jointly with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.   This work provided the impetus for Bridget to undertake further training in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and carry out specialist assessments for Autism. She has also completed advanced sensory integration training.

Additionally, Bridget was deeply involved in developing specialist Occupational Therapy provision within the CAMHS service as a whole.  This frequently involved staff training in relation to the role of Occupational Therapy as well as the design and delivery of an Occupational Therapy care pathway within a multidisciplinary context.  Her overall goal has always been to improve a child’s emotional health and well-being, their functional independence in all activities of daily living and optimise learning at home, school and in the community. She is deeply passionate about working collaboratively with families, carers, school staff and other professionals in the child’s network to support them reach their own unique potential.

Bridget is wholeheartedly committed to maintaining and improving her clinical practice and expanding her knowledge through professional development and specialist training. She is  fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Network-UK and Ireland.