Clare Rader

Clare has over 14 years experience working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with children, young people and their families in a variety of healthcare settings; from mainstream and specialist school environments to pre-school nurseries as well as residential children’s homes and respite care places.  She has experience working with infants, young children and adolescents with both mild and complex disabilities; including Cerebral Palsy, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder and Sensory Processing Difficulties.

Clare is especially passionate about working with children who have experienced foetal adversity, traumatic birth and early developmental trauma.  She has undertaken extensive specialist training to work with children suffering from a range of neurological conditions using the Bobath method as well as completing training in Sensory Integration.  She has also embarked upon additional training courses including, postural management, DCD, handwriting and splinting.  Her passion, enthusiasm and commitment to helping children reach their own unique potential led to undertake further postgraduate training in Management of Childhood Disability. More recently, she has certified as an Infant Massage Instructor.

Clare is experienced in using a variety of assessment tools both standardised and non- standardised to formulate individually tailored plans of treatment with realistically achievable and practical goals that are resource enhancing for each child.  Her deep understanding of the unfolding impacts of early adversity and trauma on the daily lives of children and those that care for them informs much of how she works as a practitioner. Clare is also extremely passionate about helping others to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in this field of growing complexity through supervision, coaching and training.

Clare is fully registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  She is also a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section (COTSS-IP).