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Elaine Eardley Bsc OT
Elaine has been qualified as an Occupational Therapist since 2002. Before qualifying as an OT she studied Psychology at The University of Wales and worked as a Therapy Assistant at Highbank Rehabilitation Centre in Bury, this led to a career in Occupational Therapy.
She has worked in the private sector since 2014 and provides specialised occupational therapy to both children and adults with acquired brain injury. Within KW Therapy she supports the rehabilitation needs through the identification of physical and cognitive impairments. Elaine feels by establishing therapeutic relationships early on it enables her to set purposeful, individualised goals using a client-centered approach. This also assists when creating effective treatment plans to support and facilitate independence and improvement in functional abilities. Throughout the graded programmes Elaine helps build confidence through enabling social integration within the community that supports a positive healthy well being.
Elaine gained specialist Paediatric experience when working in this sector from 1999. She managed a varied and complex case load with a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, ASD, developmental coordination disorder, rare genetic conditions and orthopaedic conditions to name a few. She has specialist skills in assessment of upper limb function/fine motor skills and has used a combination of standardised assessment tools and comprehensive and skilled observations within the home and school environment, using play as a means of establishing strengths and difficulties. I supported transitions into school and was involved with the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) process, completing evidence based reports to support individual need. I also gained skills in assessing for specialist and bespoke equipment to meet the needs of more complex children who have postural difficulties and where special seating and nighttime positioning is required. I was able to advised on minor adaptations and also larger adaptation work required to enable a child to access home and classroom environments to their maximum potential.
Her experience working with adults includes Acquired Brain Injury including community and functional lifestyle activities, Stroke Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, which included both Acute and Community, based experience.
Elaine feels that effective communication and inter-personal skills are a key component within all roles and she is keen to continue to develop this professionally.