As a student Carla worked with charities to support children and young people to access opportunities they may not otherwise have been able to. She thoroughly enjoyed taking groups on holiday in the UK and abroad and setting up a community radio show to help people get their voices heard, as well as running a weekly local disco for young people with learning disabilities to meet up and dance.
Since graduating, Carla has worked within the NHS and both specialist and mainstream schools supporting children with Autism, ADHD, DCD and Developmental Trauma. This developed Carla’s passion for working with those with hidden difficulties, who so often face a double disadvantage of having their difficulties missed or mis-diagnosed.
Carla has gone onto qualify as a Sensory Integration Practitioner and is currently completing her Sensory Attachment Training with Eadaoin Bhreathnach. She has a particular passion for working with children who have experienced early trauma and attachment disruption, and is highly committed to working within a multi-disciplinary team to create hope and change for vulnerable families. Her role in Beacon House enables her to use Sensory Integration and Sensory Attachment Intervention to repair the impact of developmental trauma on children and their families.
Carla enjoys spending time in nature and has worked with children and families providing therapy in woodlands, on beaches and also through an allotment group. The natural environment and opportunities provided by these settings allowed them to relax and feel connected with themselves and a rich sensory world allowing opportunities for play and exploration which could be recreated for free when they left.
Carla enjoys, kayaking, camping and dancing with her community dance group in Brighton.
Carla is registered with HCPC and is a member ofÂ The British Association of Occupational Therapists; The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section and The Sensory Integration Network.