Liz has a particular passion in working with children and young people who have experienced trauma, loss and adversity. She embraces a trauma-informed approach to Occupational Therapy and has whole-heartedly engaged in the training and practice of Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), a trauma and attachment informed model pioneered by Éadaoin Bhreathnach. At Beacon House Liz specialises in applying the SAI way of working with children who are adopted or cared for by a Special Guardian.
Liz’s approach to therapy is creative and flexible and she works hard to create therapy spaces that are calming; realizing that only when the body and brain perceive a state of safety can changes and progress occur. Liz works to provide sessions that are fun but also provide the ‘just right challenge’ which can sometimes be a hard line to judge, but she works with the families, children and young people to find the right line. As an OT, the aim of intervention is always to enable the children and young people to be as functional as possible in all their occupational areas (e.g. education, self-care, relationships and leisure).
Liz’s training includes sensory integration 1 and 2 at Cardiff University and she has achieved her level 1 accreditation in Sensory Attachment Intervention. Liz has provided supervision and training for OT and education colleagues to support them in understanding behaviour.