Jesse is an intuitive and dedicated Occupational Therapist, with a passion for working with children and seeing them reach their potential. Jesse loves to see children achieving and developing and believes play is an essential part of development and therapy. Jesse likes to learn from her clients too and values the magic and individuality they bring to sessions. She values the relationships with parents and teachers and working with all members involved with the child, to help them feel supported and enabled to bring out the best of the child.
Jesse qualified with a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy degree from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Jesse was inspired by shadowing in a Sensory Integration practice and went on to become a Sensory Integration practitioner after completing the qualification through the South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI).
Jesse has been working with children for a number of years and has special interests in sensory integration, early intervention and babies. Jesse worked with children for 4 summers on Sensory Integration sleep away camps and was able to learn from both the children and the therapists on the camp and see the benefits of sensory integration, play and adventure for the children. Prior to becoming a therapist, Jesse spent almost two years teaching English to young children in South Korea. She has also worked as part of the team in an adult rehab hospital where she treated stroke, motor vehicle accidents and various other diagnoses.
Jesse has worked in rural and urban areas in South Africa, and has a vast amount of experience in private practice, special needs schools and the NHS, including treatment, training and feedback with teachers and parents, and group therapy. She has experience working with a range of conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing problems, gross and fine motor, visual perception, cerebral visual impairment (CVI), cerebral palsy, developmental delays, babies, children with Down Syndrome as well as complicated and rare medical diagnoses.
Jesse had her team’s undergraduate research project published in the Occupational Therapy International (OTI) journal. The research focused on how children from a low socio economic background in South Africa play and interact with toys and their environment.
Jesse has completed courses in the SOS approach to feeding and fussy eaters, infant sensory integration and development, Therapeutic Listening, Makaton, Autism, wheel chair service delivery, Cerebral Palsy, tendon and nerve injuries. She has completed self-study and reading on various areas, including but not limited to, PDA.
Jesse is well trained in various standardised and unstandardised assessments, goal setting and personalised intervention. She likes to treat her clients in a holistic manner and ensure carry over to help her clients progress. She is good at involving the family and other team members and willing to adjust her approach if the family or child requires this. Jesse is well versed in report writing and documentation.
In her spare time, Jesse likes reading, hiking and getting outdoors, salsa dancing, being creative and baking and spending time with friends.