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Rosaline Van de Weyer BSc. (Hons), MSc.

Director of Dyspraxia UK

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in 1998, from University St John in York. I have enjoyed working at established teaching hospitals such as Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in London. In 2004 I gained an MSc in Rehabilitation Science from Southampton University. This gave me an interest in research and, most importantly, how it can be used to improve clinical services to clients. Along side the MSc. I undertook a two-year research post at NHNN to co-ordinate a project looking at goal setting in neurological rehabilitation. Consequently I have presented papers at National and International conferences.

 

After the research post I took on a clinical roles in acute neurological rehabilitation and out-patient rehabilitation, which covered return to work programmes.

 

Following the arrival of my family I moved away from London and worked for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust for four years as therapy team manager and specialist clinician. I provided detailed assessments and personalised rehabilitation programmes for people in their own homes. During this time I trained in using motivational interviewing techniques to help my staff and clients achieve their goals.

 

I am an active member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy and two special interest groups: Independent Practice and Neurological Practice. Due to my increasing work with students, which I thoroughly enjoy, I benefit from Affiliate Professional member of PATOSS. I am registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and have full liability insurance. 

 

During the last few years I have been expanding my neurological expertise in to the field of neurodiversity. I really enjoy working with people living with Dyspraxia and other neurodiverse conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorders) to help them live fulfilled autonomous lives.

 

In order to develop my skills in legal report writing and presentation, in March 2015 I gained certification as an Expert Witness from Cardiff University Law School, following comprehensive training with Bond Solon in London. Training undertaken in 2017 is proving to be very motivating and worthwhile.  In February 2017, I completed intensive training in the use of an innovative ‘serious play’ technique using LEGO to help individuals and teams answer challenging questions. In March 2017, I attended the National Handwriting Association (NHA) advanced training on handwriting assessment and techniques. Subsequently I am on the national NHA register of qualified handwriting tutors. Most recently, in March 2018, I completed an Auditory Processing masterclass at University College London, which is an common overlapping condition in the neurodiverse population.

 

I strive to use the best evidence-based practice in my clinical work and in the development of my Occupational Therapy service: Dyspraxia UK. 

Rosaline Van de Weyer