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Wendy Webber BSc. (Hons)

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) from Oxford Brookes University in 1993 and have enjoyed worked in various NHS setting and Community Teams. These include neurology, working on the wards with acutely ill patients with a range of conditions and within the rehabilitation unit; general medicine, psychiatry, orthopaedics, elderly care and Palliative care providing me with a wide and varied set of clinical skills.

 

I then took a career break with the arrival of my fourth baby and moving with my family to our farm. During this time my interest in Dyspraxia and other neurodiverse conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorders) grew. This was started by the struggle I was having as a parent of a Dyspraxic child; there seemed to be very little offered by my GP and a complete lack of knowledge and support from my son’s school.

 

Since 2010, I have completed advanced training in this area and have been a consultant with Dyspraxia UK since 2011. I specialise in providing high quality assessment and up to date strategies to support people of all ages, in managing symptoms of DCD.

 

I took an active role in a research study into the (positive) effects of wearing core pressure belts to aid movement and concentration. The research was presented as a poster at an OT conference. I enjoy delivering DCD/Dyspraxia awareness training for both the public and private sectors.

 

I feel passionately about DCD and associated conditions because I have 4 children with DCD, as well as having it myself. I am very frustrated by the lack of knowledge and available support for people with this and associate conditions.  I want to help people to achieve their potential and lead a fulfilling life.

 

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and the following BOAT special interest groups: children young people and families and independent practice. In addition, I have qualified as a specialist Handwriting tutor with the National Handwriting Association, as many of the people I see struggle in this area.

Wendy Webber