Kate Powell

Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, DIP COT, SIPT Certified, HWTears Provider, Wilbarger Certified, iLS Provider, DIR floortime Provider, Occupational Therapist, School Services Coordinator

Kate completed her Diploma of the college of Occupational Therapists in 1990 at the college of Ripon and York St John, York, England. She has experience in the mental health setting. However, working with children was always a passion so after having her own, she decided it was the right time to move into the paediatric setting. She has lived in various countries and independently set up a paediatric Occupational Therapy service in Oman, Middle East. There, she enjoyed working in the various settings that children can be seen in, whether at school, home, or at the clinic.

Kate has worked with children of all ages who have neurological, sensory, fine motor, developmental, learning, behavioural and/or communication issues. She has experience of running groups and seeing children individually. She sees the role of an Occupational Therapist working with children as as one of guiding the child using the mode of play to engage and motivate them to develop and learn skills they might have previously found difficult. Learning through fun is the best possible way. Kate wants to help educate teachers, assistants and parents on goal setting ideas for their child and sees it as a two way process. She values the interaction and experience of the child within the family and school setting.

Kate has experience in the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum and has advanced training in sensory integration and the Alert programme.

She moved to Hong Kong in 2011 with her husband, Gary and 2 children, Joshua and Leon.

HWTears Certified

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"When we first came to see Zara, our son M was not verbal. He was not regulated because he was unable to communicate his needs and wants to us. The first few sessions that we had with Zara was more of getting the trust of our son to play with her and be more comfortable with her. Each session with her was not just about helping our son to communciation to us at home. We were able to practice and extend that therapy sessions from Zara's office to our home because of the ideas and knowledge she has shared with us. After a few months of sessions with Zara, our son M can now verbally communicate his needs and wants to us and has expanded his vocabulary. Because of the trust and patience that Zara has shown to our son, our son is always looking forward to his sessions with her. We are happy with the progress of our son from being non verbal to a child who can now talk to us, read aloud and sing his nursery fhymes. Thank you Zara!"

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