About Us

Sensational Kids Therapy is a Paediatric Occupational Therapy practice owned and managed by Aniesa Blore. The practice offers therapy and assessment for children aged 0-16 years, and young people aged 16-19.

We offer specialised services to a range of neurological disorders such as: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay, Learning Difficulties, Acquired Brain Injury and others.

Meet Our Therapists

Our therapists are all qualified to at least Level 1 in Sensory Integration, and between us we can provide various therapies including The Therapeutic Listening programme, The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, The SOS Feeding approach, to name but a few.

Aniesa Blore

Aniesa completed her degree in Occupational Therapy in 1999 at the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa. She has since been focusing on paediatrics and sensory processing and integration. She has worked across a range of paediatric fields and has extensive experience in children’s issues from autism to learning difficulties. Her speciality areas of practice include Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays and Dyspraxia. Aniesa has extensive experience in using standardised and non-standardised assessment for establishing a baseline on which intervention can be delivered and continually evaluated.

Amy McGowan

Following a BA in Psychology and Sociology Amy’s pull towards a career helping others led her to pursue an MSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of East Anglia. Prior to a career in paediatrics Amy has gained experience working as an Occupational Therapist in acute hospitals, mental health, rehabilitation and learning disabilities. She has a completed Module 1 of Ayres’ Sensory Integration and looks forward to furthering her studies and knowledge within this area in the future. Amy has also completed training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and has a special interest in self-esteem and anxiety based behavioural issues. A keen swimmer Amy also completed Level 1 – Aquatics Assistant for People with Disabilities during her undergraduate degree, working specifically with teenagers with cerebral palsy. In her spare time, you can find her at hot yoga, reading, writing or painting.

Chris Jacobs

Chris completed a BSc in Social Policy and Administration with Criminology which led to a career working with children with challenging behaviour and severe learning disabilities. He particularly enjoyed teaching these children new skills and independence which became a natural draw to Occupational Therapy. Chris studied at York St John obtaining his BHSc in OT then returned to Surbiton to work for Sensational Kids. Chris has been working for the company for 3 years and is fully qualified as a Sensory Integration Practitioner and has a particular interest in handwriting. Chris has experience working with mainstream pupils and children with severe needs and using standardised and unstandardised assessment tools to establish therapy needs.

Gemma Blackburn

After completing a BSc in Occupational Therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2018, Gemma was keen to kick start her career in the world of paediatrics. Prior to a career in paediatrics, Gemma has a range of practice placement experience both in the UK and overseas, and has also gained three years’ experience as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and acquired brain injury. Gemma felt that occupational therapy was a natural career path and is dedicated to help improve the lives of children and young people. Gemma is a practicing member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and Sensory Integration Network (SI). Gemma is also trained in Module 1 of Ayres’ Sensory Integration and is working towards expanding her knowledge within this area in the future. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys keeping fit, socialising, reading, drinking tea and travelling.

Corné Rossouw

Corné qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1996 and over the past 22 years has worked in a huge range of clinical settings with individuals and groups of all ages with a great variety of diagnoses and impairments. She has extensive experience of completing holistic assessments as part of a client centered approach to intervention as well as working closely with other professionals whether hospital or community based. Corné enjoys working with teenagers as well as early primary school aged children. Corné is the mum of two lively young children, aged 7 and 5. In her spare time she enjoys crafts, dancing, teaching the piano, and volunteering at her children’s school.

Erin Waller

After around 5 years of working as a Learning Support Assistant within schools with children with a variety of SEN needs, Erin undertook a degree in Special Educational Needs at Kingston University. On completion of her degree Erin decided to move into the health side of paediatrics and SEN by becoming a physiotherapy assistant within the NHS. Within this role Erin was based in a SEN school where she delivered therapy alongside a multi therapy team, including OT. After 4 years Erin joined Sensational Kids in October 2019.

Erin Has completed many training sessions including Makaton and Zones of Regulation. In Erin’s spare time she enjoys shopping and socialising.

Buster

Buster is our very happy and lively little clinic dog. He can usually be found curled up asleep on one of our laps. Buster loves his walks, and playing with other dogs. He really enjoys seeing the children at the practice. Sometimes, when children are anxious or worried, Buster will join them for their OT sessions – he enjoys going on the swings with them!

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Our Practice

Sensational Kids started out in a much smaller space in Kingston, in 2010. As demand grew, a bigger premises was found in the beautiful riverside town of Surbiton. Set over 3 floors, the spaces were specifically desined, to ensure that each floor had suspended equipment. The ground floor room has direct access to a disabled bathroom, and allows wheelchair users the access to the swings, and the extra deep ball pool This room is the calm space, where we use the sensory projector and hundreds of stars glow when the lights are turned off.

A tree of hands has been made by all the children who have become a part of our Sensational family over the years. It has recently been updated.

The first floor is used for groups, such as Ready Steady School, as well as our other summer groups. It is light and bright and has a fantastic climbing wall. It also boasts 6 suspension points.

On the top floor there is an office area for our therapists, as well as older pupils who may be working on organisation and admin skills. The treatment room is very neutral and suited to older children.

“My son has seen Aniesa for several sessions now. She is very approachable and friendly with him and he really enjoys the sessions and most importantly finds them fun. As the mother of a child with dyslexia/dyspraxia, I appreciate Aniesa’s honesty, input and feedback with regard to his treatment and have seen improvements in his abilities in many areas.”

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