Meet the team

 

 

Only the BEST

One team

One vision

Improve outcomes for children, young people and their families

Our dynamic team of highly qualified healthcare and educational professionals have a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge. We offer assessments, treatment programmes, unique sensory diets, as well as training for schools, parents and support groups. At Jump Start we use innovative therapy techniques and specialist equipment to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential.

 All therapists and staff hold current DBS certificates and are Health and Care Professions Council registered.

Our Team
Julia Gray

Julia Gray

Office Manager

Julia Gray is the first point of contact when getting in touch with Jump Start, and we are delighted to have her as part of the team. Julia has worked for over 20 years in the City for several financial services institutions. She has worked as an Executive Assistant to the Head of IT and also worked on a major change programme for a large French Bank. She brings a wealth of experience and skills from all the roles she has undertaken.

For the last 10 years Julia has looked after her two boys full time at home. Her eldest child has additional needs, and she is extremely knowledgeable, from a parent prospective, regarding issues such as Educational Health Care Plans, and the challenges that parents face.

Julia also volunteers for a local Essex Charity SNAP (Special Needs and Parents), which helps families with children and young people who have any special need or disability.

SNAP’s aims are to inform, encourage and support parents and carers so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children.

Julia takes an active role in her eldest sons’ schools PTFA.

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

Finance Lead

Anna has been with Jump Start from its early beginnings and is the main point of contact for any finance queries.  She specialises in working with commissioners and local authority teams to provide assistance with EHCP provisions and Adoption Support Fund applications.  Anna also leads on our policies, health and safety, mandatory training and she takes the bookings for our training courses, such as Sensory Attachment Intervention. Anna also encourages and assists our own team of staff to expand their areas of expertise and develop their clinical skills. 

After graduating from Edinburgh University, with a first-class Masters degree in Geography and Social Anthropology, Anna worked for 10 years in London as a television researcher and producer, mainly in current affairs. Jump Start offers Anna the opportunity for varied work in a developing and stimulating environment. She strongly believes in putting children and their families first and recognises the benefits that our specialist therapies can bring to children and their families. 

In addition to running her busy household of 3 boys, Anna has also volunteered at Colchester Women’s Refuge, was a member of Kelvedon & Feering Preschool Committee, and she currently works with the charity Home Start as a volunteer to support families in times of need.

Lesley Cardy

Lesley Cardy

Clinic Lead, Occupational Therapist

Lesley joined Jump Start in April 2019, having spent the previous 7 years working for a NHS service for children who have a diagnosed moderate to severe learning disability. She also worked with families to assess and manage the child’s behaviour. It was in this role that she undertook training in Sensory Integration, gaining a Post Graduate Certificate from Ulster University. Working in this role taught Lesley how to assess children who are not able to complete standardised assessments. This focused upon clinical observations, discussions with caregivers and spending time engaging the child in sensory play activities.

Lesley has a previous degree in Anthropology and Cultural Studies and a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Essex, as a newly qualified Occupational Therapist she worked within a mental health team.

Following this training Lesley developed an interest in the complexities of family dynamics and trauma and how these impact on a child’s ability to function. This interest led her to complete the Sensory Attachment Level 1 course, DMM Training (Dynamic-Maturational Model) of attachment and adaption at the Tavistock and she has undertaken the ‘Just Right State’ Programme in June 2019.

Since joining the Jump Start team Lesley has undertaken Sensory Attachment Assessments, direct sensory and emotional regulation intervention with children both at the clinic and within their home environment. Lesley is passionate about educating others and supporting caregivers to gain a greater understanding of their child’s nervous system. She is interested in developing ways in which people can adapt their environment and their bodies through exercise, giving them the sensory feedback they require throughout their day.

Adriana Osborn

Adriana Osborn

Director, Occupational Therapist

Adriana is a director of Jump Start and the Responsible individual for Ofsted. Adriana has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years. She is our School’s Lead, and has overall responsibility for our support role in specialist schools.

Prior to joining Jump Start she has worked in both the Mental Health and Children’s services; within the NHS in the UK and in private practice in Singapore. She has worked in various settings including adult inpatient hospitals, the community, special schools, preschool nurseries, mainstream schools and clinics.

Adriana has completed postgraduate training in Sensory Integration (SI) with the University of Southern California; the Co-op Coaching Techniques, Developmental Play and the “Phono-Graphix” reading scheme.

Her particular interest is in how play can profoundly affect a child’s development and this guides her approach to assessment and treatment sessions.

She has 4 children and she enjoys walking her dog and completing jigsaw puzzles for relaxation.

Dr Matt Slavin

Dr Matt Slavin

Associate Clinical Psychologist

Dr Matthew Slavin; DClinPsych is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a Chartered Member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society.

Matt provides specialist assessment, therapy, consultation, training and clinical supervision to support vulnerable client groups across the life span.

With specialist training and practice in the areas of developmental psychology, trauma, attachment and systemic practice, Matt is committed to improving the lives of children, young people and families affected by separation, loss and trauma. Matt invites children, young people and families into a safe authentic compassionate therapeutic space which offers warmth, acceptance, and healing. He works collaboratively with families to explore together the emotional distress and difficulties present in a shared understanding (i.e. formulation) and makes sure that therapeutic goals are meaningful for client’s lives. Knowing that opportunities for healing and growth happen within trusted relationships, Matt makes sure to spend the time to build a strong therapeutic alliance and ensures he helps guide individuals through moments of hardship and joy within sessions. With clinical and research expertise in nature-based therapies, Matt works in and outside of the clinic ensuring that sessions meet the individual needs of the children and families he sees, and that fun, exploration and discovery are sewn into the seeds of change.

Anna Rolfe

Anna Rolfe

Administrator

Anna Rolfe is a key member of the team answering the phone, organising the clinic and helping us manage our diaries.  Anna previously worked as a PA to a board director in a large financial institution and more recently was a company secretary for a development consultancy.
Anna has two young children and whilst not at work she enjoys walking her dog, refurbishing her house and Pilates
Naomi Schreuder

Naomi Schreuder

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Naomi joined Jump Start from South Africa where she ran the occupational department of a mental health hospital for children and adolescents. Naomi has worked internationally in Australia and the UK. She has 36 years of experience.
Naomi is registered as an Occupational Therapist with the HCPC. She is trained in Sensory Integration and Sensory Attachment Intervention. Further she is an Australian accredited Transpersonal Art Therapist and Counsellor and is currently studying Psychodrama under Kate Tauvon and Clark Biam.

Her main interests include how development and life experiences influence an individual becoming who they are; how they respond because of that on an emotional and practical level in relationships and the other spheres of life. She has an holistic approach and sees the body as a main source of information towards integration. She believes that play provides a good platform for connection and interaction. She values the strength of nature in healing and the power of storytelling through imagery. She believes in embodiment towards cognitive understanding. She enjoys using sandplay and movement as tools to accomplish that.

She loves animals, wild swimming and reading.

Hayley Hardcastle

Hayley Hardcastle

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Hayley is a Occupational Therapist, with Sensory Integration training level 2/3, and Sensory Attachment Intervention level 1. Hayley has over 20 years experience in Occupational Therapy and has worked in various settings including adult resource units, children’s own homes, special schools, preschool nurseries, clinics and mainstream schools. Hayley set up and ran the OT department at Doucecroft School, Autism Anglia, for the last 8 years. She was responsible for providing support for children with autism spectrum conditions and additional complex needs.

Hayley is passionate about her key interests in Sensory Integration, Attachment therapy and autism, and is keen to develop her expertise in the area of Attachment. She has completed her DMM Training (Dynamic-Maturational Model) of attachment and adaption at the Tavistock.

Hayley has worked for in the NHS for a large part of her career, including Suffolk and West Suffolk PCT, and began by working within social services.

Another key interest of Hayley‘s is to be creative with strategies and ideas in therapy. She enjoys collating resources and has recently compiled a booklet entitled, ’Sensory Strategies for Personal Care’ (found on Autism Anglia Website).

Outside of her busy work life, Hayley has found time for numerous voluntary roles, including setting up a handwriting and coordination group in a local school.

Ciara Mitchell-Pringle

Ciara Mitchell-Pringle

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Ciara joined Jump Start Therapy Centre in February 2021 as a Occupational therapist with sensory integration level training 2 Ciara is currently completing sensory integration level 3.   Ciara has been qualified for 9 years and has experience in forensic mental health, Adult mental health and most recently Ciara worked in a child and adolescent mental health ward for children and young people with complex needs including those with autism and learning disabilities. Within Ciara’s most recent role she worked very closely with young people with ASD, learning disabilities and complex trauma histories which led her to complete further training in sensory integration to learn more about how best to support them.   Ciara also has experience of applying Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) principles within my work with young people.  Ciara has worked both for the NHS and private companies throughout her career thus far.

For Jump Start Ciara visits numerous specialist schools to give support with SI intervention. Ciara can also be found within the  clinic at JSC to conduct sensory assessments, comprehensive reports and complete SI interventions.
In Ciara’s spare time she enjoys reading, baking, going to the gym and running.
My key areas of interest include: ASD, family work, schools, trauma informed approaches, DBT
Naomi Wingrove

Naomi Wingrove

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Naomi joined Jump Start Therapy Centre in April 2021 as a Occupational Therapist. 

Naomi completed a Bsc Hons in Behavioural Sciences before working as an Occupational Therapy assistant in a mental health access team. This led Naomi to qualify with an Msc Hons in Occupational Therapy in 2014. 

Since qualifying Naomi has completed her Junior rotations at Ipswich Hospital in; Complex Care of the Elderly, Trauma & Orthopedics, Rapid Assessment and A&E where she became a Senior Occupational Therapist. After leaving Ipswich Naomi worked in inpatient wards and an Intensive Support Team for individuals with Learning Disabilities and/ or Autism. This experience enabled Naomi to complete further training in Sensory Integration where she is a Level 3 Practitioner. 

Naomi is primarily based in Suffolk and sees children and young people there. Naomi visits schools and homes to complete assessment and treatment although you may also find her in the Jump Start Clinic from time to time. 

Outside of work Naomi enjoys running, fitness classes, horse riding and training her puppy Bertie who she hopes will become a PAT dog one day!

Maisie Hampel

Maisie Hampel

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Maisie is a Senior Occupational Therapist who joined Jump Start in September 2021. Maisie is a certified Sensory Integration Practitioner (Level 3) and has completed further training in Sensory Attachment Intervention, sensorimotor interventions and Interoception since working with Jump Start. Maisie works within a Special Needs school 3 days per week and within the clinic at JSC to conduct sensory assessments and intervention. 

Maisie has previously worked in the NHS within an adolescent mental health unit in which she used a sensory modulation and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) approach when working with children with complex trauma histories, ASD,  ADHD and Learning Disabilities. Maisie has also worked within a children’s learning disabilities team for children who present with difficult to manage behaviours. Within this role Maisie would complete behaviour assessments, sensory assessments, and direct emotional wellbeing work. Maisie also has further training and experience in the delivery of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for children with learning disabilities and ASD. In previous roles, Maisie has delivered both group and 1:1 yoga sessions for children, and she is currently undertaking Yoga Teacher Training. Maisie is interested in how yoga can be used as a therapeutic medium for children with sensory processing difficulties, retained primitive reflexes, and trauma.

Maisie also has experience of running a successful tuition business for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) including Autism and Dyslexia, where she used a multi-sensory approach to learning.

Sophie Garratt

Sophie Garratt

Occupational Therapist

Sophie is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Jump Start Therapy Centre in 2022.  Sophie has worked in the Health and Social Care sector for fourteen years and graduated from the University of Essex with a Bachelor of Science Honors degree.

Sophie has worked as an Occupational Therapist for East Anglian Drive Ability where she specialised in transport and cognitive assessments. Sophie then spent the four years working for Sport for Confidence where she managed a team of Occupational Therapists and led the North Essex Prevention and Enablement service.

Sophie is specialising in Sensory Integration and has completed training in Eco-Sensory Therapy, Social Stories and Makaton. Sophie works within specialist schools, completes assessments and one-to-one therapy at the Centre.

Sophie loves cooking, visiting new places, singing and walking her dog Millie.

Vicky Broster

Vicky Broster

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Vicky is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Jump Start Therapy Centre in 2022. Vicky graduated from Chester University with a Health and Social Care undergraduate degree in 2019, and graduated from the University of Essex with a Master’s degree in 2022. Vicky has worked in the Health and Social Care sector for over 6 years, including working as occupational therapy assistant in a mental health hospital and children’s care homes.

 Vicky is the youngest sibling in her home, and has grown up with two older siblings who have additional and complex needs. Vicky is extremely knowledgeable about the family perspective and challenges that can occur. Vicky is currently specialising in Sensory Integration, and has completed training in Sensory Attachment. 

Vicky loves going to the gym, taking long walks and playing with her dog Sookie.

For Jump Start, Vicky works within specialist schools, completes school and clinic assessments.  Vicky also works at the Jump Start Centre offering 1 to 1 therapy one day a week.

Jenni Graham

Jenni Graham

Children's Champion, Specialist Occupational Therapist

Jenni is an Occupational Therapist who joined Jump Start in January 2023. Jenni has level 1 Sensory Integration (SI) and is currently completing level 2 and 3 with Jump Start. Jenni will be completing Sensory Attachment Intervention training this Summer and also hopes to  complete EcoSensory training. 

Jenni qualified from Cardiff University in 2018. Since qualifying Jenni has completed her Junior hospital rotations in Medical (respiratory), A&E, Orthopaedics, Stroke, Care of the Elderly and Burns & Plastics. Jenni then took a job in a child and adolescent mental health ward where she worked with children and young people with ASD, learning disabilities and complex trauma histories. Jenni has experience in applying Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) principles within her work and is trained in relaxation techniques. From here, Jenni worked in a CAMHS Eating Disorder Team before joining Jump Start in 2023. 

Jenni loves anything to do with animals and hopes to get her own dog soon. Jenni enjoys exercise classes, netball and outdoor adventures. During the first lockdown, Jenni taught herself to sew and crochet and now enjoys making baby clothes for her friends’ children. 

For Jump Start, Jenni visits a variety of specialist schools across Essex to provide SI intervention, advice and support. Jenni also works at the Jump Start Centre clinic one day a week. 

Liz Madgwick

Liz Madgwick

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Liz joined Jump Start as a Occupational Therapist Specialist in July 2023.

Liz holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy and has over 8 years’ experience working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, both in the UK and USA.  She has worked in special schools, preschool nurseries, children’s own homes, clinics and mainstream schools for both the NHS, United States School Board and private companies.  Liz began her career working in an acute hospital setting in Care of Elderly and Orthopaedic wards and later in the community with Adults with Learning disabilities. Liz has a wealth of experience assessing and treating children with a wide variety of diagnosis and difficulties including ASD, Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and Sensory processing disorders.

Liz returned to practice in 2022 after taking a career break to look after her own 4 children. Since returning Liz has updated her training in Sensory Integration, completing module 1, and will be completing modules 2 and 3 with Jump Start. She is also a Therapeutic Listening Practitioner and has recently completed training in the Interoception Curriculum. She is a member of the Royal college of OT’s and is HCPC and DBS registered.

Liz works in the Jump Start Clinic on Wednesdays and Saturdays completing SI interventions and assessments.

When not working Liz enjoys walking her dogs, Pilates and caring for her horses.

Caitriona Kelly

Caitriona Kelly

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cat joined Jump Start as a Occupational Therapist Specialist in September 2023.

 

Claire Pemrick, Managing Director, Occupational Therapist

Claire has over 20 years of experience working with children both in the UK and the US. She holds degrees in Occupational Therapy (BA Hons), and Communication Disorders (BA Hons). She has Masters level training in Sensory Integration and is an Advanced Practitioner, a Mentor to level 4 students, and was previously the co-editor of the SI networks e-newsletter emphaSIze. She is a member of the College of OTs, HCPC and DBS registered.

Claire gained her experience working for the NHS, and at a national Children’s Charity. She furthered her experience as a sole practitioner, and established Jump Start Therapy in 2012 to expand the practice.

Claire’s expertise lies with treating children with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Conditions, Dyspraxia, Cerebal Palsy, and Sensory Processing Disorders. She is now specialising in the area of Attachment, working with many adopted and fostered children.

She works directly with schools, local authorities and can provide expert assessment reports for use in tribunals. Claire has recently trained in Sensory Attachment Intervention and has expertise working in the area of adoption/ fostering. Several local authorities have used her expertise in this specialist area.