Niamh Mallon | The Children's OT | Leinster, Ireland
'The Children's OT' was founded in 2011 by Niamh Mallon, an OT with 17 years' experience. Niamh qualified with an Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2001. Since then she has worked with both the NHS (UK) and HSE in senior clinical roles and managing a paediatric OT service. Niamh has worked in a variety of paediatric settings including inpatient wards, mainstream and special pre-/primary/secondary schools, housing adaptation/rehousing teams, ASD diagnostic services, early intervention services, sensory integration clinics and community-based teams for school-aged children.
Niamh now works full-time in private practice. She is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland and of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (UK). Niamh is a past Chair of the AOTI's CPD Audit Committee.
Niamh has undertaken extensive, advanced/post-graduate training and continuing professional development in approaches including Sensory Integration, Bobath/ Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), 'Handwriting Without Tears', Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Newborn Behavioural Observations, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Advanced Kinesiotaping, to name but some. Details of her additional training can be found on her LinkedIn page:
Niamh has a special interest in the areas of Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), handwriting difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, early intervention (working with babies and toddlers) and the provision of school-based OT services (OT delivered directly to children at school).
Previous research and publications:
1. 'Cultivating a Sustainable Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service', AOTI Conference 2015 - this presentation outlined the 2012/13 project of reducing waiting times in the HSE Children's Occupational Therapy service in Meath, Ireland from 18.4 months to 15.4 weeks and the subsequent maintenance of reduced waiting times. Niamh was awarded the Jimmy Colville Perpetual Award for Best Abstract.
2. 'Sowing Seeds in Schools with "Motor Skills United"', AOTI Conference 2015 - this presentation outlined how HSE Children's Occupational Therapists in Meath worked with local primary schools to jointly run gross and fine motor skills groups.
3. In 2011/2012 Niamh carried out a piece of research to identify a single goal setting tool and outcome measure (Goal Attainment Scale - GAS) for use across an entire paediatric OT service.
4. Between 2002-2005, Niamh jointly ran a research project which used the Community Dependency Index (CDI) and Paediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) tools to measure clients' perceptions of change in functional independence following equipment/adaptation provision and presented findings at the 2004 COT Conference.