Niamh Mallon, Clinical Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

‘The Children's OT' is a private, children's Occupational Therapy practice, established in 2011 by Niamh Mallon, an OT with 20 years' experience. Niamh has managed children's Occupational Therapy services and worked as a Clinical Specialist and Highly Specialist/Senior OT in a variety of paediatric settings across the NHS and HSE, including children’s inpatient wards and outpatient departments, schools, housing adaptation & rehousing teams, DCD/Dyspraxia, ASD and learning difficulty diagnostic services, Early Intervention services, sensory integration clinics and community teams. She has also worked in Rapid Response, falls prevention and Emergency Department admission/re-admission prevention services.

Niamh is registered with CORU (Ireland's Health and Social Care Professionals Regulator) and is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland and of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (UK). She is a past Chair of the AOTI's CPD Audit Committee. Aside from being an Occupational Therapist, Niamh is a mother, enjoys outdoor activities and volunteers as a Community First Responder and a Cardiac First Responder Instructor.          

Niamh has a special interest in the areas of Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, ADHD, handwriting difficulties, Reasonable Accommodations for State Examinations, Anxiety, Executive Function/organisation difficulties, Hypermobility/Ligamentous Laxity and sensory processing difficulties.

Niamh has undertaken extensive post-graduate training in approaches including Sensory Integration, Bobath/ Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), Handwriting Without Tears, CO-OP, The Alert Programme, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Newborn Behavioural Observations, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Advanced Kinesiotaping. Details of her additional training can be found on her LinkedIn page:

Niamh is currently undertaking further post-graduate training in the areas of working with children/teenagers with Anxiety and also assessing and treating children/young people with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems.

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 Co. 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 this submission.

2. 'Sowing Seeds in Schools with "Motor Skills United"', AOTI Conference 2015 - this presentation outlined how HSE Children's Occupational Therapists in Co. Meath, Ireland 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 a multidisciplinary paediatric service.

4.  Between 2002-2005, Niamh jointly led 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.