Niamh Mallon, Consultant/Independent Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

 'The Children's OT' is a private, children's Occupational Therapy practice, established in 2011 by Niamh Mallon, an OT with almost 20 years' experience. Niamh has managed children's Occupational Therapy services and worked as a Clinical Specialist and Highly Specialist/Senior Paediatric OT in a variety of paediatric settings across the NHS and HSE, including inpatient wards, schools, housing adaptation & rehousing teams, ASD diagnostic services, early intervention services, sensory integration clinics and community teams.

Niamh is registered with CORU (Ireland's Health and Social Care Professionals Regulator). Niamh 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 Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, handwriting difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), 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).       

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:

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.