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Clare O'Byrne

Clare has been working as an occupational therapist for 25 years. She has had extensive experience with both adults and children in the UK, Canada and Kuwait.

After spending 9 years working with adults, she changed her focus to pediatrics in 2006.  She was a former clinical leader for occupational therapy at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Canada, where she worked with multiple clinics within the neurosciences outpatient program. She was the Chair of the Alberta Children's Hospital Ethics Committee for 2 years. She has worked with babies and children aged 0-18 and has gained valuable experience within community settings such as preschools and client's homes. 


Clare relocated to the Middle East in 2016 with her family.  She has most recently worked in a clinic setting in Kuwait with children 0-15 with a range of diagnoses such as Cerebral palsy, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Brachial Plexus Injury, Burns, Global Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and Autism. Over the years, Clare has supported thousands of students to participate in meaningful activities to their full potential, enhancing fine and gross motor skills and coordination, executive function, sensory processing, and emotional regulation.Clare is passionate about supporting parents to understand their children's unique strengths and challenges, as well as understanding the benefits of play and an active lifestyle in enhancing child development.  She has conducted parent and teacher workshops both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. 


Clare is also passionate about helping students thrive in schools, through individual and group therapy, parent education and support for teachers. She strives to work within a neurodiversity-affirming paradigm and has started to provide education to other health professionals on this topic.  Clare has completed a wide variety of continuing education activities over the years to enhance her knowledge and skills. The most recent training she has completed is Sensory Integration (Level 1 and 2). 


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