Helena Scott

Occupational Therapist

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapist

Helena began working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust for the Children's Physical Disability Service in January 2021 working with a wide range of children from 0-18 years with a range of physical and sensory needs. Helena's background is working in the private sector specialising in social, emotional and sensory-based interventions in SEN schools around the North East. Helena works at the Blythdale site offering an enhanced OT service 2 days a week. Her focus in school is to ensure that children are able to participate and engage in meaningful daily activities that they want, or need, to do. These include functional activities such as self care, work and play. She assesses children and provides activity plans to develop underlying motor skills and/or equipment  to further support the children to progress and regulate through 1-1, targeted group work and whole class programmes. Helena also works closely with the mental health OT and the Speech and Language therapists on site to deliver an interdisciplinary care approach. The OTs also offer regular staff training to help support staff with therapeutic approaches and interventions that can be shared and delivered within the classroom and across other staff members.

Katie Archer

Occupational Therapist

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapist
Katie Began working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust for the Children's Physical Disability Service in June 2020. She now works a split role between Northumbria NHS Trust and an additional Paediatric Occupational Therapy team, where she works with a wide range of children from 0-18 years with a range of physical and sensory needs. She also has previous experience supporting independent living for individuals with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
Katie currently works at the Ashdale site one day a week offering an enhanced OT service. In school, she supports children to engage in daily occupations under the self-care, productivity and leisure categories. Katie assesses children and provides activity programmes to develop underlying skills and/or equipment to promote independence and encourage development. This can be on a 1-1 basis, through targeted group work or supporting whole class programmes. Katie works with the Speech and Language Therapist and teaching staff for a more collaborative, multidisciplinary approach. Regular staff training is also offered by the OT team to support staff in adopting a therapeutic view and approach.

Natasha Eiamsataporn

Speech & Language Therapist

Natasha trained as a speech and language therapist at Newcastle University and has had various experiences working with children with special needs. At The Dales, Natasha supports pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties. She also works alongside class teams and therapy staff to ensure that the environment encourages every child to communicate.

Anna Ging

SaLTA

B.A. (Hons) Children and Families: Child, Young People and Family Studies.

Anna has worked in early years settings before joining the Dales school in 2019. Anna has recently moved into a speech and language support role and has completed specialist training in the picture exchange communication system (PECS).

Deborah Hill

Occupational Therapist

B.Sc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PgCert. Sensory Integration.

Deborah has joined The Dales School in 2019 as an OT with interest in Children's Mental health. She previously worked as an OT for 23 years, 19 of these years in specialist CAMHS/CYPS. Experiences and interests include: working with parents around managing sensory issues, ASD, ADHD presentations, anxiety, and managing challenging behaviour. 

Donna Godsmark

Speech and Language Teaching Assistant

Donna joined the Dales in September 2020 as a Speech and Language Assistant.
She has previously worked at Central Primary for 21 years,  17 of  those years as the lead Speech and Language Assistant working with TAs and teachers using her specialist knowledge and training to ensure that the speech, language and communication needs of the children were met and maintained effectively. She has an NNEB qualification.

Jackie Herron

Occupational Therapist

B.A. (Hons) Childhood Studies, M.Sc. Occupational Therapy

Jackie began working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust for the Children's Physical Disability Service in November 2015. She now works two days a week in the community with a wide range of children from 0-18 years with a range of physical and sensory needs. She started working in The Dales School as part of an enhanced OT service in September 2018, initially for 2 days, but more recently, 3 days a week. Her focus in school is to ensure that children are able to participate and engage in 'occupations' that they want, or need, to do every day. These occupations are functional activities such as self care, (dressing, washing, using cutlery) productivity (writing, marking making, scissor skills) and leisure (play skills, e.g throwing and catching). She assesses children and provides activity plans to develop underlying skills and/or equipment  to further support the children to progress. She works closely with other therapeutic staff in providing interventions, such as 1-1, targeted group work and whole class programmes. Jackie also delivers regular staff training and supports staff to apply therapeutic knowledge in class situations.

Jill McCartney

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jill trained as a HLTA at Newcastle University. She has worked at the Dales School for 13 years. She started as a 1:1 support worker at East Hartford and also became a Family Learning Worker alongside the role of TA. She developed understanding and an enthusiasm towards meeting the sensory needs of the children and a therapeutic approach to learning. She is now working across The Dales as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Ranelle Denholm

Speech and Language Therapist

Ranelle works in school to meet the needs of pupils with speech and language difficulties. She works closely with other therapy staff and class teams to support The Dales School to be a communication friendly school for all children.

Sarah Donnelly

SaLTA

Sarah completed a Level 4 Foundation Degree in Children and Young People and has worked in a number of school settings; however, her passion is working with children with additional needs, especially focusing on speech and language skills. She works with Speech and Language therapists in school to ensure that children's individual speech and language needs are being met. She has also set up focus groups to meet pupils shared targets and develop social communication throughout the school. She has completed a number of training courses which include;  PECS, SCERTS, Tacpac, Attention Autism, Portage Workshop, Autism Awareness and Moving and Handling. Sarah is also a trained in First Aid and is able to administer medication.