For this month’s Meet the Member feature, we spoke to Donna Boygle, a paediatric occupational therapist from Southend.
Donna juggles between working in a special school, practising in a private clinic and managing a busy home life with 2 children aged 6 and 14 months. She also makes time to practise mindfulness, yoga and meditation.
For this Mother’s Day special, we look at how a career in sensory integration works with being a mum.
Donna has been a qualified occupational therapist for 12 years and a member of the SI Network since she started practising sensory integration, 7 years ago. As Donna says, “My children are a big part of my work. They come along to my private clinic and love to play on the equipment. My children also occasionally come along to the Special Needs school where I work as a Consultant Sensory Practitioner, to experience meeting and interacting with special needs children.
For Donna, our Network has provided her with support as an independent occupational therapist operating outside the NHS. “My biggest lifeline is the group I have set up with 4 other mums that I met on one of the SI courses. We all live in different parts of the UK, but have common issues and we all catch up and give each other advice in the evenings, once the kids are in bed.”
She also uses our social media and is a regular on the Facebook page and Module 4 learning group to ensure she stays up to date with the latest thinking. In Donna’s own words, “When you are an independent OT working for yourself, you have to make the most of the connections you have.”
We wish Donna every luck in her practise and her future using sensory integration techniques to help her clients and their families.