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Cork Team

Cork Clinic

Helen Considine, BSc. (Hons.) Occupational Therapy., B.A. (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Helen has worked with the Sunflower Clinic since November 2008. She has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and B.A (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and is currently completing her training in Baby Massage and Sensory Integration. Helen is currently working with children with Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) and Sensory Processing difficulties and is also working with new born and young babies in the new baby groups being run by the clinic. Helen has extensive O.T. experience through her training in the NHS and the Department of Education in the UK. In the past Helen helped to generate the awareness of role of the Occupational Therapist within the specialised area of Paediatric Palliative Care in a UK Children’s hospice and also gained experience in a highly specialised in-patient Paediatric Psychiatric unit also in the UK.
Helen spent several years developing and delivering our service in the Kerry region and has been instrumental in raising awareness of the benefits of Occupational Therapy from an early age. She has worked closely with many organisations in the region, including Down Syndrome Kerry, and has maintained many links with the region.
Together with Julie, Helen leads the Cork clinical team and works Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Helen has completed the Sensory Integration training courses – I, II and III and is working to complete her Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner qualification.

Jessica Dee
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Jessica graduated from UCC in 2014 with First Class Honours with a BSc. O.T.  Jessica has worked for a number of helathcare organisations including Enable Ireland, where she gained experience of assessing and managing a case load of children and adolescents ranging from 3 to 18 years of age.  Jessica has also worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, advised schools on appropriate therapeutic interventions for specific children with developmental needs and also run a number of handwriting workshops for young children.  Jessica completed a 3 day workshop on “Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder” in 2014 and has also completed Sensory Integration: Module 1, and has also completed a suicide prevention course: “Breaking the Silence” safe talk workshop.  Jessica is also qualified in Irish Sign Language.

Alisha Cremins
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Alisha graduated from UCC with a BSc. O.T. in 2016 and joined the Sunflower Clinic Cork shortly afterwards. Alisha has spent time working with children as part of her various placements and also volunteered to assist three Early Intervention Occupational Therapists with school readiness groups for children who were going to start school in September 2014. Alisha has a passion for working with children and together with Rachel, runs a number of popular groups int he Cork clinic for handwriting and social skills.

Rachel Sheehan
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Rachel graduated UCC with a BSc. O.T. in 2016 and joined the Sunflower Clinic in Cork soon afterwards. During her student placements, Rachel gained excellent experience working with children including working as part of the team in community paediatrics at St. John’s Hospital, Enniscorthy. During this placement, she worked with children with a wide range of disabilities up to 18 years of age, provided OT intervention in schools and clinic settings and also provided advice and education to parents and teachers. Rachel also volunteered to provide literacy support to primary school students from disadvantaged schools through a paired reading programme organised by SUAS.