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Sunflower Clinic Team

The Sunflower Clinic Team

The Sunflower Clinic is a network of highly-experienced Paediatric Occuptional Therapists with over 70 years combined experience between them.  Whilst each clinic operates independently, all staff communicate regulalry, share experiences and add to the collective knowledge-base that has grown over the past 11 years.  If you decide to bring your child to any of our clinics, you will be benefiting from all of the above experience and any issue you may have will be addressed in a timely and professional manner with the full backing of all those years experience!

Julie started her first clinic in Cork in 2006 on her own with a simple plan to deliver the best possible service for children in the immediate Cork city area.  However, word of Julie’s expertise quickly spread and within 18 months, parents were bringing their children from as far away as Kilkenny, Galway and Dublin to her clinic in Cork on a regular basis. Julie quickly realised that building a like-minded team in separate locations was the only way to deliver the best possible service for children.

The clinical team is led by Julie O’Sullivan, BSc. (Hons.) Occupational Therapy, who has over 25 years paediatric experience.  Julie provides supervision and clinical oversight for all clinics and is available to answer any of your questions/concerns as they arise.

Additional qualifications:

  • Masters in Sensory Integration
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration
  • Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner
  • Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Julie is a graduate of Dublin University, Trinity College, with over 20 years experience of working with children in Ireland, UK and Canada.  Julie has extensive training in Sensory Integration which is employed as the principle frame of reference within all of the clinics nationwide. Julie is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and has recently completed her masters in Sensory Integration – Theory and Practice, one of only a handful of therapists in Ireland with this award. and is also qualified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).

Julie has also been certified as a Bobath (NDT) therapist and has extensive experience with treating children with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions.

In addition, Julie administers the ADOS diagnostic for Autism for toddlers and older children as part of a multi-disciplinary team assessment.

Julie is passionate about delivering the best possible service for children and their families and in further developing the awareness and effectiveness of early intervention when working with children with a range of developmental needs.

Relevant training

  • Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner
  • Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT)
  • Bobath (NDT) Practitioner
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Therapeutic Listening Programme – certified practitioner
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • Trained in DIR floortime
  • Trained in Sensory Modulation and Regulation intervention with adults (Tina Champagne)
  • Astronaut Training Programme

Julie is based in the Cork clinic and also visits the other clinics on a regular basis.  It is incredibly important that Occupational Therapists, similar to other health professionals, are provided with access to Senior expertise for guidance and validation in dealing with new situations and client needs.  We believe that The Sunflower Clinic is unique in this regard in Ireland within the Occupational Therapy profession and we value and support our teams around the country.

Cork Team

Kerry Team

Limerick Team

Kilkenny Team

Dublin/Kildare Team

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