Julie Orr is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has worked with children and adults over the last 20 years in Scotland, USA and Australia. She has a passion of working with children and adults who have neurological disorders, vision impairment, developmental delay and ASD. She is committed to providing therapy interventions that are person/family centred and evidenced based to ensure that each person maximises their full potential and that participants have access to all the appropriate services available within their area, through setting goals driven by the participants and their families.
She was a senior Occupational therapist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh within the Community Paediatric and Special Schools teams and spent a decade working with children with vision impairment and complex neurological health needs. In the USA she provided Occupational therapy services to an Early Intervention centre for children 0-3 years old. She has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Education to ensure that children with a range of disabilities were integrated into their mainstream school setting. In Australia she has worked with children and young adults with a range of conditions ie. Motor disorders, complex health needs and Vision Impairment. She also has a particular interest in assistive technology.
Invited to present at national conferences:
Scottish Sensory Centre – The early years: strategies and resources for very young Vision Impaired (VI) children
Scottish Rehabilitation Society – Creating the right environment for VI pupils
Scottish Posture and Mobility group – using the SMART wheelchair with VI pupils who have Cerebral Palsy.
Delivered lectures on “Access to Technology” to the Visual Impairment Post Graduate course (in collaboration with Edinburgh University).
BSc Occupational Therapy
Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) – certified trainer
Moving and Handling trainer (Master class – credit)
Sensory integration 1 & 2 (15 master credits)
Various paediatric, neuroscience, Bobath, assistive technology and visual impairment courses.