“…Thanks for everything you’ve done for [our daughter] – she always enjoys your visits and will miss you popping in!  Particular thanks for teaching her how to drink from a straw and do buttons up – that’s been a godsend!! ”  (Parent, January 2016)

“Thank you so much for your support- your assessment and report was at the beginning of the EHC battle but it was essential to us discovering so much about our daughter. She has been receiving therapeutic work for over a year now, (and) has a ‘working’ diagnosis of ASD and is in a much happier place. thanks again for your support” (Parent, June 2017)

“Since Thrive have been involved in working with our daughter, she was grown in confidence and looks forward to working with her therapist on their weekly sessions. We receive prompt and useful information on their sessions and helpful suggestions on how we can work on tasks in the home environment. The work thrive undertake with our daughter is definitely helping her to achieve her goals at school” (Parent, July 2017)

 Children’s Centres

“OT has been very helpful in not only providing assistance but also showing us ways we can help ourselves…” (Parent attending Movers and Groovers, at Ecton Brook Children’s Centre, June 2014)

“I love the fact it’s the same OT that I see when I go to Movers and Groovers as she has got to know what [my daughter] is like, so she can see the progress she is making, whereas others who see her less, don’t’ know how she’s progressing” (Parent, Ecton Brook Children’s Centre, June 2014)

“Good impact, children have benefitted from this service…it makes me look at some children’s development in a different way”.  (Jemma Sylvester, Creche Worker, Ecton Brook Children’s Centre, June 2014)

“[The OT] visited us a couple times to see our child in her environment, then was able to make helpful suggestions as to what we could change, what already worked etc…[The most helpful things were] practical advice e.g. dressing, potty training…We are so thankful this service exists, otherwise, our daughter may not have ‘been seen!” (L. Peters, Parent, March 2014)



Before we chartered Jennifer Barrow through Thrive, we had limited awareness of sensory integration and its central importance in managing social and behavioural presentations effectively. She was initially commissioned to focus on individual needs , diagnosing, designing and implementing programmes to enable children to manage their own well-being, an essential tenet of the schools approach. within a remarkably short tenet of time her practice and doctrine became a keystone, not just of behaviour and well-being, but of our entire pedagogy. Through Jennifer’s training delivery and consultation with staff across the school sensory integration has become embedded in our practice and we are as likely to discuss a child’s sensory profile as to discuss their achievement data. In our environment Jennifer brings the expertise of an occupational therapist, but functions in so many ways as a family support worker, a coach and mentor, a curriculum designer and as a strategic leader” (Tom O’Duibhir, Head of Kingsley Special Academy Trust, June 2017)

“The service from Thrive has made a tremendous difference to our pupils and the quality of provision to meet their complex needs. We are now able to quickly access their needs and ensure that they are well met. The costs are reasonable and certainly provide good value for money. The OTs from Thrive are friendly, professional and efficient. the reports are detailed and timely- thank you!” (Laura Clarke, Head of Rowan Gate School, July 2017)

Training and workshops

“I attended your sensory circuits training in March at the Kettering Park Hotel. I have been working to implement the circuits in our school, and have constantly been referring to your PowerPoint Slides for reference” (Rachel Stockham, Assistant Headteacher, Friars Academy, May 2017)

“Some inspirational speakers, lovely to have an OT to discuss role/ impact in schools” (Specialist Schools and Units Conference, Fairfields Teaching School Alliance, June 2017)