Karen Garner (née Holcombe)

Director & Specialist Occupational Therapist

Karen has been published in SEN magazine, is an SI network module 4 mentor for advanced treatment and runs regular training courses for schools, educational psychology services, local portage teams, parents and teachers. She has also lectured with the SI network and The National Autism Society Conferences.

Clients include over 1,000 children seen in mainstream and specialist schools, and at The Sensory Smart Child’s treatment centres based in Surrey and Buckinghamshire. The Sensory Smart Child is recommended by and receives referrals from 15 UK Educational Authorities along with international referrals from the Star Centre USA.

Karen holds a BSc (hons) in Occupational Therapy and the following post-graduate training.

With 12 years of experience within Paediatric SI, Karen brings passion backed by hands on experience to her practice and has forged strong links with the Star Centre in the USA; paediatricians, dieticians, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and clinical psychologists. She is currently implementing the UK’s first multidisciplinary SOS feeding clinic, with the full backing of Doctor K. Toomey, clinical director of SOS feeding solutions (Star Centre, Denver, USA)

  • SI Network UK & Ireland and Cardiff University
    • Sensory Integration levels 1-4
  • Adoption plus centre
    • Theraplay
    • Sensory attachment intervention
  • Star Centre (Denver, Collorado, USA) with Doctor Lucy Miller
    • Level 1 clinical mentorship – Clinical reasoning in intervention
    • Level 2 clinical mentorship – Hands on advanced treatment
    • SOS approach to feeding – with Doctor K. Toomey
  • Therapy West (California) – with Erna Imperatore Blanche
    • Blending SI with other intervention approaches in paediatric practice
  • Wilbarger Deep Pressure Brushing Protocol
  • Integrated Listening Systems – Advanced Practitioner

Nicola Butcher

Practice Manager

Larissa Kerel

Finance Manager

Nicole Murray

Speech and Language Therapist

Kelly Yee

Occupational Therapist

Marian Lynch

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Searle

Occupational Therapist

Irene Hidalgo del Rio

Occupational Therapist

Nicky Colman

Occupational Therapist

Nektarios Gounaridis

Occupational Therapist

Rosie Naylor

Occupational Therapist

Paula Hallam

Dietitian

Tanya van Dalen

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Hockey

Occupational Therapist

Chantelle Lambert

Occupational Therapist

Drashti Brahmbhatt

Occupational Therapist

Shaama Zakaria

Occupational Therapist

Susie Cox

Physiotherapist

Stephen Cane

Speech and Language Therapist

Graeme Johnston

Speech and Language Therapist

Mary Rumbold

Speech and Language Therapist

Laura Turner

Speech and Language Therapist

Claudia Salerno

Occupational Therapist

Sasha Starr

Occupational Therapist

Anna Chalker

Multi-disciplinary therapy assistant 

Karina Chwalibog

Multi-disciplinary therapy assistant 

Gemma Tully

Office Manager

Joanna McCoulough

Specialist Attachment Psychologist

Liz Archer

Psychotherapist