Karen Garner

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

Nicola Butcher

Office Manager

Sheona Harris

Therapy Funding Coordinator

Nicola Murray


Kelly Yee

Occupational Therapist

Marian Lynch

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Searle

Occupational Therapist

Irene Hidalgo del Rio

Occupational Therapist

Kim Elston

Occupational Therapist

Tanya van Dalen

Occupational Therapist

Nicky Colman

Occupational Therapist

Jake Teader-Reed

Occupational Therapist

Tayla Watson

Occupational Therapist

Charlotte Done

Occupational Therapist

Nektarios Gounaridis

Occupational Therapist

Nicole Searle

Occupational Therapist Ast./Trainee OT

Rosie Naylor

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Hockey

Occupational Therapist

Emma Holloway

Occupational Therapist

Rebecca Fortescue

Occupational Therapist

Paula Hallam


Susie Cox


Sarah Pendelton

Speech and Language Therapist