• M.Sc. (Ulster) Occupational Therapy - 2014

  • B.Sc.(Hons) (Glasgow) Health Studies - 1992

  • Dip.C.O.T. (Cardiff) Occupational Therapy - 1987


  • Singapore AHPC: A1500002G

  • UK HCPC: OT15724

  • Sensory Integration Network Fellowship (2013)

  • Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist (2005)

  • OTR (Minnesota) 1996

  • Extensive postgraduate training including cognitive approaches, feeding, manual handling, child protection, hand assessment and occupation centred practice

Sue Allen

Occupational Therapy can change the life of children and families. My career in paediatrics started as a Junior Occupational Therapist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, then Corseford School for Capability Scotland giving me a strong grounding. I developed specialist clinical skills at RHSC in Edinburgh. A family move took us to the USA where I worked as part of the dynamic Mayo Clinic therapy team. I have spent the last 12 years as Clinical lead at Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre, UK, providing services for children and young adults with a wide range of developmental challenges such as difficulties in sensory processing and integration, autistic spectrum conditions, developmental coordination disorders (also known as dyspraxia)


I have led clinical research that has explored therapy outcomes, developmental coordination disorders, parental stress and sensory processing in children with autistic spectrum conditions and developmental challenges. This work has been presented and published internationally.


 I have an interest in parent and teacher training and have lectured extensively at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am a lecturer for University of Ulster. From 2007-2013 I was Chairman of the Sensory Integration Network (UK and Ireland) and in 2013 I was awarded the Sensory Integration Network (UK and Ireland) Fellowship recognising contribution in the field. The Sensory Integration Network is a not for profit organisation that promotes education and research with 2,000 members. In 2014 completed an MSc in Advanced Practice in Occupational Therapy. This puts me in a strong position to provide up to date evidenced-based child centered services.


Therapy should be inviting for children and Kaleidoscope offers a well resourced environment that is friendly and fun.