Qualifications:

  • BSc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Melanie Ribet

I trained as an occupational therapist at Queen Margaret University Scotland receiving a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree.  I come from a small island called Mauritius and therefore can speak both French and English fluently. I have always had a strong interest in working with children and am passionate about the way in which our ability to make sense of our bodies and our surroundings impacts on what we do in in our daily lives in areas such as play, learning, daily living skills and relationships so occupational therapy is a wonderful profession for me.

 

I have experience working in a paediatric centre and in a vocational rehabilitation setting in Scotland. I have also had the privilege of working as a volunteer occupational therapist in an orphanage in Madagascar. Being quite new to my profession in comparison with my current colleagues, I have a lot to learn but I am an enthusiastic learner and very passionate about what I do. Kaleidoscope also provides me with a team of therapists who have years of experience to guide and mentor me.

 

I believe in a holistic approach in which each child is viewed as being an individual with their own unique profile of skills and challenges. I see my role as being able to help children thrive and reach their maximum potential in their daily activities such as self care, eating play and learning, which is really what occupational therapy is all about.

 

Working alongside other professionals such as speech language therapists, educational psychologists and teachers, I strongly believe that team work is essential in order to provide the best care possible to the children we work with. I also believe that parents are an essential part of the team and need to be active contributors rather than observers in decision making and goal setting.