Teresa Foley
Principal Occupational Therapist

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist over 13 years ago. I knew from an early stage in my training I wanted to work with children and have never looked back since! 

I have been fortunate to develop a high level of specialism as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, working in both Ireland and Australia.  

My love of working with infants and toddlers led me to complete postgraduate training and develop specialist skills in working with this age group. I have also trained in infant mental health and I love to empower parents to connect with their beautiful babies.  

I am also trained in Sensory Integration, Autism diagnosis (ADOS training) and Autism intervention (Floortime/DIR model). My clinical experience to date has allowed me to develop specialisms in physical disability, feeding difficulties, sleep issues and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder.  

I am a mum to two little boys. I know first-hand what a life-changing experience parenthood is; but how challenging and anxiety-provoking it can be at times. We want these magical little people to experience all that life can offer. When circumstances, illness or diagnoses threaten this, it can be a lonely and scary place to be. I am passionate about helping children and their families reach their full potential, in a child-centred and inclusive way.  

On becoming a mum, I wanted to expand on my skills as an Occupational Therapist to be able to help families of babies and young children navigate those busy but wonderful years. In the past year, I have qualified as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Licensed Sleep Practitioner.  

I have worked a guest lecturer in Occupational Therapy for children at Trinity College Dublin. I have published articles on baby development for www.everymum.ie and work as an expert judge for the National Parenting Product Awards.  

Clinical Background

In the early years of her career, Teresa worked at the HSE, firstly in early intervention services (0-5 years) and then as a Senior Occupational Therapist in Autism services. A move to Australia allowed Teresa to gain specialist experience firstly in Autism services and subsequently as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in inpatient Neurology and Paediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. On returning to Ireland, Teresa worked for four years at the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, where she strengthened her skills in research and continued learning. For the past six years, Teresa has worked at the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf, where she sees infants and children with physical disabilities, neuromuscular disorders and developmental delays.