Teresa Foley 

Principal Occupational Therapist

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008. I have worked with babies and children for all of my career.

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

In this time, I have worked in Autism services, Neurodisability and Early Intervention. While living in Australia, I worked as a Clinical Specialist in Paediatric Brain Injury at the Sydney Childrens Hospital. 

My work is always neuro-affirmative and focused on the strengths of the child. I believe the parent is the expert of the child and relationships are the foundation of all work in therapy. 

I am a mum to 3 little ones, 2 boys and a girl. 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.

My own experiences as a mum led me to pursue specialist training in two areas my own children struggled with-feeding and sleep! 

I worked as a National Specialist feeding therapist for years. I worked with a team to establish therapy services for children with Avoidant & Restricive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). I am also a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). 

I am a Licensed Sleep Practitioner and help families of Neurodiverse children to achieve the best sleep possible for their child. 

I am also trained in Sensory Integration, Autism diagnosis (ADOS training), Attention Autism and Autism intervention (Floortime/DIR model). 

I am a guest lecturer in Occupational Therapy for children at Trinity College Dublin and University 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.  

Elaine Gleeson
Operations Manager

Elaine has over 20 years experience of working as a Senior Legal PA at one of Dublin's top legal firms. She is a mum of two and recently trained as a Special Needs Assistant. Elaine is an organisational powerhouse and we are delighted to have her bring these skills to Shooting Stars! She manages the day to day running of all processes at Shooting Stars and also responds to all queries and schedules appointments. 

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