Here at the Eden Dora Trust for Children with Encephalitis, not only do we have great Patrons and fabulous Trustees – we also have a growing team of amazing professional advisors!
Beth Wicks is an Education Consultant, specialising in acquired brain injury (ABI). She has worked with young people with acquired brain injury, their families and schools for approximately 30 years. She acted in an advisory and training capacity to education providers and completed expert witness reports for the court. She has retired from those aspects of her work but continues to work on specific projects. She has been involved in research regarding school difficulties following acquired brain injuries, spoken regularly at national and international conferences and has written or co-authored many publications, including the textbooks: Educating Children with Acquired Brain Injuries (second edition in press) and Effective Learning After Acquired Brain Injury: a practical guide to support adults with neurological conditions. She has co-authored material to support young people with ABI and their families for the Child Brain Injury Trust. She has been a consultant to a number of innovative projects and programmes for young people with acquired brain injury and regularly contributed teaching sessions for post graduate courses in paediatric neurodisability and neuropsychology. In addition to being a founding board member of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, she is a member of the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group; has previously run family and teenage support groups and has acted as a board member, trustee or advisor for a number of UK ABI charities.
Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Hampson has over 10 years’ experience of working with people with neurological conditions in acute, outpatient and community settings. Currently she is the sole Neuropsychologist for inpatient children’s neurosciences at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, providing highly specialist assessments and interventions to children and their families experiencing a wide range of acquired and developmental neurological conditions.
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
I am Jessica Nurney, a Paediatric Occupational Therapist currently specialising in Sensory Processing Disorder, with previous experience of working with children and families affected by Encephalitis. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy, and have training in Sensory Integration, amongst extensive knowledge of other physical and mental health conditions including acquired brain injury (ABI). I have previously worked as a Community Paediatric Occupational Therapist in Sheffield. Within this role I worked with families of children and young people across Sheffield with physical disabilities and conditions that impact upon their level of day to day independence. At the moment, I work within a private service providing assessment and intervention supporting children and young people with mental health, sensory processing difficulties and independence skills. The role of an Occupational Therapist when working with anyone who has an acquired brain injury is quite simple; to aid their independence. Occupational therapy is incredibly important during immediate and ongoing recovery for someone with an ABI. An Occupational Therapist can provide solutions and strategies for fatigue, planning and sequencing skills for independence in school/work/home environments and can help children and families work to build new skill sets, and gain crucial independence skills and the child’s executive functioning. An occupational therapist can also influence memory strategies, sensory processing difficulties and associated mental health difficulties.