Berni Ford - Occupational Therapist

Berni Ford - Occupational Therapist

Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PG Cert Sensory Integration

Berni is a qualified Occupational Therapist who specialises in working with children and young people. She is also a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner and often uses a sensory integration frame of reference in her practice

Berni has extensive experience working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders, including:

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Berni has worked across the NHS, local authority and independent sectors. She always strives to incorporate physical health, mental health, social and education needs in her work.

A child-centred approach

Berni always uses a child-centred approach, as every child is unique. She is passionate about occupational therapy, the difference it can make to an individual’s life and their ability to carry out everyday activities.

Play is the main activity children occupy their time with, so it makes sense for occupational therapists to engage them with their education and other activities of daily living using a fun and educative approach.

Collaborative working

Berni has spent most of her clinical work within a multi-disciplinary team, complied of speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, parents and carers and of course the children and young people themselves. She believes that collaborative working enables all those involved to understand the importance of everyone’s roles and the reasons for the interventions. This has enabled her to deliver an excellent service.

Berni is a mother to two boys and a girl, with personal experience of managing a busy working life, home life and the added challenge of being mum to a child with complex learning difficulties. These have all moulded her into the occupational therapist she is today.

What Berni can help with

  • Sensory integration challenges

  • Handwriting

  • Executive functioning challenges – attention, working memory, organisation, planning, task initiation and termination, using past experience to inform current problem solving

  • Visual perceptual difficulties

  • Posture and balance

  • Bilateral integration difficulties – using scissors, doing up laces and buttons, using a knife and fork etc.

  • Genetic disorders – Down Syndrome, Angelmans, Williams Syndrome, Coffin-Lowry Syndrome, Retts and others

  • Acquired Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder – with and without hyperactivity/ Hyperkinetic Disorder

  • Challenges occurring with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia

  • Global Developmental Delay

Berni is available for clinic appointments as well as visits to homes, schools and nurseries.

Professional registration

Berni is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Occupational Therapist.
She is a member of:

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

  • the Children and Young People’s specialist section of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

  • Sensory Integration Network

  • The National Autistic Society


To make an appointment with Berni or speak to her about your concerns, please call us on 0208 6737930.

Lizz Summers

Voice & Presentation Skills Coach