Our passion is to support children and young adults to thrive, flourish and be actively engaged in life.

Providing specialist occupational therapy services throughout the southwest using a team-based approach. 

Cornwall, UK.

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Who We See

kids on beach

What We Provide

What We Do

PLAY/LEARNING THROUGH FUN

SELF-DIRECTED APPROACH

PARENT AND CHILD SESSIONS

HOLISTIC APPROACH

FINE MOTOR SKILLS/ HANDWRITING

WHOLE BODY COORDINATION

AYRES SENSORY INTEGRATION

ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTATIONS

MEANINGFUL FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITIES

NATURE APPROACH

EMOTIONAL REGULATION

STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH TO AUTISM

SCHOOL AND HOME VISITS/SESSIONS

BUILDING INDEPENDENCE SKILLS

Who We Are

Rosie Gibbons
Co Director and founder of Vigere OT ltd Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist PG Dip OT, BSc (Hons) and MSc, RCOT, HCPC, Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner

I have over 16 years’ experience in the field of paediatrics, and am passionate about supporting children, young adults and their families to engage and thrive in everyday life. Having a sibling with additional needs has given me an intrinsic understanding of the experiences and challenges that families experience throughout life.

I provide assessment and treatment for children and young adults with a range of needs, including autistic spectrum condition, global developmental delay, developmental coordination disorder/dyspraxia, cerebral palsy, ADHD and Acquired Brain Injury. I have a special interest in Sensory Integration (ASI), and am qualified as an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner. I have also completed training in Sensory Attachment Intervention, and actively apply these techniques in my work.

As part of my role as director of Vigere OT Cornwall I work closely with local organisations and funding bodies including Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). I have also developed extensive experience through previous work as a Case Manager, providing specialist support to adults and children with Acquired Brain Injury and Autism.

For me, living and working in Cornwall is all about harnessing our great outdoors. Where possible, I use nature and whole-body movement as part of the therapeutic process. I am currently developing this through EcoSensory Therapy, a treatment approach to support physical and mental health by working with nature to regulate through the senses.

louise thrower co-founder
Louise Thrower
Co Director and founder of Vigere OT ltd Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons), RCOT, HCPC, Accredited Sensory Integration Practitioner

I am an experienced Children’s Occupational Therapist with a kind, holistic, family centred approach. I am motivated to find creative ways to support children and young adults to learn, thrive, develop and engage within their physical and social environment.

I have a specialist interest and passion for supporting children and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities and in November 2022 spoke on this subject in the conference section at the OT Show.

Since qualifying over a decade ago, I have developed specialist knowledge and expertise in a range of paediatric areas including child development, trauma, acquired brain injury, neurodevelopmental conditions, developmental coordination disorder/dyspraxia, learning disabilities and mental health. I have worked as an OT within the private sector, NHS and education setting, providing comprehensive assessments, professional reports and effective interventions.

I am an Accredited Sensory Integration Practitioner (ASI) and actively apply principles of Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) when understanding the needs of a child or young person.

As part of my role as Director of Vigere OT Cornwall, I am the Clinical Lead for the Special Partnership Trust. My primary role is to oversee the analysis of activity and environmental modification with the goal of reducing pupils’ barriers to learning; and ensuring pupil participation in meaningful school occupations. A focus on supporting children to feel organised and regulated.

I work extensively with children and young adults with a full range of physical, emotional and learning needs, always seeking to understand how a child/young person has and is experiencing the world, as I believe that only then can we begin to help them grow and feel safe within it.

Meet The Associates

“We believe in the importance of working closely as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the best outcomes for our families. Vigere Occupational Therapy uses an associate model approach, with close links to a medical practitioner and local specialist professionals.”

Cornwall Autism is run by Speech and Language Therapist, Oni Law, and Occupational Therapist, Mary Hosken and offers private autism assessments for children and young people in Cornwall. Both Oni and Mary have extensive experience of autism assessment in the NHS, and still work in the local ASDAT and Neurodevelopmental Assessment Teams; they are also passionate about being able to offer families another choice for pursuing a diagnostic assessment. Find out more about them on their website:
www.cornwallautism.com
or email them on:
hello@cornwallautism.com

kate rollo
Kate Rollo
Specialist Occupational Therapist

BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Occupational Therapy, University of Plymouth, Sep 2011 – June 2014

I am a motivated individual with a passion for Occupational Therapy, particularly in the area of paediatrics and learning disabilities. My career covers adult mental health, stroke rehab, acute trauma, adult learning disabilities and more recently paediatric mental health services and learning disabilities. I have enjoyed working for the NHS and within the private health and social care sector. I am someone who takes pride with having a broad range of experience and an eye for learning and developing new skills in a number of fields. I have excellent communication, social and organisational skills, along with the dedication and eagerness to work and succeed. I am a hardworking Occupational Therapist committed to my career and the individuals, families and teams whom I support.

Meet Me Where I Am

Where am I going?
Where should I be?
Is that where I’m headed?
Is that what you see?

You’re already there
In this place that I’m not
That’s where you’re starting
That’s what you’ve got

A place that’s without me
That’s foreign, afar
Goals have been written
But who are they for?

My parents or peers?
My teachers or friends?
Am I something to fix?
Something to mend?

You want to know me
So enter my world
Don’t help me unravel
Watch me unfurl

Can you start where I am?
Why not meet me there?
Invite me to play
We’ll make quite a pair

Play is a window
Play is my door
Play is a language
We’ve both learned before

They say its not play
Doesn’t look as it should
But I’m telling you more
Than they thought that I could

So liven my senses
See what I seek
Come into my world
Just take a peek

Do you know where my world is?
Can I show you where?
Can I ask you a question?
Will you meet me there?

Developed by Lou Thrower, Written by Katie Flaxman

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