Sue Hanisch

By Bush & Company

Sue graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Salford in 1979 and went straight into paediatric work. She was the first Occupational Therapist to set up a Community Paediatric Service in and around Blackburn and the Ribble Valley in North West England. She initially worked with over 200 children who had many different physical disabilities both of congenital and acquired origin. Many children had developed behaviours, which indicated that their emotional needs were unmet. It was a busy service and the children and young adults were from 0 to 19 years old and were from many different backgrounds. Sue has worked across Europe and speaks several languages. Sue’s work also involved the introduction of a toy library in five different locations throughout East Lancashire.

All Sue’s interventions depended on the quality of relationship built with the child and family and she used daily activities to promote learning whilst creating a sense of fun to minimise any sense of pain and difficulty. She liaised with Social Services for adaptations at home and soon became involved with clinical supervision, educating student nurses as well as students from occupational therapy and physical therapy schools and junior staff.

Sue herself is a below knee amputee and is thus extremely familiar with all aspects of living with this problem.

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