My current research is focused on investigating the effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) as a frame work for supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a practising Paediatric Occupational Therapist, I believe that the key to understanding ASD can be found in identifying neuro-behavioural patterns and manipulating them for therapeutic effect. My aim is to assess the neurological basis of SIT and the impact it has on ASD characteristics at a physiological and neuro-circuitry level.
My primary supervisor is Chris Scott. We share a mutual research interest in investigating the neuroanatomical structures involved in mediating emotional responses and processing sensory stimuli.