Meet Emma


Emma Smith


Specialist Occupational Therapist and Sensory Attachment Intervention Lead, Clinical Director


BSc (Hons) Psychology, PGDip Sensory Integration,
MSc Occupational Therapy, CSAccred (AAC), MRCOT


HCPC Number: OT68850
BAOT Number: BT0810477

Special Interests

Sensory Integration
Sensory Attachment Intervention
Supporting eating and mealtimes

What I do at Juniper Tree Therapy

I work with children, adolescents and families with a range of difficulties, using an individualised and eclectic approach to assessment and intervention. My training allows me to draw from theories of Sensory Integration, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and neurodevelopmental principles (knowledge of how the brain develops to support functioning). I am on the Sensory Attachment Intervention Education and Training Team, delivering training to Professionals across the United Kingdom and internationally.

Asset 4

About me

I have always enjoyed working with children- initially working in holiday camps and after-school clubs during Sixth Form and University. During my Psychology degree, I began volunteering with Barnardos, working with children who had difficulties engaging in school, and I knew that I wanted to know more about how to help children to have fun, learn and develop. This was when I discovered Occupational Therapy, and I have never looked back! I love that each day is unique, that no children or families are the same, and that I have the privilege of getting to know each person and family that I work with individually.

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, I have worked in private practice, within nurseries, mainstream and special schools, residential homes, Child Development Centre’s, and with adolescents and adults in the community setting. I have experience working with children with a wide range of different needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing difficulties, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyspraxia, and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.


I am an Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist and Level 2 Sensory Attachment Intervention Therapist. To support relationship and interaction-based approaches, I have attended training to enable me to use Theraplay® Informed Practice, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Informed Practice (‘DDP’), Video Interactive Guidance, and Attachment Lead in Schools Training (Louise Michelle Bomber). I am a reliable coder in a number of attachment assessments, including the MIM method, D-EIS (Dyadic Emotional Interaction Style) Scoring, the Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA), and the Meaning of the Child (MOTC) Interview.

I have also explored other holistic intervention approaches and have received training in aromatherapy, and EcoSensory Therapy.

Testimonials for Emma