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IMG_6701Emma Snowdon is the owner and principle therapist at Happy Senses Children’s Therapy.

Emma Snowdon BSC (hons) MCSP, is an experienced Paediatric Physiotherapist and an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner.

Emma worked for many years in the NHS, as a Highly Specialised Paediatric Physiotherapist, before entering the independent sector full time in 2017. Emma now offers private assessments and therapy to a range of clients as well as providing clinical supervision and regularly delivering training sessions to numerous agencies including Adoption Central England (ACE) and the Sensory Integration Network. Emma is also an approved provider to ACE, Coventry, Nottingham and Leeds county council support after adoption services, amongst many others.

After completing a BSc (hons) degree in Medical Sciences with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Leeds University, Emma graduated from the University of Coventry with a BSc(hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2002. Since that time she has worked in the NHS in a variety of settings and has specialised in Paediatrics since 2003.

Emma has worked in several special schools, mainstream schools and community settings and ran various clinics including orthotics, dynamic movement orthoses, developmental coordination disorder and developmental delay. She has been heavily involved in service development, setting up community assessment clinics to reduce waiting times, introducing outcome measure tools and developing services to ensure equity across a countywide demographic.

Emma has completed a variety of post graduate training courses and has achieved her Post-Graduate Certificate and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Sensory Integration. Emma has completed all four of the Sensory Integration Network modules awarding her the title of Advanced Sensory Integration therapist and is about to embark upon completing her research project to complete her MSc. in Sensory Integration. Emma has also completed the Sensory Attachment Intervention Level One training.

Other relevant training that Emma has completed: 

  • The Just Right State Programme (E. Bhreathnach)
  • The meaning of the Child Interview (Cambridge Centre for Attachment)
  • Attachment & Psychopathology (P. Crittenden)
  • Attachment: Parent-Child Relationships (H. Johnson & E. Bhreathnach)
  • Clinical Interpretation & Report Writing (C. West & E. Bhreathnach)
  • Complex Trauma in Children (Sensory Integration Network)

Emma is also an Accredited Paediatric Bobath trained Physiotherapist, completing her Bobath training in 2013. Emma has completed training in Rebound Therapy, Dynamic Movement Orthoses, Makaton and was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in 2011 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital physiotherapy department working with children post-SDR surgery. Emma has been invited to lecture at the ASSERT conference in 2014 on the importance of physiotherapy in children with Angelman Syndrome. Recently (2018), Emma was also invited to speak at the Sensory Integration Network national conference about using Sensory Integration from a physiotherapy perspective.

Emma is Health Professions Council (HCPC) registered, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and has undertaken a full CRB check. She is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP), the Sensory Integration Network and the British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists (BABTT).

Emma says: “I am fascinated by neuroscience and how our sensory and motor systems interact.  I am passionate about the importance of sensory integration in physiotherapy. Sensory integration dysfunction can massively impact on the development of motor milestones and motor skills and can affect academic learning, social participation, self-esteem and quality of life. I strongly believe that all behaviour is a means of communication, and it is my job to understand this and make sense of it, when the child is unable to do so. To me, Sensory Integration is the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle that helps me to help children and their families make sense of many of the difficulties they are facing.”

HPC Registration number: PH63449

CRB Enhanced Disclosure number: 001572539255, 10/05/2017