Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Kildare

Sensational Kids is Recruiting a Full Time Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Sensational Kids is seeking an experienced and talented, pediatric occupational therapist to join our incredible team at our flagship location in Kildare town, Co. Kildare.

We have an exciting vacancy for an Occupational Therapist who has a keen interest in and experience with horses to join our progressive, award winning service. The ideal candidate should have a knowledge of sensory integration and hippotherapy. They should have some experience working with horses and an interest in bringing these skills to the forefront of modern therapy. This is a full time, permanent role.

About Sensational Kids

Sensational Kids is a national award-winning non-profit organisation serving children, adolescents, and professionals in a progressive, comprehensive, client centred model.

Sensational Kids operates as a child development centre, providing three key offerings for children and their families; subsidised early intervention services for children in need of additional support, a child development and learning store providing a range of skill building toys and therapy products, and professional development training workshops for those working with children with special needs.  Collectively, these services are ensuring that the children benefitting from them can improve their skills and maximise their potential.

We are currently expanding our specialist services in Kildare to include Hippotherapy. We strive to provide a state of the art facility and an inspiring team of professionals with whom you will work alongside, advancing your own knowledge and contributing to the field as you learn and grow in your role. Candidates must be motivated, passionate, flexible, and willing to contribute to the growth of our company. A career at Sensational Kids will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the lives of children and families!

Job Description

 Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provision of family-centred therapy including assessment and intervention for children and young people in both clinic and community settings through individualised and group treatment sessions
  • Provision of Hippotherapy to suitable children on a part-time basis along side managing a standard clinical caseload.
  • To act as a member of the Occupational Therapy and Multidisciplinary teams in the planning, provision and development of professional quality services.
  • To support, share advice and liaise with our team with respect to the delivery of the clinical services
  • To maintain professional and clinical records of individual and group therapy sessions using computerised clinical management software.
  • To participate in clinical team meetings, case conferences and any other service meetings
  • To ensure that all documentation, including individual clinical records are maintained in a secure, orderly and confidential manner and to maintain confidentiality in respect to all matters arising from your official duties.
  • Delivery of training programs and workshops to school staff and families on areas relevant to Occupational Therapy
  • Ensuring the maintenance and development of the therapy rooms and therapy equipment, ensuring the health and safety of all equipment is regularly assessed
  • Ensuring the maintenance of professional development and the regular attendance, participation in and contribution to CPD opportunities.  

Minimum Qualifications


  1. Degree or equivalent qualification in Occupational Therapy and validation of that qualification to work in Ireland
  2. Knowledge of Sensory Integration and Hippotherapy principles
  3. Experience working with horses and a desire to bring this into therapy services.
  4. Experience in evaluating and treating a variety of neurodevelopmental conditions
  5. Experience designing and implementing sensory diets
  6. CPD in Sensory Processing
  7. Access to a car for offsite visits
  8. AOTI Membership
  9. Coru Registration
  10. Experience in administering and interpreting a variety of assessment tools, which include some of the following assessments that you will have access to:
  • DTVP-3: Developmental Test of Visual Perception
  • Bruininks 2 (BOT-2)
  • Sensory Processing Measure
  • VMI (Test of Visual-Motor Integration 6th Edition)
  • MABC 2 (Movement ABC)
  • DASH (Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting)
  • DASH 17 + (Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting)
  • Irish Adaptation of the Handwriting Speed Test
  • Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, 2nd Edition (PDMS-2)
  • Test of Visual Perception Skills 3 (TVPS-3)

Hours of work

35 hours per week Tuesday – Saturday inclusive

Appointments at our child development centre are available from 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and from 9am – 4.30pm on Saturdays.

Some flexibility is required to meet our clients’ needs and working hours may change with service requirements.


Term of employment

Full time, permanent post



This post is based part time in Kildare Town  and part time in a local equestrian centre for Hippotherapy. Offsite work in surrounding areas for school visits etc as required.



The salary for this post is based on the experience of the successful candidate.

Our team are fully supported with clinical supervision, their own personal CPD budget as well as opportunities to attend all of Sensational Kids professional development workshops, presented by worldwide experts. Members of our team have undertaken further specialist training in Ireland, the UK & USA in:

  • sensory processing;
  • hippotherapy (occupational therapy using horses);
  • auditory verbal therapy (speech therapy specifically for children with hearing loss); and
  • sensory attachment intervention

Combined these supports ensure that our therapy team deliver the highest quality and most up to date interventions, ensuring that we deliver a better service and ultimately, better outcomes for children.

How to Apply


Please send your CV and letter of application outlining why you want to join our team.


By Email:




By Post:

Karen Leigh


Sensational Kids

Unit F2 Kildare Business Park

Kildare Town


Closing Date for applications is August 3rd