Amanda Kelly, BSc OT, Senior Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Amanda Kelly, BSc OT, Senior Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids

Amanda joined the Sensational Kids Team in 2016 as an experienced Senior Occupational Therapist. Amanda has over eight years experience working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and worked with the HSE for a number of years before joining Sensational Kids. Amanda has experience working with children with a range of conditions including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, DCD/Dyspraxia and children without diagnosis who are falling behind or have Sensory Processing Disorders.

Amanda has a strong interest in Sensory Integration and enjoys working with children immensely. In keeping with the ethos at Sensational Kids Amanda believes that every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their goals in life.

Amanda has completed the Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate Programme with the University of Southern California and is working towards becoming a level one certified Sensory Attachment Practitioner.


Professional Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, BSc. (hons) in Occupational Therapy from NUI, Galway

Sensory Intergration Continuing Education Certificate Programme from University of Southern California

Professional Memberships

AOTI member (Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland)
CORU (organisation for regulating health and social care professionals)

Continuous Professional Development Courses Completed


  • Therapeutic Listening – Listening With The Whole Body
    A Two Day Workshop Presented By Sheila Frick OTR/L
  • Clinical Reasoning For Occupational Therapists, With training in The SpIRiT
    (Sensory Processing/Integration, Reasoning Tool) of Paediatric OT©
    Devised and Copyrighted by Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L & Angela Sauer Graf, MS, OTR/L, with Kaitlin Dollard, MS, OTR/L, Emily Marshall, MS, OTR/L, Ruth Meissner, CCC-SLP and Jess Rempel, MOT, OTR/L
    A Three Day Workshop Presented by Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L
  • ICDL DIRFloortime® Training Program. The original and official DIR® and DIRFloortime® (AKA Floortime®) training program


  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration and Early intervention – Instructor: Janet Gunter, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, April 2018
  • GDPR as part of the AOTI PPAG Study Day, April 2018
  • The Just Right State Programme – June 2018
  • OT and The Law – September 2018


  • Sensory Attachment Intervention level 1 – Sensory Integration Network
  • Certificate in continuing education in Sensory Integration – University of Southern California course 2 – Instructor: Dr. Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum – Instructor: Linsey Smith, OTD, OTR/L
  • Outcome Framework & Goal Attainment Scaling Workshop presented by Dr. Sidney Chu – Sensational Kids
  • Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP) – Sensational Kids, November 2017
  • Sensory Defensiveness Workshop – A Comprehensive Treatment Approach – Sensational Kids, December 2017
  • Attachment and psychopathology, Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation. Instructor: Patricia McKinsey Crittenden, PhD – NHS Foundation Trust, December 2017



  • Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues – Sensory Integration Network



  • USC/WPS SIPT Certification for Therapists in Ireland 1: The Sensory Integration Perspective – Instructor: Dr. Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Course 4: Sensory Integration Intervention – Instructor: Dr. Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L,



  • Suicide alertness for everyone – SafeTALK



  • Astronaut Training, Vision Screening & Intergrated Visual – Vestibular Treatment Strategies – Sensational Kids
  • Lámh Module One – Brothers of Charity



  • Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehansive Treatment Approach – Sensational Kids
  • Practice Education Workshop – University of Limerick



  • Seating Assessment & Solutions, Level 1 – Enable Ireland
  • Seating Assessment & Solutions, Level 2 – Enable Ireland



  • ‘Small changes…big difference – helping children with Coordination difficulties to get the most out of their day’ – ACAMH
  • An Introduction to Sensory Integration – Sensory Integration Network
  • Impetus Training Course – Invacare

Occupational Therapy Appointments

To make an appointment to see Amanda Kelly, Senior Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids please phone Sensational Kids on 045 520900