Dana Katz Murphy

Dana graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of Cape Town, Medical school in December 1998. She graduated with distinction, joint first in her class. Dana is a CORU registered paediatric occupational therapist who has worked in paediatric private practice, consulting in mainstream and supported schools, both Private and State, for 21 years. She is a qualified Ayres Sensory Integration practitioner. Dana is on the Board for the South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI) and in this capacity, she has lectured to and mentored graduate students in sensory integration since 2014. She holds the Ethics and Workshop Development portfolios for SAISI. Until moving to Ireland, Dana was part of the National Ethical Committee for the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) for 12 years.

Dana is also a part of the team of international testers who have been involved in the collection of normative data for the development of the new Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI) assessment.

Dana strongly believes in inclusion and early intervention and a model of therapeutic support that is grounded in sound developmental principles and takes the child and family, their intrinsic motivation, occupations, and environment into account. She is passionate about blending early intervention and sensory integration to maximise children’s developmental potential in the home, school and play environments.

Dana is also involved in animal assisted intervention and works along side her registered therapy dog, Lexi. Dana is also a registered Interactive Metronome service provider.

Dana is a member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa, the South African Institute for Sensory Integration and Pets as Therapy.

Dana’s cumulative experience in the fields of paediatric practice, education, sensory integration and management, led her to start an inclusive preschool in 2016. The school supports all children, including children with SPD, ASD, AD/HD, behaviour and communication difficulties and developmental delays. She believes that children learn best when regulated and motivated by their peers and this forms the basis of the inclusive model of teaching that she developed for her pre-school.

In 2013 Dana was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Ongoing Service and Passion to the Profession from the Western Cape Paediatric Practitioners Group.