Treating with Sense
I graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Cape Town and moved to New York to work in a paediatric rehabilitation hospital. My interest in babies began 20 years ago in my work in this wonderful facility, Blythedale Children’s Hospital. Over the years, I have continued to study and grow in the areas of Sensory integration (SI), Neuro-developmental therapy, DIR Floortime, Infant Mental Health. The two areas that most instruct my work with babies are SI and the emotional health of babies.
I have been in private practice for the past 17 years. In my Cape Town practice, I see fussy babies, specializing in sleep problems, irritability and feeding difficulties.
In 2001, after the birth of my second baby, I felt compelled to write a parenting book that guided parents to read their baby’s signals and understand their little ones. I asked Ann Richardson, a friend and colleague to join me on the journey of writing Baby Sense.
Sleep, being the biggest challenge of the first year of life was the natural progression and we followed Baby Sense with Sleep Sense in 2007.
Thereafter, dietician Kath Megaw and paediatrician Simon Strachen and I teamed up to look at the exciting task of feeding babies and wrote Feeding Sense.
Finally in 2011 I wrote a full colour version of Baby Sense – The Baby Sense Secret (Your Sensory Baby).
Each month I write for a variety of parenting magazines, websites and blogs.
In 2004 I founded the Baby Sense company. It has grown over ten years to become South Africa’s best-loved baby brand. It fed my passion to create solutions for moms of new babies and ensure the products met the highest standards of quality and safety.
Connecting with moms and therapists is what keeps it real – I love the regular talks I deliver and the questions that emerge as we deal with the challenges of early parenting.
My lectures and courses with therapists are conducted worldwide and provide a challenge to keep up with the most current research on infant development and treatment.
In 1998 I became a mom for the first time and experienced first hand ‘primary maternal preoccupation’ – I was smitten. In 2000, my first daughter taught me what a settle baby looked like and how infants signal and engage. She was so easy that she made me feel successful at mothering – I went on to write Baby Sense and to have a third baby. My third precious little one came along in 2005 and is a bright spark in our world, full of fun, creativity and laughter.
I have parented these precious children in a wonderful team and am privileged to be backed and supported in all I do by the love of my life.