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Brian Purcell

Senior Occupational Therapist


Brian is a skilled and experienced Senior Occupational Therapist who graduated from National University of Galway as a mature student with an honours degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Previously, he completed a 3 year diploma in Health Science and Applied Physiology. 

Brian has previously worked in a number of H.S.E. posts, ranging from Community Adult Mental Teams, Early Intervention and School Age Teams.  He has experiencing completing Assessment of Need with children of all age groups and with a variety of disabilities, including motor, sensory and behavioural challenges.He has gained invaluable knowledge and experience working with and alongside clinicians, parents, teachers and Special Needs Assistants.  He believes that in order to provide a client-centred approach it is crucial to involve everybody in the Occupational Therapy process so that a greater understanding of the child’s strengths and weakness can be identified.  For Brian, building rapport with the child he is working with is a vital part of the assessment process, so that the child is comfortable and able to engage in their main occupation, play.  One can learn a great deal of information from a child when they are playing.

Brain is registered with CORU (Health & Social Care Professionals Council), is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and a member of the Sensory Integration Network.  He has completed a post graduate certification in Sensory Integration, allowing him to practice as an Ayres Sensory Integration practitioner.  He is aware of the impact deficits in sensory processing can have on a person’s level of performance, regulation and behaviour. 

Brian is a father of 3 young children, so spare time is limited but between nappy changes, Lego building sessions and taxi services to football, GAA and play-dates, he enjoys running, playing guitar and bringing the kids on a long hike, to tire them out.