Pioneering services for children with learning, developmental, motor and behavioural challenges

Our Team

 sIR6e3VU (2)CEO,  Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Neurofeedback practitioner

Joanna Brett Dip COT, RCOT

In 2011 I formed Starjumpz to build upon the work of Jill Christmas who established this practice in 1989 with Dimitrios Mylonadis. Starjumpz is committed to pioneering new services for children and their families, with a vision for how using new technologies and pioneering approaches with evidence based best practice can break new ground in helping children achieve their potential.

In the past five years we have attracted a dynamic team of experts to work with us at Starjumpz, including leading our Clinical Director Neurodevelopmental Consultant Paediatrician Dr Georgie Siggers. We are all passionate about helping children and supporting their carers and teachers, and committed to working as a team where collectively so much more can be achieved.  The range of services we offer is expanding as more associates join us.

The multi-disciplinary team offering diagnostic assessment and treatment are able to offer appointments within a few weeks with  ongoing follow up and treatment. With the NHS spending cuts too many children are on waiting lists for the help they need at a time in their development when it is so vital that they receive it.

In April 2014 we began to offer Neurofeedback treatment. Combining this with Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Nutritional Therapy and other services, increases the efficacy of treatment and accelerates progress. We are very excited by the results we are seeing with Neurofeedback combined with therapy. In 2017 we introduced the Alpha-Stim electrocranial therapy stimulation device which can be used in conjunction with Neurofeedback or by itself to treat insomnia and anxiety in children. The device can also be used by adults and is useful in the treatment of depression.

We believe that working in partnership with parents, carers and teachers is vital to achieve the best outcomes. We strive to inspire, empower and nuture the children we see at Starjumpz, to build their self-esteem, release their potential, learn new skills and strategies for success, and to support their health, well-being, and to enable them to enjoy their precious childhood.  Playing and having fun is at the heart of everything we do at Starjumpz.

As a Paediatric Occupational Therapist I have worked for 25 years in a variety of NHS and Independent settings including schools and Therapy Centres. I have experience working with children with a wide range of conditions including Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Coordination Difficulties, Cerebral Palsy, mild to severe Learning Difficulties, multiple handicaps, visual perceptual disorders, handwriting problems and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) & ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder). I also have experience in the medico-legal area including the assessment of children for statements of special educational need.

I have been involved in setting up and developing occupational therapy services for children both privately and within some of the London health authorities. I have worked in South Africa and in Japan where I was chairman of Tokyo International Learning Community, a charity which was setting up a school for foreign children with special needs.

I live in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and I have four sons.

Clinical Director 

Consultant  Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician

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Dr. Georgie Siggers BSc (hons), MBBS, MRCP, MRCPCH Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician

My undergraduate medical training was completed at Guy’s Hospital where I qualified as a doctor in 1993. Since 1995 I have been working as a paediatrician, specialising in neurodevelopment since 2001. I have held several NHS Consultant posts in London and the South East and have received specialist training in undertaking developmental assessments, assessments of children for autism spectrum disorders (including DISCO, ADI and ADOS) and assessments of children for ADHD. My other area of work is associated with adoption and fostering. I have lectured widely, including to an international audience.

From 2013 to 2016 I was employed as a Consultant Community Paediatrician for Kent Community Health NHS trust based at the Homeopathic Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. My NHS duties included general paediatric developmental clinics, assessments of children presenting with a range of behavioural conditions, diagnostic assessments for children with ADHD and or Autism Spectrum Disorders, follow up of children with ADHD, diagnosis and follow up of children with complex disability and safeguarding, Designated Doctor for Looked After Children, Lead for ADHD and Medical Advisor to Adoption. I also had day to day lead clinical responsibility in two local special schools.

I am a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and an executive and council member of the British Association of Community Child Health (BACCH), editor of the BACCH Magazine, member of the British Paediatric Mental Health Group and member of the George Still Forum for ADHD.

At Starjumpz we offer Diagnostic Assessment, Consultations and ongoing follow up. Diagnostic assessments for Autism (ASD), ADHD, PDA, Developmental Delay, Complex Disabilities. We also offer Post Adoption Mulitdisciplinary Assessments and Paediatric follow up care. Assessments may involve other specialists such as Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Physiotherapists.

 

DimitriosMylonadisPhoto (2)Dimitrios Mylonadis MScOT (Paediatrics), BSc (Hons) OT, PGDip (Anthropology), FRSM

Consultant OT Starjumpz & CEO Hopscotch Harley Street, London.

I have been working in the field of Paediatric Occupational Therapy since 2001. I completed my first degree in the Technological Educational Institution of Athens: School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Occupational Therapy in 2001 and received my Master of Science in Paediatric Occupational Therapy at Brunel University, I hold post-graduate training in Sensory Integration from the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland. I have just completed a Masters in Neuroscience.

I have worked with mainstream children with learning, developmental and autistic spectrum disorders. My clinical interests are; Sensory Processing Disorder, Diagnosis and Treatment, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Early Intervention and Clinical Reasoning.

From 2005 until 2012, I joined the lecturing team of the SI Network UK & Ireland and have presented various courses and workshops. I have also lectured for Brunel University West London and Canterbury Christchurch University. I am responsible for a postgraduate Sensory Integration training programme in Greece. In 2005 I joined Hopscotch and later took over ownership. Hopscotch is a dynamic multi-professional centre with a mission to serve children and families in need and a vision towards excellence and achievement.

In 2011 with Joanna Brett Pioneering Children’s Services Ltd and Starjumpz was established in Tunbridge Wells building on the work of the Christmas Children’s Clinic. Since then we have been developing an educational programme for parents, teachers and health professionals and looking to bring together the best in treatment.

Our mission is to provide in-depth assessment & therapy to children that experience learning and/or behavioural difficulties and offer support to the family environment based on advanced research and current evidence-based treatment approaches.

The vision of Starjumpz is to serve children and their families by:

  • Promoting independence and fostering development of underlying skills through innovative evidence-based treatment approaches
  • Establishing a collaborative relationship with the child’s family environment
  • Developing a multi-disciplinary centre to maximise results
  • Striving for Continuing Professional Development through ongoing research & training
  • Raising public awareness and developing treatment approaches, particularly based on the Sensory Integration framework developed by Dr. A. Jean Ayres.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

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Lou Whitehorn Dip COT

Independent Occupational Therapist and Neurofeedback practitioner

I have held a variety of posts, since qualifying in 1979, in both the NHS (including a number of London Boroughs) and private sector working with children and adults with a range of learning, behavioural and developmental difficulties.  I have been involved with occupational therapy provision at St Mary’s Roehampton Paediatric Unit and Hopscotch Children’s therapy Centre in Harley Street. Having trained with Jo Brett in Oxford, we have worked together for many years and now are enjoying building the team at Starjumpz. I am passionate about my work with children using sensory integration therapy and a range of other approaches. I am trained in Sensory Integration Therapy, Dr Miller’s approach to children with Sensory Processing Disorder and the Integrated Listening System.

I have two grown up children, and insight into how Dyspraxia can affect children as a mother. My son is overcoming challenges he has experienced with academic work. He is now at Bristol University excelling in his Drama Studies.

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Highly experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Therapy Specialist.

 

 

 

Hannah Carter 

Paediatric Occupational Therapist & Sensory Integration Specialist

Anya Roberts

Paediatric Occupational Therapist & Sensory Integration Specialist

Sally Jones

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Charlotte O’Reilly

Paediatric Occupational Therapist & Sensory Integration Specialist

Sabine Blythe

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Born in Germany where I completed my professional training, I have experience in both paediatric and geriatric occupational therapy and mental health recovery work.

The latter involved working with adults with long term mental health problems enabling them to gain greater independence and self esteem.

Passionate about occupational therapy, my main interest is in treating children with a range of disorders including autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and fine and gross motor coordination problems, using sensory integration therapy.

I work closely with children and their parents from initial consultation and assessment through therapy and ongoing evaluation visiting home and school where necessary. I am married with a young son and enjoy a range of active pursuits including swimming and dancing.

Sarah Motto

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPISTS

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Liz Van Graan   Speech and Language Therapist

I am a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT). I am also recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC).

I am always seeking new challenges to develop myself. I enjoy seeking solutions to problems and difficulties and supporting others through them. I like finding new ways to work to benefit my practice and my clients. I am happy working in a team but also work individually.

I am experienced in working with a wide range of children including children on the Autistic Spectrum ASD, PMLD profound and multiple learning difficulties, Dyspraxia, articulation disorders, and children with language delay. I have worked with children with Dysphagia setting up eating and drinking programmes.  I have experience of running Lego therapy and other social communication skill groups.

I have experience in assessment of children for EHCP plans and in tribunal work. I also work as a legal intermediary, assessing vulnerable witnesses, with or without difficulties to inform and suport the police during interview. I also support witnesses during court proceedings whilst giving evidence.

I have experience working within both schools and nurseries.

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Sarah Spence     Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

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Elke Mondeh    Paediatric Physiotherapist

I have 28 years experience working as a Physiotherapist specialising in Paediatrics in a variety of settings. In addition to working at Starjumpz, I currently work at the Cromwell Hospital in London,  as well as working for the West Sussex Community Trust in a special school. I have worked with Starjumpz and formerly Christmas Children’s Clinic for more than seven years.

My experience includes:

  • General Paediatric Physiotherapy based on neuro-developmental intervention covering a variety of conditions;

– Cerebral Palsy and any diagnosed and undiagnosed  syndromes

– Global and developmental delay

– Orthopaedic problems

– Juvenile Arthritis

– Dyspraxia

  • Experience of treating SDR (selective dorsal rhizotomy)  including use of Functional Electric Stimulation and Galileo Therapy to strengthen muscles and close working relationship with Paediatric Orthotist for appropriate provision of orthotics post-surgery.
  • Galileo therapy to enhance bone density and counteract Osteoporosis in children with Cerebral Palsy and Brittle Bone Disease
  • Assessment for suitability of Lycra garment as part of treatment
  • Integration of Sensory Integration in order to enhance sensory processing in children with reduced and less physiological gross motor mobility  which is the case for all children with the diagnosis within the Cerebral Palsy spectrum
  • Access to advanced and intensive Sensory Integration at Starjumps if need is identified
  • Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy joint assessment / treatment

I am experienced  in a wide range of therapeutic approaches including the Bobath neurodevelopmental therapy, Psychometric Treatment, Sensory Integration Therapy, Dyspraxia, Othotics, MOVETraining and treatment of Neonatal Clubfeet.

Muscular Skeletal approaches; Manual Therapy, Functional Kinetics, Scoliosis Treatments by Lehnert-Schroth and Vojta, Myofascial Release.

Electrotherapy treatment; Advanced FES by Otto Bock, FES for facial paralysis.

Other approaches; Reflective Breathing by Scharschuch-Haase, Stemmfuehrung by Brunkow, PNF Foundation Course, Halliwick Hydrotherapy,  Feldenkrais, Reflexology,  Kinesiotaping. I have studied Acupuncture completing a Foundation Course.

I work closely with parents and teachers in order to maximise the benefit of therapeutic input and I enjoy working within a multidisciplinary team.

The professional memberships include: 

  • British Association of Bobath trained Physiotherapists
  • Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology
  • Sensory Integration Network

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Paediatric Physiotherapist

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE

Dr Daniel Goyal       PhD, MBChB, DTM&H

Specialist in Environmental Medicine. Daniel is now running regular clinics at both Starjumpz and in London which can be booked through Starjumpz.

Dr Daniel Goyal with Jo Brett at the Starjumpz 2013 conference.

Dr Daniel Goyal with Jo Brett at the Starjumpz 2013 conference.

 

 I specialise in Environmental Medicine. I am trained in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and psychiatry, and am currently a clinical fellow researching the environmental aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders. I aim to contribute to the work with children and adults at Starjumpz through the identification of environmental factors associated with health and disease, such as allergy and nutritional deficiency. I provide another level of monitoring and management for diet and supplementation use often implemented by parents.

I am an Aberdeen University Medical graduate (2001). After training in psychiatry, occupational and environmental medicine I moved to University of Manchester (2011) to undertake clinical research specifically relating to ‘modifiable environmental factors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders’. My role at UoM includes Clinical Researcher, PhD /Masters supervisor and Co-Investigator. I have also simultaneously undertaken formal training in neurosciences, completing a PhD: “Modifiable Environmental Factors Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. My goals include further developing viable strategies to prevent, treat and reduce the harm associated with developmental disorders. I also aim to contribute to the growing understanding of environmental factors associated with health and disease, particularly, but not exclusively, in the prenatal, maternal and early childhood periods, developing targeted prevention and treatment interventions.

My main interest is the development of prevention and treatment interventions in conditions with strong environmental contribution. In this regard ASD research is promising with the potential to develop a metabolonomic based early screening and monitoring tool, protective pre-natal supplementation and effective microflora-associated treatments. Other developmental and neurobehavioural disorders share similar possibilities for future research. More broadly, I am keen to be involved with research into novel treatments and management strategies for diseases where modifiable environmental factors exist. I hope by focusing my efforts onto diseases strongly associated with the environment I can contribute to the health of individual patients, reduction of disease burden for society and to improved environmental conditions generally.

AUDIO VESTIBULAR CONSULTANT

Dr Raj Nandi

MBBS, MS (ENT), DLO (RCS, England), FRCS (Glasgow & Edinburgh) MSc Audiovestibular Medicine, UCL.

Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine

I have specialized in Audiovestibular Medicine and am on the Specialist Register of the General Medicine Council. As Consultant within the specialty I have particular interests in Vestibular Medicine and in Central Auditory Processing disorders both in children and adults.

I have co-authored an article to a special issue of the International Journal of Audiology  with Prof LM Luxon, entitled “Development and assessment of the vestibular system” and have also authored several papers in peer reviewed publications.

Within the remit of my responsibilities as Consultant in the NHS, I have developed and continue to supervise work within a paediatric hearing service in West Kent. I specialize in working with patients with hearing and balance disorders, including tinnitus, noise induced hearing loss, central auditory processing deficits, peripheral and central balance disorders.

BEHAVIOURAL & NUTRITION CONSULTANT

Ms Athene Burdge BSc(Hons), PGCE, MSc

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Athene helps parents by providing services to fast track the progress of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those with behavioural and social difficulties.

After a number of years teaching Biology, Science and Mathematics at various levels ranging from primary school and secondary school through to technical college, Athene took time off to have children. During this time she became an Education Consultant for Smile Education Toys, delivering workshops to parents on how to stimulate their children’s development in all areas from birth onwards. Her son was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of two and a half, and a year later her daughter was also diagnosed with the same condition. She then dedicated her time to being trained in various therapies to help her children, tutoring them and later training up a team of tutors. Athene gave advice to parents, spoke at parent evenings for schools, delivered workshops to the local Education Department and held ASD specific workshops at a local special school. Since moving to the UK in 2007 where she settled in Tunbridge Wells, she has spent her time navigating and getting to know UK services, obtaining her MSc and helping her children to become more independent. She also works with Fegans, a local charity, delivering parenting workshops at Children’s Centres around Kent. She is currently working towards becoming a Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

DYSLEXIA SPECIALISTS 

Emma Duncan. Lynda Wansbury.  Michelle MacGrath.

NUTRITION CONSULTANT

Sophie Lamb

I am passionate about supporting children and parents to optimise their health through nutrition and natural supplements. Learning and development can be negatively impacted by problems with nutrition. Working with the team at Starjumpz I can help to improve a child’s health which is fundamental to them being able to function in an optimal way.

FAMILY THERAPIST

June Brogan   Head of Relate for Tunbridge Wells  & Family Therapist with Masters in Family  Therapy.

June offers family therapy at Starjumpz.

NEURO LINGUISTIC PRACTITIONER   (NLP)

Pam Harris

INTERACTIVE METRANOME

Lucy Wills

PRACTICE MANAGER

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ASSISTANT PRACTICE MANAGER

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Sarah-Jane Sellors

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM ADMINISTRATOR 

Becky Day

CLINICAL ASSISTANT

Annabel Rose

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FINANCE MANAGER

Amanda Biddle