The Ace Children's OT Team

Alison Cairns

  Alison qualified in 1989 and has a background in Neurology & physical disabilities. She has worked as an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with children since 1998 specialising in children with complex needs such as Autism and ADHD. Alison was the clinical supervisor for OT students and clinical team lead in her role in the NHS between 1998 and 2014, Within the past 4 years Alison has undertaken Independent practice, establishing the company and recruiting the OT team. She has also been trained within 24 hour postural management, complex seating and equipment for children with conditions such as cerebral palsy and has worked within special school environments. Alison undertakes specialist sensory integration assessment  and treatment of children within specialist nursery and school settings each week.   


Alison trains educational staff on a regular basis in her role within the Hampshire Teaching school federation, and was invited to be the keynote speaker at the pre-school conference in March 2017.   


Alison Cairns Dip COT, BSc (Hons), HCPC registered, BAOT member,

Trained to Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner Level

CYPF member COTSS-IP member  

Diana Pierags

  Diana qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2010, and went straight into a career working with children and young people aged 0-25. She has worked as a paediatric community based OT in London and Hampshire. She has been part of a multidisciplinary team working with a variety of children including premature infants, neuro/physical difficulties, sensory/modulation difficulties and developmental difficulties in a variety of settings including special needs schools, home settings and mainstream school environments with attached resource bases for children with ASD. This has given her a wide depth of experience working with children and young people aged 0 to 25 both in schools, nurseries and in their own homes. Diana is a qualified advanced practitioner in sensory integration, certified Bobath trained therapist, school AMPS and SCERTS trained therapist. She also has extensive experience in splinting of upper limbs and assessing for equipment based needs such as specialist seating systems at home and school.     


Diana Pierags BSc (Hons) OT, MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy  HCPC registered, BAOT member, CYPF member, Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, Certified Bobath trained therapist.  

Amanda David

  Amanda qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2004, and went straight into a career working with children and young people. She has worked as both a paediatric community based OT in London and Hampshire, and been employed directly by numerous special needs schools. In London, Amanda worked in the team managed by eminent OT Dr Sidney Chu. This has given her a wide depth of experience working with children and young people aged 2 to 19 both in schools, nurseries and in their own homes. 


Amanda is currently covering the North Hampshire and Berkshire area for the Practice.


Amanda is a qualified Sensory Integration Therapist from the university of Ulster.    


Amanda K David BSc (Hons),  

HCPC registered, BAOT member, CYPF member, Sensory Integration Practitioner  

Anthea Bailey

  Anthea is passionate about the privileged position of working with children and young people, enabling them to reach their maximum potential. Since graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 2007, she has specialised in working with children, young people and their families. She is committed to her clients and has been told that she ‘helps children to shine’. Anthea has worked as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Occupational Therapist in a Tier 4 in-patient and day service, also as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in paediatrics and learning disability. She has been able to draw from relevant experience from work in a women’s refuge, where an essential part of her role was to support parents and children with emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties and her work in a residential school for children with complex needs and challenging behaviour.    


Anthea takes an enthusiastic, forward thinking and professional approach to work. She has been commended consistently for her strong family centred approach and for her ability to plan and implement interventions at a high standard and with efficiency, creativity and initiative, also for her sensitive and empathic nature.   


Anthea is a qualified Sensory Integration Therapist from the university of Ulster.  Other post registration clinical qualifications include a Level 4 Teaching diploma and ‘How to be a Brain Friendly Trainer’ accredited through The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL). As a trainer, she works creatively to craft engaging multi-sensory learning environments and activities to enable learners to acquire new skills.   


Anthea Bailey BA (Hons)  MSc Occupational Therapy   

HCPC registered  

Royal College of Occupational Therapy member,  Sensory Integration Practitioner  

Lucinda Cocks

Lucinda gained a degree in Economics before working as an Investment Fund Manager with financial intermediary Hargreaves Lansdown in Bristol. Having decided that her vocation lay elsewhere, and after taking a career break travelling India, Nepal, Thailand and Australia, she re-trained as a Mental Health Nurse at King Alfred’s College, Winchester and Park Prewett Hospital in Basingstoke. She worked as Community Psychiatric Nurse in Aldershot for the Hollies Community Mental Health team and as a Senior Sister managed a caseload of 60 patients. She also mentored nursing students.


Spending a number of years at home bringing up two children, Lucinda then returned to work part-time as a Special Needs Learning Support Assistant at Hook Junior School, supporting children with a variety of needs one-to-one. During her time there she achieved two qualifications in Speech, Language and Communication Needs, following which she delivered SLCN interventions. She also completed a course to teach Yoga and Meditation in schools, rolling out a programme of Yoga for the entire school and running a daily Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation group for vulnerable children.


In her spare time Lucinda enjoys learning languages and gained a Russian GCSE from Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke. She also speaks German and Norwegian. For the last year, Lucinda has worked as a volunteer for English Heritage at Stonehenge in the re-constructed Neolithic Huts, sharing information about Stone-age life and artefacts with visitors.


Lucinda joined Ace Children's OT to develop the role of OT Assistant.


Lucinda Cocks BA (Hons) Economics

Diploma in Higher Education, Nursing (Mental Health)

ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice

Alex Cairns

  Alex has enjoyed a long career working predominantly at executive level within global IT companies with a particular focus in consulting businesses and driving strategic change. More recently, Alex pursued an interim career working across a variety of sectors at board level fixing complex business, technical and political issues with an underlying IT focus. Following Alex’ last assignment, he took a career break and started helping Alison with the newly-formed Ace Children’s OT. He enjoyed this so much that he now runs the Company allowing Alison to focus on the clinical side of the Business.   


Alex Cairns 

Member, British Computer Society 

Chartered IT Practitioner 

Member, Institute of Directors 

Member, Institute of Interim Management