About Us

Enable is a unique Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy (PT)  partnership, set up in 2005 in the North East of England. Enable specialises in providing a collaborative OT/PT service offering assessment and intervention for clients with physical, learning and sensory processing difficulties. Assessments are undertaken by both OT and PT together to ensure a good understanding of the individual’s strengths and difficulties. Our goal is to enable everyone to feel confident about their abilities and able to deal with the practicalities of life to the best of their ability. This is achieved by identifying the issues affecting the client or the individuals function and by providing intervention and strategies for home and school to help them meet their full potential.

We work very closely with, and receive clinical supervision from a Child Clinical Psychologist, Dr Ursula Cawthorne. Children with Sensory Difficulties can present with behavioural and emotional challenges and benefit from a combination of a behavioural and a sensory approach.


Sarah is a fully qualified clinical specialist occupational therapist (OT) with over 25 years experience working in the NHS and private practice. Sarah specialises in working with children of all ages with a primary physical disability as well as those with sensory processing disorders. Sarah has over 10 years experience of working in adult neurosciences.


Susanna is a fully qualified clinical specialist physiotherapist (PT) with 25 years of experience in the NHS and private practice.
The last 11 years of this time has been spent assessing and treating children with co-ordination difficulties and sensory processing disorders.
Susanna also has over 10 years experience working in muscular skeletal medicine.

Sarah – “I work in private practice with a physiotherapy colleague and specialise in the assessment and treatment of children and Adults with physical, sensory processing and learning difficulties. I also work part time as a Children’s Physical Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist for the NHS.  I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1989 and since then have been working for the NHS. I then setup my private practice in 2005. Since qualifying, I have worked in various fields of occupational therapy concentrating primarily in Adult Neurosciences and Children with Physical Difficulties. I have been involved regularly in the preparation of reports for parents outlining children’s areas of need as well as reports for Education. I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and am registered with the Health Professions Council.”

Susanna – “I work as a private practitioner in partnership with an Occupational Therapist colleague. We provide assessment and treatment of children and Adults with movement difficulties and sensory processing issues. I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 working in the NHS. Since 2005 I have worked in my own private practice. I have had a broad experience of practice and have always kept up with the latest developments within my speciality. I regularly assess and write reports on children with SPD and DCD for their parents; outlining the child’s area of need, as well as reports for Education. I am a member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and The Health Professions Council.”

Sarah and Susanna are both members of their professional bodies (BAOT / MCSP) and are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and are DBS checked. They are registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) under the Data Protection Act. Your information is held and transmitted securely at all times.

Additionally they are continually updating their post-graduate qualifications including completion of the Sensory Integration Modules 1 & 2 and Therapeutic Listening Training, Kinesio taping levels 1,2 and 3 (Paediatrics), Bobath Early Intervention and Baby Sense Course.

They also provide training to both health and education professionals.

Current CVs are available on request.


In order for children to play, learn and interact with other children and their environment, sensory integration can be key.


These can be as varied as clumsiness, poor gross motor skills or a delay in reaching milestones, to name a few. See the full range in this section.


We have a wide range of services available to you and will work with flexibility at all times, to meet the needs of you or your child.


Enable also offer a range of additional services which utilise our expertise in this area and complement our core range of services perfectly.