Thomas Van der Ploeg
Thomas is an Occupational Therapist at The London Children’s Practice. Thomas studied for a Master’s degree at Oxford Brookes university obtaining a distinction. Following his studies, Thomas worked in the NHS as an OT for Guys and St. Thomas’ on a rotational scheme. Initially working in a surgery and vascular team and then rotating to orthopaedic elective surgery.
Currently, Thomas works primarily with children and young people in South West London. Thomas’ client group includes those living with autism, developmental challenges, and other non-specific learning difficulties.
Thomas has experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings including at a working farm for young adults living with learning disabilities and autism, a university placement on a rheumatology ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and in family settings for children living with complex needs.
Thomas has experience in providing the movement ABC assessment for children, handwriting assessments and has experience working with a variety of children with a multitude of different strengths and backgrounds. This ranges from those who may simply require extra time for homework and exams, to children who need full involvement from a multi-disciplinary team.
Thomas has a special interest in learning disabilities and autism. Thomas has worked in different settings including a placement that placed support dogs for children living with autism, a clinical placement considering the development of babies, and has worked in family homes to provide 1:1 support for teenagers with complex needs.
Thomas is a registered member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, a member of the Children and Young Persons Foundation and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Outside of work, Thomas enjoys going to watch live music and comedy and exploring all the sights, sounds, and tastes that London has to offer. Thomas is currently training for a long-distance swim around an island in Devon.