SHEIJA ABRAHAM, B.OT, Dip Child Psychology, Occupational Therapist
Sheija has a strong will and passion to work with children with developmental concerns, and has worked only in Paediatrics since graduating in Occupational Therapy in 2003. Prior to this, she also obtained a Diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge Associated Colleges, UK in 2007. Sheija realized early in her studies to become an occupational therapist, that working with children and their families gave her a joy and satisfaction that could not be matched. She is empathetic and kind and values the role families play in advocating for the required services that are suited for their child.
With over 10 years of practicing with children with developmental concerns, Sheija has worked with a wide variety of diagnosis including Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Learning Disability, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Attachment Disorders, Regulation difficulties, Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, amongst others.
Strong areas of interest for Sheija include the Role of Occupational Therapy in treating children with Autism and Sensory Regulation difficulties. This includes developing child specific emotional and sensory regulation strategies, enhancing joint attention and play, reducing sensory based feeding concerns, developing independence in self-care skills as well as meaningful engagement at home and in the community. Sheija has experience working with children having mental health concerns as a secondary diagnosis. She has been a part of the Child and Youth Mental Health team (Langley) for the Ministry of BC which she greatly values.
Sheija has pursued her ever growing appetite for best practices in Paediatric Occupational Therapy by attending a variety of courses and workshops. Some of these include Advanced Training in SCERTS to assess and treat children with Autism. How does your Engine Run: Alert Program for Self Regulation Carla Cay Williams , Social Stories – Carol Gray, Training in Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis Using Sensory Integration Theory : Teresa May-Benson.
In her spare time, Sheija enjoys spending time with her husband and one year old son, taking in the beautiful outdoors, sketching, travelling to new countries and practicing Bikram Yoga.
Sheija is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), and she is a Registered Autism Service Provider.