Nicola O’Reilly - High Hopes Dubai

Nicola O’Reilly

Deputy Managing Director / Senior Occupational Therapist
DHA License Number: 33033334-003

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Nicola is a passionate Occupational Therapist/Medical Director with over 11 years’ experience working in pediatric services across Ireland, the UK and Dubai.

As well as her degree in occupational therapy, her educational background includes a master’s degree in psychology, providing a solid understanding in child development and childhood disorders. She has also achieved ‘Advanced Practitioner’ status in Sensory Integration Therapy.

In addition to her core specialization, Nicola has pursued further training in Vision Therapy, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, and Behavioural Therapy. This diverse skill set enables her to holistically assess a child’s needs, tailoring interventions with precision to address individual requirements.
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and a member of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, she upholds the highest professional standards.

Excited to bring her expertise to High Hopes Dubai, Nicola is dedicated to delivering high-quality occupational therapy services and continue to cultivate a culture of excellence within the team.


  • Adapting the Environment for Children with Challenging Behaviour
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Version 2 (ADOS-2) – Training Course
  • Autism Exercise Specialist CEC course
  • Bobath Course for the Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy, Module 1
  • IOSH Manual Handling of People, Train the Trainer
  • MSc. in Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention of Visual Perceptual Difficulties
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration (Advanced Practitioner Status)
  • Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT Training)

HER Expertise

  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Attention Deficit ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Equipment Provision
  • Executive Functioning Difficulties
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Major & Minor Housing Adaptations
  • Manual Handling Plans
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Parent and Teacher Training
  • Rare Genetic Diseases
  • Self-Regulation / Behavioural Difficulties
  • Sensory Processing Difficulties
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Vision Impairment

Blogs by Nicola O’Reilly

Should I say “No” to my child?
Should I say “No” to my child?
February 5th, 2024

Many parents struggle in finding the right balance to set boundaries for their child, while also giving their child the freedom to express themselves through…

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