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Press Release: Winner of COT Pearson Award for education, research or continuing professional development announced

Julie Osborne, a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), has been named as the winner of the 2015 COT Pearson Award for education, research or continuing professional development. The award will fund Julie’s attendance at a four day sensory integration and Autism Spectrum Disorder course later this year which will inform her development and use of intervention.

On hearing of the award outcome, Julie Osborne said: “I was delighted to hear that I won the Pearson Award for 2015.  I am looking forward to attending a four day sensory integration course in Birmingham on “Working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Is it Sensory? Is it Behaviour?”  I work in an educational setting for students with complex needs, most of whom have ASD and are non-verbal.  I feel that this course will enable me to gain a deeper understanding of their behaviours and will have a great impact on my future occupational therapy intervention.  Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity, I am very excited!!”

Sara Forster, Chairman of BAOT / COT Council commented: “The Pearson Award was particularly popular in 2015 and a number of high quality applications were received in this category. The College is delighted that the generosity of Pearson Assessment has provided such an excellent opportunity for a BAOT member to extend her professional development in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This will importantly lead to the potential to enhance practice with pupils with complex behaviours.”

This award is now in its third year, and was developed as a joint initiative between the College of Occupational Therapists and Pearson Assessment. The Award aims to provide support for an individual professional or student BAOT member towards an activity that forms part of their education, research or continuing professional development. A sum of £1,000 was awarded to Julie to enable her to continue her professional development related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Shelley Hughes, SROT, Senior Product Manager for Pearson Clinical Assessment, congratulated Julie on her award: “The COT Pearson Award for CPD enables us to recognise the outstanding work and commitment to professional development that members demonstrate. We are therefore delighted to congratulate Julie on the outcome of her application and look forward to hearing more about her course attendance later this year on Working with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Pearson Clinical Assessment is the leading publisher of assessments, interventions and CPD resources for professionals working in health, psychology and educational settings. Their wide portfolio covers a range of bestselling tools in areas including: motor, visuo-perceptual, sensory and functional skills and wellbeing.

These include the new Sensory Profile™ 2, Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (Movement ABC-2), Sensory Profile™ and Cognitive Assessment Training – Online (CAT-Online).


Date posted: May 7, 2015


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About Pearson Assessment

  • Pearson Assessment is the world’s largest commercial developer and distributor of educational assessments and psychological testing materials with over 90 year’s history of commitment to researching and developing products to a reliable high standard.
  • Pearson Assessment is dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence, leadership, and growth through acquisition, development, publication, and the maintenance of quality assessment tools in order to anticipate and meet the needs of its customers.
  • Drawing on our knowledge and capabilities, Pearson Assessment is dedicated to creating proven standardised assessments and interventions that transform lives and help professionals in education, health services and other areas to provide the best possible diagnosis and care.
  • The COT Pearson Award for education, research or continuing professional development was originally launched in 2011.


About the College of Occupational Therapists

  • The College of Occupational Therapists is the only professional body for occupational therapists in the UK and the voice for the occupational therapy profession.
  • We promote the value of occupational therapy as a means of improving the health and wellbeing of UK citizens and strive for excellence in occupational therapy education, in professional development, in research and in practice.
  • The College has over 30,000 members including researchers, practitioners, students and overseas members. Practitioners work in a range of settings including hospitals, health centres, schools, residential and nursing care, children’s’ centres, prisons, workplaces, voluntary organizations and independent practice.
  • For more information about the College of Occupational Therapists visit



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