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Wendy Cumines

Lecturer & Clinic Lead: Occupational Therapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email:
cuminesw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 87651
Location:
Room 3.14/1, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

I joined the Occupational Therapy (OT) department in 2010 after working for 23 years in clinical practice mainly with children, young people, families and schools.

My main research interests include:

  • Development, reliability and validity of children's OT assessments.
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and handwriting difficulties.
  • Children's participation in leisure and recreation.
  • Development of integrated services and collaborative working between Health and Educational sectors.

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987 from Dorset House School of OT, Oxford. In 2007 I completed a Masters degree in Special Educational Needs (MA SEN) from the University of Wales, Newport.

Education Practice

I was appointed in 2010 as an Occupational Therapy Lecturer at the School of Healthcare Studies at Cardiff University and teach mainly on the undergraduate programmes. I am currently completing module 1 of The Postgraduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (PCUTL).

Clinical Practice

Prior to my current position I worked for 23 years as an OT in a range of settings, predominantly working with children, young people and their families. I have always had an interest in developing integrated services and promoting collaborative working between professional groups and organisations to improve client care. My areas of special interest are working with children with Developmental Coordination Disorders, handwriting difficulties and promoting leisure participation.

Professional memberships

  • Children, Young People and Families specialist section of COT.
  • Welsh representative of The National Handwriting Association (NHA)
  • Journal sub-editor of 'Handwriting Today'.

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  • Development, reliability and validity of children's OT assessments.
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and handwriting difficulties.
  • Children's participation in leisure and recreation.
  • Development of integrated services and collaborative working between Health and Educational sectors.

Current projects

  • I am currently involved in a collaborative project between Cardiff University Health Board Children's OT service and the Local Authority Specialist Support Teachers. Work is ongoing and has resulted in the production of training materials and a good practice guide on handwriting and motor skills for use by teachers in mainstream schools across Cardiff.   Future plans to evaluate the impact and publish the guide are being pursued.
  • I have been awarded a Teaching Development Grant (2011/2012) to develop teaching resources for OT students on paediatric clinical practice. Development and evaluation of the content of the resources will involve Students, Lecturers and OT practitioners.

Completed projects

  • A reliability and validity study of the Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH). Dissertation for MA SEN (2007).
  • Survey of SENCo awareness of handwriting policy and practice (2007).
  • Service evaluation of OT handwriting assessment and intervention (2005).