The OT Link is so excited to welcome Dr. Dorothy Russell back to present a follow up talk to her DRSP by popular demand.
Dr. Dorothy Russell has worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist and the Director of the Bloemfontein Child Information Centre (BCIC) in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State, for the past 36 years.
Dr. Russell’s passion lies in working with babies and children with Down Syndrome and their families. She values the role of community service and has spent much of her career developing programmes and intervention specifically designed for this context.
Dr. Russell has presented at congresses nationally and internationally and has authored 17 publications including manuals and scientific journals. She continues to train and mentor occupational therapists in the treatment of children with Down Syndrome and Developmental Delay and training in the use of the Developmental Resource Stimulation programme she developed.
Dr. Russell is a passionate mother of two grown up daughters. She values loving, supportive parenting while still providing clear boundaries which help children to feel secure and confident.
She spends much time in clinical practice mentoring and supporting parents as a means to supporting the growth and development of happy healthy children and promoting happy families. She has seen tremendous gains from this parenting mentorship in her client’s therapy outcomes, particularly in the Down Syndrome Population where behavioural problems can be a notable challenge.