Sophie Brazier

Sophie Brazier

Children’s Physiotherapist

Sophie joined the Physiotherapy team at Children in Motion in September 2016 on a part time basis. She also works at Valence School in Kent which is a school for children with physical disabilities.

Sophie enjoys working with children with a wide range of physical disabilities and has an exceptional gift in engaging with children while making them work hard to achieve their outcomes. It therefore comes as no surprise that the children and families under Sophie’s care adores her and that the children enjoy every moment of their therapy.

Sophie qualified in 2007 with a Physiotherapy BSc degree from Northumbria University. Her interest in paediatrics grew when she completed her second year elective placement at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She qualified at a time when junior rotations were limited so whilst working as a physiotherapy technician on the stroke unit at Frimley Park Hospital she began working as a family support worker for a boy with dystonic cerebral palsy. This gave her a lot of experience and insight into the day to day joys and challenges of caring for a child with a severe disability. This led to her becoming team leader for his care package, being involved with recruiting and training of new staff and night nurses. She continued working part time for the family whilst working as a Physiotherapist in a Care home for adults with severe disabilities before moving to work for a health and social care company with adult learning disabilities and challenging behaviours. Sophie also did locum work, gaining experience in musculoskeletal and chest Physiotherapy.

In January 2015 Sophie’s dream of working as a children’s Physiotherapist was realised. She has since worked with the NHS community paediatric team in Farnham, private paediatric Physiotherapy clinic in Harley street working in a small team treating children from 0-19 with neurological and general conditions and in January 2016 she began working at Valence school in Kent as part of their multidisciplinary team working with children with significant physical disabilities.

In 2016 Sophie trained to become a MAES therapist. The MAES approach is about treatment strategies based upon an in-depth analysis of the neuro-developmental movement disorder in each individual and a better understanding of how and why this individual moves the way he/she does. From that deep understanding, we guide and educate each client about specific sensory-movement components to make the best use of their own potential for improvement.

Sophie has a special interest working with children of all ages with developmental and neurological difficulties. Sophie particularly enjoys applying her skills in a hydrotherapy environment.

Sophie has taken further courses and qualifications in

  • Movement Analyses and Education Strategies (MAES) therapy,
  • assessment and prescription for Ankle Foot Orthoses Footwear Combinations taught by Elaine Owen,
  • hydrotherapy,
  • assessing and scoring the Challenge FM
  • chest physiotherapy.

She is a member of the

  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)