Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration

A word about the author

Ema Bartolo

Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner


Ema received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Malta in 2009. She is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Maltese Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine and has been working in the paediatric field for the past 11 years. She worked in a variety of settings such as schools, public outpatient clinics, neonatal intensive care, inpatient care and private clinics. Ema has experienced several roles in her career, ranging from clinical therapy to management, surmounting to founding two leading paediatric clinics in Malta.

Ema gained several years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of children. She has experience working with a multitude of diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Genetic conditions, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Difficulties and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Her primary interest is in the area related to neurodevelopmental dysfunction and carried out further studies in the area of neuroscience, focusing on Sensory Integration. Ema also has a postgraduate degree with the University of Ulster in Sensory Integration.

Ema specialises in assessing and treating children with neurodevelopmental conditions who experience Sensory Integrative dysfunction. She has training in diagnostic assessments such as the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and ADOS. She has completed multiple continuing education courses such as feeding therapy and therapeutic listening in order to provide a more comprehensive assessment and treatment to the children and their families.

Ema is a clinical fieldwork educator and is involved in supervising Occupational Therapy students during their clinical placement as part of their undergraduate studies.

Apart from the clinical therapy Ema is passionate about knowledge. She considers the education of parents and teachers as an important part of her professional role. She has delivered local training to parents and teachers and is now working in collaboration with the psychology team to deliver lectures for foreign educators.