Frances Critchley is the founder of Hope Child Therapy Ltd. Frances is passionate about helping children and young people. She has a particular interest in sensory integration, regulation difficulties and early years child development. Hope Child Therapy is a  specialist children’s occupational therapy practice.

Frances qualified as an occupational therapist in 1985. After a broad general experience she specialised in Paediatrics in 1998. She worked in the NHS in the community, in special and mainstream schools.  She also worked at special schools for children who are on the autistic spectrum, as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team. She set up the occupational therapy service and Sensory Integration Therapy at High Grange School, a special school for children who are on the autistic spectrum. In addition Frances has worked for many  years as an expert witness for Somek & Associates a medico-legal company.

Frances is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council Registration number: OT 13889

She has an enhanced DBS certificate (previously CRB check) Certificate number: 001612406398.

She is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to ensure data protection of personal information according to the Data Protection Act 1998: Registration Number Z1923705.

She is a member of the following professional associations: Sensory Integration Network UK & Ireland, The Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Children Young People & Families (CYPF) and Independent Practice, specialist sections  of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists.


Frances qualified as an occupational therapist in 1985 at Derby (now Derby University) and holds a Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists (equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree).

Frances has undertaken post graduate studies at Masters level in Sensory Integration Therapy and is qualified as an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration Therapy and is SIPT certified.

Frances has gained Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 in the Sensory Integration Therapy Modular Pathway through SI Network UK & Ireland and Ulster University.

She is currently studying for an MSc in Sensory Integration Therapy, through the University of Ulster.

Relevant Training 

  • Safeguarding Children.
  • Safeguarding Adults.
  • Paediatric Basic Life Support.
  • Adult Basic Life Support.
  • Conflict Management.
  • Health and Safety awareness.
  • Moving and Handling.
  • Sensory Integration Post Graduate Diploma, & Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration (Ulster University).
  • Sensory Attachment Interventions Level 1 (Eadaoin Bhreathnach).
  • Theraplay Level 1
  • Attachment and Psychopathology (Dr Patricia Crittenden).
  • Attachment Informed Practice at the SAI Centre.
  • Meaning of the Child (MoC) (Dr Ben Grey).
  • The Alert Programme. “How Does Your Engine Run?”
  • Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues (Isabelle Bellfeuille).
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (Dr Sidney Chu).
  • School AMPS.
  • ADHD/SPD Comorbidity (Dr Sidney Chu).
  • Courtroom Skills (Bond Salon).
  • Handwriting training (Dr Sidney Chu).
  • Team Teach.
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance.
  • Self-harm.

Why Choose Hope Child Therapy Ltd?

Hope Child Therapy Ltd provides a child centered service tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.

Frances the founder of Hope Child Therapy Ltd is a very experienced occupational therapist. She uses a holistic approach and works with parents, young people and other educational, health and  social care professionals to achieve the best outcome for the child.

At Hope Child Therapy we are specialized in helping children  with sensory processing difficulties, regulation difficulties, attachment difficulties, children who have experienced trauma, emotional or behavioural difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD and children who experience difficulties with motor co-ordination or dyspraxia.

Rates are competitive but the service that is provided is to a high standard.

A flexible approach is used. This means that a child can be seen in the school environment, at home or in the clinic setting depending on what is going to be most convenient and most appropriate for the child and those caring for the child. Hope Child Therapy Ltd is based within easy reach of Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Matlock, Sheffield, Ashbourne, Burton-On-Trent, Stoke-On-Trent and Birmingham.

Frances has worked as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team in three special schools. This means she has gained a much better understanding of how schools function. She is therefore better placed to provide appropriate advice for school staff and for children in the school environment.

Frances is qualified to a very high level in Sensory Integration Therapy and has also gained post graduate training in Sensory Attachment Interventions (SAI) Level 1, to enable her to use SAI techniques in her practice,  helping children who experience difficulties with attachment and with self – regulation.

Frances has devised and delivered training for school staff, health care professionals and to special interest groups and local organizations.

She has provided expert witness medico-legal reports and is practiced in writing clear detailed reports.

Services may be commissioned weekly, monthly or termly or as and when they are required.


“…… your caring nature is simply wonderful. I am absolutely gutted to lose you from our team and you will be sorely missed. Replacing you is an impossible task.”

Gavin Spicer, Principal High Grange School

“We have seen amazing leaps in her ability to cope with life and much of this is down to your work, she loves her sessions with you and the positive effects are very noticeable in her everyday life.”


“Thank you for your very professional report it has enabled our son to get the help he requires.”