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Irene Johns

Occupational Therapist


Iriene started her career as an occupational therapist after graduating from K.M.C.H. College of Occupational Therapy in Tamil Nadu, India, with a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy in 2009. Iriene holds a license from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to practice occupational therapy in Dubai and is a member of the All-India Occupational Therapy Association (AIOTA).


Her professional career has taken her to work in a number of settings with children and families, adults and older persons as well, and she has over 13 years of experience working in the UAE.

Languages known: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Basic communicative Arabic


Iriene has completed extensive training and professional development in the following areas:


  • Sensory Integration - Module 1,2, CLASI Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration, American Occupational Therapy Association, USA


  • The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards:  Certified Autism Specialist CAS222523697


  • Registered Behavior Technician- BACB, U.K.- Course module 40 hours training completed (2017)


  • NDT for sensory babies, SCERTS Model approach, Handwriting Strategies, Toe-walking, hearing impairment.


She obtained experience in clinical and educational settings while working at the Dubai Autism Center for more than 8 years. She was involved in the evaluation and treatment interventions for autistic children from the age of 3 to 18. She specializes in offering children in individual and group therapy sessions standardized tests as well as sensory and play-based therapies.

Professional distinctions: She received nominations from the Dubai Autism Center for the PHASE award in the Outstanding Movement Therapist category in 2014 and the Outstanding Occupational Therapist category in 2019.


Her experience working with kids who have developmental disabilities, ADHD, learning disabilities, Cerebral palsy, and uncommon genetic conditions was greatly enhanced by her employment in the early intervention therapy services offered by the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Physical and Occupational Therapy Department.


Speaking engagements included presentations trainings on various topics relevant to the field for the purpose of parent and staff trainings in school as well as corporate setups on various topics including sensory processing, early intervention, visual perception, ergonomics and manual handling, school readiness and workspace ergonomics.