Charmaine Bernie

Charmaine has worked for four years in the Occupational Therapy Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is a highly specialist paediatric occupational therapist, and the clinical lead for the Neurodevelopmental Occupational Therapy Service.

Areas of expertise

  • Developmental Assessment and targeted intervention for children and adolescents of all ages
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment and Intervention for a range of conditions known to affect joint stability and muscle strength
  • Handwriting Assessment, intervention and recommendations for schools and/or colleges


Bernie, C. & Rodger, S. (2004). Cognitive stragegy use in school-aged children with developmental co-ordination disorder. Physical therapy and Occupational therapy in Paediatrics, 24, 23-45.

Presentations at Conferences

  • PRES (Paediatric Rheumatology), 2011, Bruges, Belgium: The Frequency of parent-reported motor coordination difficulties in children diagnosed with benign joint hypermobility syndrome. 
  • Developmental Coodination Disorder International Conference, 2011: Lausanne, Switzerland: Developmental Coordination Disorder versus Joint Hypermobility: The presence of coordination difficulties at a multidisciplinary assessment clinic for children with biomechanical pain related to hypermobility
  • PRES (Paediatric Rheumatology), 2010 Valencia: Poster - Pain, Fatigue and Poor School Attendance in Young Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Related to Hypermobility.
  • National Occupational Therapy Conference, Australia, 2002: Cognitive stragegy use in school-aged children with developmental co-ordination disorder.


  • Child development and developmental disorders
  • Paediatric Epilepsy
  • Neurometabolic Disorders


Qualifications and training

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with First Class Honours
  • Certified UK Trainer for the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach.
  • Member of the Health and Care Professions Council and the College of Occupational Therapists


Nominee for Staff Excellence Award 2010 – Great Ormond Street Hospital

Research interests

  • Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Galactosemia
  • Complex Epilepsy


Telephone: 0207 405 9200 ext 1141