Dr. Esther Zachariah is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in Dubai who was trained at Christian Medical College, Vellore. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University (USA).
She worked for 2 years in a community rehab setting, in India, as part of her community service. She was head of the early intervention group and set up the Autism clinic at the centre there. When she moved to Dubai, she started working with Neuropedia, where she was instrumental in setting up the occupational therapy department.
She is involved in research in various fields within occupational therapy and has received accolades for the same. She believes in using evidence-based practices for each child that she works with. She believes in working with a multi-disciplinary team as it has proved to be the best approach for a child’s care. She is an advocate for equipping parents and nannies to continue interventions at home for the longevity of the effects of formal therapy sessions. In addition, she is the founder of the social media page “Therapy with Esther” where she shares simple task ideas for parents to teach children at home.
She is proficient in managing children with fine motor issues, handwriting difficulties, difficulties in using cutlery, independence in everyday tasks, sensory processing issues, attention difficulties, difficulties in social play, etc. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.