My aim is to help develop children and young peoples’ learning, attainment, emotional and social well being and behaviour, through the application of psychology, working sensitively and confidentially with the children and young people themselves and their families.
Through carrying out assessments and providing consultations with key individuals, I assess the educational needs of children and give advice on how those needs can be met. This may include advising teachers and other staff on how to support the educational needs of an individual child or young person, as well the families themselves.
I can provide support and advice for children and young people who have learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties or emotional problems.
For example, children:
- having problems with overall development or particular areas of learning (such as reading);
- with medical problems that affect their learning;
- with hearing or vision impairment;
- who display challenging behaviour in class or at home;
- who are anxious or withdrawn;
- with communication difficulties (speaking, listening or writing);
- at risk of exclusionwho have phobias (e.g., of school)
Assessment and Consultation
I can carry out educational and psychological assessments across the full age range, from young children to adults. These assessments can be done at school or at the clients’ home. Assessments help to identify difficulties in learning and adjustment to learning situations. They enable advice to be given on the practical support which might be most appropriate and can provide information in the following areas:
- General abilities and levels of attainment in basic skills
- Language and communication
- Specific learning and literacy difficulties (e.g. Dyslexia and Dyspraxia)
- Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- Sensory and physical disability
- Access arrangements in all public examinations
Assessment may involve, for example, investigating background information and reviewing any concerns the individual or carer of the child may have, observing the child at work or play, discussion with parents, teachers and others who know the child well and the use of standardised psychometric tests and measures. I creatively apply and integrate the Consultation Model (Wagner, 2000), Motivational Interviewing techniques, Solution Focused Approaches (O’Connell, 2005) and the Constructionist Model of Informed Reasoned Action (COMOIRA, Gameson et al., 2003) to facilitate positive change at individual, group and systemic levels (i.e. facilitating schools and families).
The assessments I carry out aim to help families and others to understand children’s difficulties more thoroughly so that they can provide more effective teaching, support and care. I will usually talk further with the individual or carer of a child about the findings of the assessment work I carry out. This will then be followed up by a detailed written report including conclusions and recommendations.
I can provide a range of training for teachers, learning support assistants, parents and others. In the past, I have designed and delivered training to schools and parents on various topics, such as:
- Anger Management
- Attachment Theory
- Behaviour Management
- Down's Syndrome
- Loss and Bereavement
- Precision Teaching
- Restorative Justice
- Social stories
Therapies and group work
I am trained to practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I have used these therapies on a number of occasions to help facilitate change for various individual children. I can help set up and run anger management groups, Circle of Friends and social skills groups.
I can help to make a positive difference in your own or others' lives by using Coaching.
"Coaching is recognised as a powerful vehicle for increasing performance, achieving results and optimising personal effectiveness" (Bachkirova, Cox and Clutterbuck, 2014).
"Coaching is...a form of helping relationship, where one person builds a relationship with another (or a team or group) with a view to supporting them to make positive changes in their life and situation" (Adams, 2015).
Coaching is a collaborative, solution-focused, results-oriented and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancements of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee" (Association for Coaching, 2015).