About Sarah

I qualified as a teacher in 1999 and my teaching experience spans further, adult and higher education as well as delivering initial teacher training and INSET sessions.

For the past 15 years, I have specialised in dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, and have studied to postgraduate diploma level (see qualifications below) so that I can expand my range of services and to all age groups.

Having conducted many hundreds of full diagnostic assessments for children and adults, I bring a wealth of experience to the assessment which is conducted in a friendly yet professional manner. I receive referrals from schools (state and independent), colleges, universities and occupational health departments, and I have also completed assessments for Social Services. I have assessed children and adults with other needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions, ADHD and mental health difficulties. I have also assessed abroad and have had international clients fly to the UK as I am just a 15 minute drive from London Gatwick Airport. 

I am lucky to be mum to two adult children and am able to put children (and parents) at ease. My son has dyslexia and dyspraxia, and therefore I have experience of supporting him through his schooling, college and beyond. My daughter has dyspraxia and is in her first year of university. I regularly volunteer at a youth club for teenagers with complex learning difficulties, like amateur photography and enjoy blogging about new experiences on my bucket list.

 

I hold the following relevant qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support 
  • Current PATOSS SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (successfully renewed 3 times)
  • MA Lifelong Learning 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education 
  • BSc (hons) 2:1 Open University (English, maths, social policy, education and music)
  • Certificate of Education 
  • QTLS (Qualified Teaching and Learning Status)          
  • CACHE level 2 certificates: Understanding Autism, Understanding Behaviour that Challenges and Understanding Mental Health.                     

I have completed training in adult ADHD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London. I have also attended a training course about Pathological Demand Avoidance with Side by Side Coaching.

                                                                                                                                                      

Professional membership:

  • Fellow of the Society for Education and Training
  • Fellow of the Dyslexia Guild
  • Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA FE/HE)
  • Professional Patoss Member  
  • Member of the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE)                                                                                                                

Other relevant information:

  • I hold a clean enhanced DBS record (last carried out in October 2018)
  • I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office
  • I regularly attend face-to-face training events, take part in webinars and engage almost daily in a professional practical forum to ensure that my practice is current.