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 16 years, I have specialised in dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Although my initial post-graduate qualification focused on assessing those aged 16, I then did further mentoring and training to assess all age groups, and therefore I have over 10 years' experience of assessing young children too.
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 enjoyed 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'm just a 15 minute drive from London Gatwick Airport.
I'm 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'm a fully trained mental health crisis volunteer with the Shout service and, from September, I'll start my training to become a fully qualified counsellor.