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 14 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 the range of services that I can offer assessments to all age groups.

Having conducted 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 clients fly to the UK.

I am lucky to be mum to two children and am able to put children (and parents) at ease. My eldest son has dyslexia and dyspraxia, and therefore I have experience of supporting him through his schooling, college and beyond. My other child has dyspraxia and is currently in sixth form. 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
  • 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 diagnosing 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
  • Professional Patoss Member
  • Member of the Dyslexia Guild  
  • Mermber of The Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE)                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Other relevant information:

  • Clean enhanced DBS record (previously known as a CRB check). Last carried out in December 2015
  • Holds Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Data Protection registered with the Information Commissioner's Office
  • Regularly attend face-to-face training events and webinars to ensure that my practice is current and reflects changes in the assessment of specific learning difficulties.