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 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 am 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 photographyand enjoy blogging about new experiences on my bucket list. I'm also training to be a mental health crisis volunteer and in the very early stages of training to become a qualified counsellor.