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 17 years, I've 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 children too.

Having worked with hundreds of children and adults over the years, I bring a wealth of experience to the full diagnostic assessment which is conducted in a professional but very relaxed and friendly manner. I have extensive experience of assessing people with additional needs such as autistic spectrum conditions, ADHD and mental health difficulties and I've completed assessments for Social Services. I've 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. My son has dyslexia and dyspraxia, and therefore I've supported him through his schooling, college and beyond. My daughter has dyspraxia and is at university. I'm a mental health crisis volunteer with the Shout service. I like amateur photography, blogging about new experiences on my bucket list and studying with the Open University. I also regularly volunteer at Kangaroos which is an amazing mid-Sussex-based charity for children and young people with learning disabilities.  

I hold the following relevant qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support 
  • Current PATOSS SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate
  • MA Lifelong Learning 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education 
  • Certificate of Education 
  • QTLS (Qualified Teaching and Learning Status)          
  • CACHE level 2 certificates: Understanding Autism, Understanding Behaviour that Challenges and Understanding Mental Health.                     

I've completed training in adult ADHD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London and a training course about Pathological Demand Avoidance.

                                                                                                                                                      

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                                                                                                             

Other relevant information:

  • I hold a clean enhanced DBS record (last carried out in October 2018)
  • I hold professional indemnity insurance
  • I'm registered with the Information Commissioner's Office
  • I regularly attend face-to-face and online training, take part in webinars and engage almost daily with other professionals from around the country