I am an experienced teacher and a dyslexia specialist. I have been working in different educational settings for over 20 years and am currently working part time as a special needs teacher in both a mainstream and independent school for children between the ages of 4 and 12. The learning difficulties I work with include dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and autism.
“I started to question why so many children didn’t seem to make much progress and noticed a general overwhelming weakness in coordination, ball skills, pencil grip, sitting posture and concentration as well as being over/under sensitive to the environment. I had to get to the root of the difficulty rather than simply target the problem which led me towards extensive training in Sensory Processing difficulties and then rhythmic movement training (RMT).”
Since then I have set up a movement based sensory circuit in my school which I run for groups of children before and during the school day where I also incorporate RMT movements. I am passionate about bringing more movement into schools especially in the early years as I believe it really makes a huge difference to skills in reading, writing, concentration and maths.
“How can a child be expected to sit upright, focus and write beautifully if they can’t balance or catch a ball?”
I want to raise an awareness of child development and feel that it simply isn’t being considered in the curriculum. Some children aren’t developmentally ready for the academic challenges they face which I believe has long lasting consequences contributing to the rise of learning difficulties and poor mental and physical health. I have given many talks on this topic to parents, teachers and students and the impact that a lack of movement and play have on the developing brain.
Services I offer include:
-Talks, workshops and advice to groups and individuals on child development and learning difficulties.
-How to implement and run a movement program in your school
- Assessment and treatment for retained reflexes (RMT) through setting up a simple individual program of movements.