About Me

Qualified Teacher. Experience working with a variety of learning styles, SEN (Special Educational Needs) including autism, ADHD, PDA, SPD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and memory and processing difficulties, behavioural challenges and emotional needs. Literacy Subject Leader. Phonics and reading. Recognised Apple Teacher. ASA Certificate for Teaching School Swimming (Key Stages 1 and 2. Selected for the Surrey Future Leaders Programme (Babcock Education).
5 Reviews

£100.00 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions READ THIS TUTOR'S REVIEWS HERE

Specialist Experience and Skills

After completing my Postgraduate Degree in Education I taught Year 2 for three years and progressed to the role of overseeing Literacy in both Key Stage 1 & 2 as Literacy Subject Leader. I was then part of setting up a new English curriculum school in Dubai where I was Founding Key Stage 1 Leader and whole school assessment Leader, as well as teaching both year 1 and 3. During the last 6 years I have taught a wide range of children with a variety of learning styles, Special Educational Needs, sensory and emotional needs, and behavioural challenges - this includes children with autism, ADHD,... Read More
After completing my Postgraduate Degree in Education I taught Year 2 for three years and progressed to the role of overseeing Literacy in both Key Stage 1 & 2 as Literacy Subject Leader. I was then part of setting up a new English curriculum school in Dubai where I was Founding Key Stage 1 Leader and whole school assessment Leader, as well as teaching both year 1 and 3. During the last 6 years I have taught a wide range of children with a variety of learning styles, Special Educational Needs, sensory and emotional needs, and behavioural challenges - this includes children with autism, ADHD, PDA, SPD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and memory and processing difficulties.

I believe that my natural empathy, patience and personality allows me to build a solid, meaningful relationship with the children I teach quickly, gaining their trust, making them feel comfortable and confident, all of which are conducive in developing as both a child and a learner, and achieving their educational, behavioural and emotional goals. Building on this foundation I am able to develop lessons that lend themselves to an individual’s learning style, ability and really embed learning through questioning and practical and tactile activities that are fun and engaging for the child.

Having worked closely with specialists in Speech and Language, Behaviour, Play and Sensory Therapy, as well as Educational Psychologist and Occupational Therapist I have a good understanding from the early observation and assessment stage, through to developing an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and its implementation and integration in to a child’s daily learning and routines. In addition to this experience, as part of my Literacy Leader role, I developed a reading initiative specifically aimed at raising boys’ interest in reading and addressing the ‘reading gender gap’ that has continued to be an issue in recent years.

Specialist experience supporting children to develop fine motor skills:

The importance of fine motor skills is often over looked, but the use of these smaller muscle of the hands, used when undertaking daily tasks like doing up buttons, opening lunch boxes or writing or cutting with scissors is vital in a child’s development of their academic performance and self-esteem. I have done extensive work in both the UK and Middle East around supporting children in developing these fine motor skills.

Helping children build a foundation on which they can continue to develop skills such as hand and finger strength, hand eye coordination, hand dominance, hand division and how to best manipulate an object are instrumental in so many things a child needs in daily life as a student.

From planning subtle daily interventions involving activities such as threading and lacing, using Play-doh,science pipettes transferring water, to full termly plans using crafts and art to address these fine motor goals, I ensure that we draw on these fun and engaging activities that can accelerate this fine motor progression.

Specialist teaching experience for children with Autism and ADHD:

I have worked, and currently work with, many children diagnosed with Autism and ADHA both on a 1:1 basis at home and in a school setting. As part of these close working relationships we have looked at innovative ways we can allow the child to access the curriculum drawing on their strengths, interested and tailoring learning to their own unique personalities. Often integrating visual supports, creating opportunities that allow for longer time to process information and ensuring that instructions are short, clear and succinct when being delivered. Through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), working closely with Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language specialists, the Class Teacher and parents, I’ve been able to support progress, improve confidence and develop self-esteem whist cultivating a really love for learning and having fun in the process.

Experience supporting children to enhance their memory, processing and comprehension

Working memory plays a vital role in how children hold on to and work with information stored in short-term memory. I have done a lot of work with children in both a school setting and 1:1 tuition to help improve and develop this area of learning.

Through the use of games that use visual memory such as playing cards (Go fish!) to initiating active reading activities that involve collecting and collating information as a text is read I have been able to support many children in improving their memory, processing and comprehension skills, ensuring that it is delivered in a fun and engaging way.

Specialist dyslexia teaching experience:
Back at the beginning of my teaching career I chose to focus my Post Graduate dissertation on inclusion, this discussed the issues for ‘inclusion’ in the mainstream primary and Early Years setting. I looked closely at the on-going debate regarding inclusion, looking specifically within the context of Special Educational needs. As part of this research project I did a lot of work around a range of learning challenges, and I spent a considerable amount of time learning about Dyslexia.

This armed me with invaluable insight and the perfect foundation to build on. In my role as Literacy Subject Leader for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we did a lot of work around adapting teaching approaches and the use of resources and planning of bespoke interventions to support children’s learning styles that were linked to dyslexia. This role involved working closely with Education Psychologists and schools SENco to develop educational plans and interventions that incorporated a blended approach to learning that embraced a range of strategies that allow the teacher, or adult involved, to simultaneously give input to the child’s verbal, visual, motor and tactile memory centres.

This multi-sensory integration is aimed to maximise the child’s ability to make connections and associations between both visual and verbal information through linking them up via the other available senses.

In addition to these teaching approaches to specific learning goals we must also be very mindful to the emotional by product of dyslexia. Anxiety and frustration are often daily companions to this learning style and it’s vital that as adults and teachers we are aware of this, and foresee the ebb and flow of these emotions that the child will be experiencing during learning, and in fact daily life.

One particular initiative I launched was a boys’ reading club that looked at making reading appealing to boys, especially those that were reluctant readers and/or found it a challenge, often due to learning difficulties.

We employed a range of techniques and approaches that made texts more accessible, offered sensory support and ensured it was fun and engaging. We strived to really try and ignite that spark for reading, that others, that perhaps didn’t see reading as a negative experience, already had.

More recently I have been working 1:1 with a child who has a cognitive assessment report that indicates many red flags for dyslexia, and we have been employing a range of multi-sensory approaches to improve phonological awareness, which in turn, can contribute to helping improve the child’s reading and writing. In addition to this I have just completed The Open University ‘Understanding Dyslexia’ qualification that adds to my insight and experience learnt supporting children with learning difficulties and challenges.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe having a happy, engaged child that wants to learns is half the battle. It’s my job to get to know each individual child and understand what it is that interests them, excites them and makes them tick. I need to appreciate their strengths, areas for development and attitude to learning. It is only then that I can develop and deliver lesson that truly match their learning style, are fun and help them reach their true potential.

Something Sensational About Me

I completed “Race the Sun” in the Lake District, which involved cycling 50 miles, climbing to the summit of England’s second highest mountain – Helvellyn – and canoeing a 5km course on Lake Thirlmere, through which I raised a considerable amount of money for Action Medical Research.
I ran and completed the New York and Los Angeles marathon and over the Christmas of 2010, organised and took part in 3 marathons over 3 days; Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing day to raise funds for Cancer Research. And most recently, I cycled (solo) over 8 days from Paris to Monaco in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Contact us to book this tutor

Your contact details will be sent to SENsational Tutors Ltd and will NOT be used for any marketing purposes.

Qualifications and Training

Qualified Teacher; Experience working with a variety of learning styles, Special Educational Needs, behavioural challenges and emotional needs; Literacy Subject Leader; Phonics and reading; Recognised Apple Teacher; ASA Certificate for Teaching School Swimming (Key Stages 1 and 2; Selected for the Surrey Future Leaders Programme (Babcock Education).... Read More
Qualified Teacher; Experience working with a variety of learning styles, Special Educational Needs, behavioural challenges and emotional needs; Literacy Subject Leader; Phonics and reading; Recognised Apple Teacher; ASA Certificate for Teaching School Swimming (Key Stages 1 and 2; Selected for the Surrey Future Leaders Programme (Babcock Education).

Choose me if…

If you are looking for a tutor that will take the time to understand your child, think creatively to find ways which will help you child develop, have fun and become the best possible version of themselves.... Read More
If you are looking for a tutor that will take the time to understand your child, think creatively to find ways which will help you child develop, have fun and become the best possible version of themselves.

SPECIFIC AREAS COVERED

All of London

Location

Enhanced DBS Checked

References Checked

ID Checked

Contact us to book this tutor

Your contact details will be sent to SENsational Tutors Ltd and will NOT be used for any marketing purposes.




Allan

I recommend Daniel unreservedly to anyone in need of his type of expertise. He has proved to be an excellent tutor for my 10 year old daughter who is not only on the autism spectrum but has addition complications of dyslexia and dyscalculia. He is patient with her and makes the lessons engaging by bringing general interest and novelty to the tutoring table. Even when undertaking the sessions on line my daughter is able to benefit and progress.

Seema Ganatra

Daniel tutored our 9 year old son who has ASD over the summer holiday period. From the very first meeting Daniel managed to make our son totally comfortable and at ease in his presence. His warm, friendly and engaging approach to teaching meant that our son actually looked forward to Daniel’s weekly sessions with excitement, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Our son is a visual learner, Daniel identified this in the first instance and tailored his sessions accordingly. Each session was followed by a very detailed feedback report which provided us as parents invaluable information about what was covered in the session in a clear snd transparent format. We would have no hesitation in recommending Daniel as a tutor to any family who wants a highly experienced tutor who can provide their child with a fun, engaging learning experience tailored to their own unique style. Seema - mum

Sarah

Daniel has given my dyslexic son so much confidence in his reading, spelling and maths ability. He has made the sessions fun and interesting. Always feeding back to me important information and helpful advise about my son's needs. Daniel is an excellent tutor and dedicated also - working hard with my son's school to facilitate an integrated support system and approach to learning. Highly recommended!

LUMA ZALATIMO

Daniel tutor our son tutor for two weeks while we were on vacation in London. My son, age 8, has mild autism and ADD, I was a bit worried how easily will my son connect with Daniel in such a short time and new environment, but Daniel proved to be brilliant in getting a child to bond with him. Daniel was great to channel my son’s attention and keep him present and interested by introducing the topics they had to work on in a very creative way, he was patient and enthusiastic all through the session regardless how my son reacted. Daniel is very creative In introducing academic topics in ways that draw the kids attention quickly and he was able to balance it with keeping my son physically active in topic related activities. Daniel really knew how to handle my son despite his autism and ADD, my son benefited a lot and had fun at the same time.

Ed da Biscia

Daniel has been tutoring our daughter (9) for three months. He has been excellent. He is encouraging, enthusiastic, creative and caring. We have been delighted and our daughter (who is not the most patient of pupils) has been utterly engaged in Daniel's lessons, with striking results. We cannot recommend him too highly.

Please leave a review below