Specialist Experience and Skills
I am a qualified primary teacher and Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QToD) with nearly 20 years of teaching experience. During this time, I have worked with children and young people aged 0-25 with a variety of SEND including those with processing and memory needs, ADHD, ADD, Deafness, communication and language challenges, Auditory Processing Disorder and ASD. I have worked in a variety of roles including teacher in charge, visiting teacher and recently as a freelance QtoD working with Deaf university students. During my career I have also been part of a team within an inpatient CAMHS unit, wo... Read More
I am a qualified primary teacher and Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QToD) with nearly 20 years of teaching experience. During this time, I have worked with children and young people aged 0-25 with a variety of SEND including those with processing and memory needs, ADHD, ADD, Deafness, communication and language challenges, Auditory Processing Disorder and ASD. I have worked in a variety of roles including teacher in charge, visiting teacher and recently as a freelance QtoD working with Deaf university students. During my career I have also been part of a team within an inpatient CAMHS unit, working with children and young people with severe and enduring mental health issues. I currently split my time teaching in a specialist provision in a junior school and as a freelance QToD. I have worked within a CAMHS unit and in conjunction with allied professionals. I am a positive, organised person and enjoy meeting and working with new people.
My skills and experience working with children with processing and memory difficulties: I have worked as part of a wider team of professionals to support learners with auditory processing and memory difficulties. I am able to identify individual styles of learning and then adapt my techniques, language, style of teaching and modify resources as appropriate. I have experience implementing external programmes of support (such as SALT and OT) as appropriate. I have learnt through my own experiences as a learner (I’m currently studying Korean) the benefits of being allowed time to process the information presented to you and how frustrating it is when you’re not allowed the opportunity to do this!
My skills and experience working with children with ADHD or who lack focus and concentration: I have experience and a proven track record working with children experiencing ADHD and who struggle to focus and concentrate at times. I understand and can work alongside learners who find it challenging to follow instructions and focus on activities. I have used resources such as visual timetables and visual support to allow learners to understand the flow of a session and reduce anxiety. In my practice, I allow for “brain breaks” so that information can be processed, alongside training and developing strategies to allow the learner to build up the length of time that they can listen and attend. I can adapt my teaching style as appropriate and am organised, flexible, creative and patient.
My skills and experience helping children to engage in learning: I have experience helping children to engage with their learning. I work alongside them to identify their skills and interests, using this information to form the basis of support. I am able to adapt my support to meet a variety of multi-sensory learning needs and styles. Whilst working with CAMHS I was required to be flexible and adaptable to individuals’ needs, often on a day-to-day basis. This allowed the best outcome for the learner.
My skills and experience helping children with multi-sensory learning needs: I am able to adapt my teaching to meet the needs of learners with multi-sensory needs and different learning styles. I recognise that learners utilise a combination of senses (visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic) to activate different parts of the brain. In previous placements, I have utilised resources and activities such as sensory play, music/song and brain breaks to engage the learner in the session.
My skills and experience developing children’s independence, boosting students’ self-esteem and confidence: I have experience preparing children to become more independent learners and confident individuals. This includes responsibility for preparing Deaf students for the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, teaching them skills that will increase their self-confidence and allow them to be more assertive and be able to be more able to access work without significant adult support. I also currently teach Deaf Studies, which works with learners to be able to be more confident individuals and strong identity and The Emotions Curriculum, which develops learners emotional literacy and Theory of Mind developing their sense of self and increasing their understanding of others’ behaviours.
My skills and experience teaching English and Maths: I am a qualified primary teacher and have experience teaching English and Maths whole class, small group and 1:1. As a QToD, on a day to day basis I work with learners to adapt language and expand comprehension. I have experience teaching children accessing P Scales and pre Key Stage Standards. Accordingly, I can adapt my teaching to allow learners access to key concepts. I have experience teaching Singapore Maths.