About Me

My name is Joao, I have been working across London as a SEN carer/support worker since 2006, as a SEN/mainstream teaching assistant and mentor. I am also a yoga for the special child therapist, SEN/mainstream tutor and I have been working as an interpreter and translator. My greatest passion is to work with SEN children and young adults, as it is so motivating and rewarding to design an IE(B)P tailored to the child, young adult, and witness the child’s progress in all areas, from independence, social skills, to achieving academic targets and empowering them with socio-emotional coping strategies to face life’s challenges, to enable them to thrive and live life fully. I am an avid sports fan, love body work, gaming and love connect with people in general, special children and young adults in particular.

£55.00 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

I have met and have fallen in love with the SEN world first as a volunteer, as a care worker/support worker at children's homes coordinating extracurricular activities and following Individual Education Plans and Individual Educational and Behaviour plans. I have also been working as a SEN teaching assistant in special schools first as a supply SEN teaching assistant, later on as a SEN 1:1 teaching assistant, worked with children with speech and language impairment and diagnose of autism, under supervision and guideline of a speech and language therapist. I have also led teaching sessions... Read More
I have met and have fallen in love with the SEN world first as a volunteer, as a care worker/support worker at children's homes coordinating extracurricular activities and following Individual Education Plans and Individual Educational and Behaviour plans. I have also been working as a SEN teaching assistant in special schools first as a supply SEN teaching assistant, later on as a SEN 1:1 teaching assistant, worked with children with speech and language impairment and diagnose of autism, under supervision and guideline of a speech and language therapist. I have also led teaching sessions with groups of SEN children with diagnoses of ADD/ADHD, EBD, behaviour, social and emotional challenges, gifted and talented SEN children, within the primary, secondary setting and also did outreach.

I have lead 1:1, 2:1 interventions, small group sessions, coordinating activities, have been working with children in the autistic spectrum, high functioning, lower ability, diagnosed with Asperges, ADD, ADHD, hypersensitive disorder, hypo-sensitive disorder, supporting the development of receptive and expressive language, worked in mainstream schools under the guidance and supervision of SENcos and language and speech therapists, in special schools as a supply teaching assistant and learning support assistant. I truly believe that every child has the right to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, that is the responsibility of the education setting to promote a learning environment adequate for the child to thrive. In order to achieve that the professional, tutor, teacher, should be able to look beyond the limitations of any special child or young adult’s diagnose. 

I am experienced in using PECS, Makaton, kinaesthetic learning, stimulating fine motor skills, art therapy, I am also a trained yoga for the the special therapist and, even though I am not a qualified music therapist I have used music, sound, instruments and movement to stimulate shared attention, motivation, interaction and to promote an immersive fun activity for children and young adults, although being mindful that some SEN children and young adults do have a selective sound sensitive syndrome.

My experience of working with very challenging behaviour occurred with children and young adults within the age group from 7 years old. I have experienced different crisis development being trigged in children by different occurrences. Such occurrences could be triggered by sensory sensitivity, frustration, depression, unmet needs, anger, which would elicit an increase of anxiety, attention seeking, fear, panic, fluctuation between passive-aggressive behaviour, often leading to a lost of rationality, leading to challenging behaviour actions, speech and even fight or flight responses. The skills I have developed and applied when working with individuals presenting very challenging behaviour are based in the premise that behaviour is communication, being it conscious or unconscious.

I strongly believe that an individual behaviour is performed in the space between internal (self) and external (educators, school, physical spaces) and each challenging behaviour incident has its underlining causes, that is up to the educator to tap into the behaviour, cognitive and emotional landscape of the child or young adult, and implement coping and self regulating strategies, so the individual feels as safe as possible, emotionally stable, so one can be open to academic achievement and social interaction.

I have used strategies such as implementation of a reward system in order to promote and support the internalisation of appropriate behaviour. I have played as a role model in the way that I relate with the individual and others, I have always built a positive relationship with the individual and family, so I could learn as much as possible about triggers, likes and dislikes and promote an empathic relationship with the family and the individual. I have used areas of interest both to support the individual to self regulate in moments of pre-crisis or crisis, used them to promote learning and always try to avoid triggers which would possibly cause pre-crisis or crisis moments. I have learnt to be very attentive to body language and breathing pace, as they often offer hints about the emotional state of the individual and, allow me to use de-escalating techniques within pre-crisis to try to avoid a crisis.

In addition, I have also used the child or young adult's favourite activities to promote social interaction, I have been using breathing exercises to either promote energy in moments of passivity, lethargy or, to promote self-regulation, reduction of anxiety and anger levels, as well as, have been using progressive muscle relaxation techniques such as triangular, square breathing, both sitting or laying down and have been using yoga for the special child breathing exercises, pranayama.

Furthermore, I have been applying Proprioceptive activities such as tug of war, wall push ups, log roll and yoga for the special child poses to promote self regulation and reduction of anxiety and stress levels - I have also done various physical activities such as running, football, tennis, basketball, cricket, swimming, to allow space for the release of hyperactivity, promote healthy physical activity , social interaction and bonding. I have also included music and musical instruments, when there are no sound sensitivity issues, share play to promote social interaction and building up relationships.

I have always been very cautious in not becoming myself a catalyst, a trigger of challenging behaviour on the individual, to ensure that my tone of voice, body language, respect of private space support the individual’s self-regulation in moments of pre-crisis and crisis, instead of instigating and inciting even more challenging behaviour through my own behaviour.

During my job as a game tester at SEGA Europe London I have contributed to the development of several video games titles and have become and avid gaming fan, a skill that I have been using to connect with children. In some cases the child's interest in gaming was so great that I have created a vision of possible future employability in the gaming industry, and use it has a motivation factor by making connections with academic achievement, boosting in this way the child's interest in academic life. My favourites games are FIFA, PES, NBA, Rocket League, Stellaris and Forza Horizon.

My Teaching Philosophy

I am a passionate about teaching and I truly believe that all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and, in the case of SEN children and young adults, such opportunity can only be fairly and effectively delivered, when the education system and educators design an individual education plan ( in some cases and individual education and behaviour plan) to address each child or young adults challenges, to stimulate cognitive development (neuroplasticity) and promote academic achievement, hand in hand with socio-emotional and physical development. Therefore, I am convinced that it is paramount for the success of any given SEN intervention that, an holistic vision should inspire the design of a creative Individual Education (Behaviour) Plan tailored to each individual. The educator should try to tap into the child or young adults emotional, cognitive and sensorial experience of the work, support the individual to decode, understand and negotiate relationships with others and with social structures, simultaneously that promotes learning, cognitive development and support for the individual to life and experience life as fully as possible.

Something Sensational About Me

My glass is always half full, no matter how hard the challenge, how difficult the score, I am the master of my faith and I will sail every tempest, every challenge with a contagious smile on my face and a positive can do attitude that will inspire others.

I am fun, energetic, kind and I am passionate about everything I do, including my work. I love people and different cultures, sports and body work. Football, handball, swimming, animals, cycling, tennis, tai chi, kung fu, yoga, mediation, music, films, beach and video games are my main passions. I am also interested in sound and music therapy, love arts, love reading a good book, love to write, and adore children and the SEN world.

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Availability

  • Monday 10:00-14:30
  • Tuesday 03:30-20:00
  • Wednesday 06:30-20:00
  • Thursday 03:30-20:00
  • Friday 15:30-20:00
  • Saturday 08:00-20:00
  • Sunday 08:00-20:00

Qualifications and Training

- BA English Literature and Creative and Professional Writing Combined Honours Degree - MAPA trainer (managing actual and potential aggression) - Child protection - First aid - Yoga for the Special Child therapist - Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice... Read More
- BA English Literature and Creative and Professional Writing Combined Honours Degree - MAPA trainer (managing actual and potential aggression) - Child protection - First aid - Yoga for the Special Child therapist - Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice

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You seek a fun, dedicated, kind, creative, highly motivated, skilful motivator, attentive to detail and experienced tutor.... Read More
You seek a fun, dedicated, kind, creative, highly motivated, skilful motivator, attentive to detail and experienced tutor.

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I am available to discuss working opportunities across any London area

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