About Me

I am a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual and have always loved working with children. In my 15+ years of teaching I have had the privilege of working with many children, each one unique, with a range of differing needs, varying in complexity. This includes children with focus and concentration difficulties, auditory processing disorder, SPD (sensory processing disorder), Autism, dyslexia, ADHD, PDA, anxiety disorders, speech and communication difficulties, Asperger’s syndrome, social and emotional issues, challenging behaviour, attachment disorder, early childhood trauma and global developmental delay.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

My 15+ years of teaching has equipped me with many experiences, skills, and strategies to be able to unlock students’ potential. I resigned from my post as a member of the senior leadership team and mainstream class teacher in 2009 as I had always had an interest in working in a specialist setting. It was always the hard to reach children that had interested me and with whom I wanted to make a connection. I made it my job to make the children smile each day and have fun!

My experience includes supporting children with a range of needs including focus and concentration difficulties, dyslex... Read More
My 15+ years of teaching has equipped me with many experiences, skills, and strategies to be able to unlock students’ potential. I resigned from my post as a member of the senior leadership team and mainstream class teacher in 2009 as I had always had an interest in working in a specialist setting. It was always the hard to reach children that had interested me and with whom I wanted to make a connection. I made it my job to make the children smile each day and have fun!

My experience includes supporting children with a range of needs including focus and concentration difficulties, dyslexia, autism, auditory processing disorder, SPD (sensory processing disorder), ADHD, PDA, anxiety disorders, speech and communication difficulties, Asperger’s syndrome, social and emotional issues, challenging behaviour, attachment disorder, early childhood trauma and global developmental delay.

I have extensive experience of working with children throughout the key stages. I always begin with the student's interests/ strengths and utilise games and strategies to improve focus and concentration. This includes breaking up tasks into smaller pieces and using visuals to support understanding and holding attention. I plan motivating tasks adapted to the child's learning style i.e. visual, auditory or kinaesthetic.

I place a high emphasis on parental involvement and have worked closely with families and outside agencies in order to provide the best care possible to meet the needs of the individual children.

I create fun and engaging Maths and English sessions: My natural creativity drives me to make my lessons fun, engaging and multi sensory e.g. I love to teach English/ Maths through sensory activities such as cooking. I include music, movement and ICT, where appropriate, to motivate and inspire children. The ability to adapt, be reflective and respond positively to challenges is at the heart of what I believe makes a good teacher.

Above all my sessions are fun for the learner; I support my students to foster a love for learning through engaging and stimulating lessons. Furthermore, I believe teaching should start with the child’s uniqueness and strengths, and build on these. In addition, I am a guitar teacher and I often use this skill in my sessions to teach music, arts and even maths! It helps to develop expression, creativity and pattern building.

PSHE and Citizenship are a particular interest of mine as it helps children and young people develop the knowledge and skills to be able to stay safe and make healthy decisions.

Developing empathy, resilience and confidence are vital in order to face challenges and responsibilities. This is particularly prevalent for students with autism as these skills may need to be taught explicitly.

My specialist experience working with students with sensory needs: I am experienced in teaching children with sensory processing issues. I incorporate a 'sensory diet' into sessions to support their learning. This may include star jumps, push ups, weighted blanket, deep pressure etc. I use these strategies on a daily basis at home with my son who experiences these issues.

In my Reception class at school the children engage in a daily 'Sensory Circuit'. It is a short, sensory motor skills progamme which sets children up for the day with alertness levels so that they are in the 'ready to learn' zone.

This enables me to then teach the young children (aged 4 -5) literacy skills including phonics. Again I use a multi sensory approach for this e.g. forming letters in shaving foam, writing with carrots in brown sauce!

Experience boosting students' confidence and self-esteem: I understand how crucial it is to build the self esteem of children who have had moves in their early life and how with the right support, care and dedication they are able to reach their full potential. Securely attached children have a moderate level of self-esteem which enables them to navigate the pressures and social complexities of the school day but this can be particularly challenging for children with attachment issues.

I regularly deliver Attention Autism sessions for children and I am trained in the Picture Exchange System (PECS), Colourful semantics and Makaton, which is embedded throughout my teaching to support understanding. I have had great success in fostering communication using these methods.

Providing children with a toolkit to rely on can help alleviate some of this anxiety. I have found through my professional and personal experience that, although it comes from a different place, children with attachment issues and children with autism can often present similarly. Learning strategies typically used for people on the autistic spectrum can also work effectively for children with attachment disorder e.g. use of visual timetables, social stories, sensory diet, zones of regulation, ‘now and next’ boards, movement breaks etc.

Every child has the right to feel safe and secure in their learning environment and this is what I strive to achieve continually as without this learning cannot take place. Each student is, of course, unique and I take time to really get to know my students. I devise a programme and deliver sessions that will help build his or her confidence and love for learning through their strengths and interests.

Experience supporting children with reasoning skills: I have worked with older children to help develop study skills, problem solving strategies and the ability to think flexibly. I help support fluid reasoning through 'showing and telling'.

I provide a verbal explanation when presenting a new concept or activity. The visual and auditory methods provide a more dynamic learning experience helping the student to internalise the learning. I provide clear, sequential instructions with visuals to support. Fun games to help develop auditory memory, such as spotting patterns and relationships are included in sessions. I have found repetition and practice to be effective for improving this area.

My specialist experience working with students with attachment issues: I have a wealth of experience in working with children with attachment disorder and its associated issues, both personally and professionally. I have had intensive training in this area via Coram BAAF and I utilise the skills and expertise on a daily basis.

In addition to supporting my own children with attachment issues, I also tutored a boy on a 1:1 basis with attachment disorder diagnosis via an outreach service. I understand the importance of preparation, predictability, stability, boundaries and raising self esteem through a therapeutic approach for young people who have had a difficult start to life and experienced moves in their early years.

Collaborative working: Whilst going though the adoption process and later on when my son started school, it was necessary to work alongside social workers, speech and language therapists, play therapists, post adoption support team and closely with the SENDCO to ensure the best support for my son. As well as working in schools for the past 15+ years I have also had experience as an Outreach support worker for children who struggle to get into school. I believe in creating win-win situations both professionally and at home with my own children. I maintain a positive behaviour approach built on praise, raising self esteem, modelling and coaching.

My Teaching Philosophy

I consider myself to be a passionate, creative and reflective teacher who holds the best interests of the learner at heart.

Children need to be 'ready to learn' and I pride myself in creating a teaching environment whereby learners feel safe, valued and motivated to learn.

By starting with students' interests and incorporating these into my lessons I engage pupils from the offset.

I employ a multi sensory approach and place a high emphasis on using music, as well as ICT where appropriate to teach ideas and consolidate learning.

Something Sensational About Me

I released my debut single this year!

I am owned by four cats!

I am mum to my three, adopted boys, aged 7, 6 and 4, and I am an approved foster carer.

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    Availability

    • Monday 09:00 - 12:00
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
    • Saturday 11:30 - 14:30
    • Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

    Qualifications and Training

    • B Ed. Honours Degree in Primary Education (Upper Second Class Honours)
    • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
    • Incredible Years Parenting Progamme - Coram BAAF
    • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Adoption Training programme - Coram BAAF
    • SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support)
    • TEAM TEACH Entry level 2 day course
    • Proact-SCIPr One day course (Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and use Therapy)
    • Safeguarding training Level 1 Basic awareness Barbarani Educa
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    • B Ed. Honours Degree in Primary Education (Upper Second Class Honours)
    • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
    • Incredible Years Parenting Progamme - Coram BAAF
    • Stage 1 and Stage 2 Adoption Training programme - Coram BAAF
    • SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support)
    • TEAM TEACH Entry level 2 day course
    • Proact-SCIPr One day course (Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and use Therapy)
    • Safeguarding training Level 1 Basic awareness Barbarani Education services
    • An introduction to Sensory Processing and Arousal Modulation Challenges
    • Makaton 2 Day course
    • PECS Basic Training 2-Day workshop Pyramid Education
    • PIVATS (Performance Indicators for Valued Assessment and Targeted Learning)
    • ELKLAN (Speech, language and communication)
    • Colourful semantics
    • Stage 2 mentor for trainee teacher
    • Making Maths Make Sense
    • Developing urban leaders
    • The Voices Foundation
    • Online English Tutor for DaDa ABC
    • Introduction to counselling skills
    • Childcare Support Service worker for Haringey
    • Haringey Playscheme worker
    • MENCAP volunteer

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    • You want a tutor who is inspiring, creative and dependable;
    • You want a tutor who will start with your child's strengths and interests and incorporate these into fun and exciting lessons;
    • You want a tutor who creates a love for learning by delivering personalised sessions to engage and motivate the individual;
    • You want a tutor who will go the extra mile to make your child smile and engage (-:

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      Helen

      With a diagnosis of ASD (PDA profile) and ADHD my 8 year old son found mainstream school overwhelming and challenging, he came out of school with an absolute fear of learning and refusing to engage. Kirsten changed that completely. Working patiently, kindly and in line with his ability she manage to reignite his passion for learning. I would highly recommend her as a tutor, she takes time to understand and is flexible, adapting her approach accordingly. Using a range of techniques, including music and guitar playing, she built a trusting relationship very quickly, meaning that instead of refusing to engage, my son actually looked forward to his lessons - a fantastic result:-)

      James C

      Kirsten was nothing short of fantastic. She quickly built rapport with our child and leveraged a range of innovative techniques that took account of our child's learning preferences. She was open, communicative and has left a legacy or approaches and techniques we can use going forward. Thanks Kirsten!

      Tom

      I began working with Kirsten over 10 years ago forming part of a multi disciplinary team in a school for children with special educational needs. She is an outstanding teacher with vast experience! Kirsten has taught many children over the years with complex needs. She has an in depth understanding of the issues that children and their families face who struggle in the mainstream setting. In later years I watched Kirsten become mum to her three adopted boys who are thriving in her care! I highly recommend Kirsten as a tutor.

      Julie

      Kirsten is an extremely talented tutor. She has built strong rapport with both students and their families, taking time to get to know each pupil and tailoring her lessons to their individual strengths and special interests. Her experience includes working with children with emotional and behavioural issues. Her approach is holistic and therapeutic. Kirsten has an amazingly positive attitude to teaching and learning and focuses on what the student can do, not what they can’t. She is creative and fun with patience and warmth in abundance! I can’t recommend her enough!

      T Peace

      Kirsten provided tuition for my son at home for 9 months. She was creative, fun and unbelievably patient with him! He finds following an adult agenda very difficult and is a very reluctant ‘pupil’, but Kirsten inspired and motivated him in ways previously impossible! Sessions were fun, calm and totally tailored to his needs. He particularly loved her use of music and guitar to improvise for song writing. Kirsten is truly one of a kind. Calm, compassionate, fun, patient, knowledgable and experienced. I would highly recommend her for anyone requiring tuition.

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