About Me

Over 20 years' SEN experience. Specialist in ASD, ADD/ADHD and SpLD including dyslexia. Maths and English tutor with extensive skills and experience also working with students with executive functions and organisational challenges.

£95.00 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

20 years' SEN experience. Specialist in ASD including high-functioning autism, ADD/ ADHD and SpLD including dyslexia. I have extensive experience in building confidence and ability in reading, writing, and grammar and punctuation, as well as building confidence and ability in basic numeracy up to Maths exam attainment. Along with the academic, I also have more than ten years of experience in helping young people with ADD/ ADHD and ASD to develop their social, organisational and listening skills. I have found that the highest level of success is achieved by drawing on the interests of the... Read More
20 years' SEN experience. Specialist in ASD including high-functioning autism, ADD/ ADHD and SpLD including dyslexia. I have extensive experience in building confidence and ability in reading, writing, and grammar and punctuation, as well as building confidence and ability in basic numeracy up to Maths exam attainment. Along with the academic, I also have more than ten years of experience in helping young people with ADD/ ADHD and ASD to develop their social, organisational and listening skills. I have found that the highest level of success is achieved by drawing on the interests of the individual young person and incorporating these into their development of the skill being focussed upon.

I have taught both classes and individuals with SEN across KS1 to KS4. Other SEN I have experience in supporting are APD, VPD, SPD ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDA, BESD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Global Delay, ASD (including ASD with non-verbal and selective mutism). I have a proven record of helping young people to improve and develop their communication and language skills.  For those with speech and language delay this is often the focus of support and progress is most successfully made by employing a range of fun and engaging games and activities to encourage positive development in these areas.  Social skills is another developmental area that I am often asked to assist with.  Through positive reinforcement, fun activities,  role play and the use of social stories, I have successfully helped many young people to better understand and improve their social skills.  I am also an accredited associate of the Dyslexia Guild.

I am a naturally fun and warm person. I retain a positive attitude in all situations and believe a smile and encouraging words can make a world of difference to a young person's confidence. I have two grown up children. My son is 21 and has Asperger's Syndrome and ADD. My daughter is 18 and has Dyslexia, ADHD, APD and VPD. In my SEN role I support young people in overcoming their barriers to learning, helping them to achieve their full potential. For some children this has been subject specific, and I have spent a large percentage of my time improving young peoples' confidence and ability in reading, writing and numeracy. In my current school the ages range from 2 to 16 and so I have a wealth of experience adapting to supporting the very young with basic numeracy, literacy and general engagement, all the way through to supporting subject specific goals for GCSE students. Where necessary I begin by helping children to consolidate the basics in numeracy and literacy including phonics and number bonds.  For those with SPD I aim to create a learning environment that makes them feel as comfortable as possible by removing triggers and increasing calming tools such as fidget or pressure toys.  My lessons aim to be fun, creative and tailored to the individual student's personality and learning style.  Building a fun and friendly rapport helps create a safe and encouraging learning environment for all students, but is particularly important to those who have a dislike of learning or low self-esteem.

I am also a qualified EAL teacher and over the last ten years have spent considerable time teaching English as a Foreign Language. This has also been to a variety of ages and levels from beginner to IELTS exam lessons for University entrance.

My passion for SEN is very much because of the experiences I have had with bringing my own children up with SEN. As my passion and knowledge grew, I stretched myself further by initially completing a Master's in Autism and Asperger's, and now I am halfway through my Doctorate in Education, for which I am also focussing on SEN.

Whilst my PGCE is in Secondary teaching, I have 12 years of experience working with younger children with SEN on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis also. The school I have been teaching in for the last six years involves me working with SEN children from Year R to Year 11, and so I continue to work heavily with younger, as well as older children. With both younger children and those with SPD I have found that incorporating music, rhythm and rhyme into my lessons has made lessons more engaging and increases progress.

Many SEN such as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, ASD and Global Delay, mean that organisation and planning is a big difficulty and cause of anxiety.  I have successfully helped several 13 to 21 year olds who have struggled with organising their workload, giving in homework on time and keeping on top of their work load to feel more in control of their set work and assignments.  Teaching independence in this area is as important as assisting students to organise their own work when anxiety levels rise too high for them to do it themselves.  Just  the knowledge that I am there to support and help them is often enough to reduce their anxiety and less anxiety always produces greater student progress.  The majority of students I have supported with organisation and planning have been GCSE, A level and Degree students, when the need for good organisation and discipline becomes even greater.

Above all I believe building a rapport with each student is key for a successful learning. Therefore, I take time to get to know each child and try to incorporate their topics of interest into lessons where possible.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe it is crucial to be flexible in my teaching approach. Recognising each young person's individual strengths and difficulties allows me to develop a method to teaching them which is tailored specifically to their needs and motivations. Furthermore, I have built up a wealth of creative and sensory learning activities that I use to engage and encourage learning in those young people who access learning most effectively in this way. My use of music, art work, video clips, comics and games all help to create a fun and engaging lesson for the learner, increasing student motivation and therefore their progress.  I have found such methods particularly successful for younger children, those with SPLD, global delay, processing disorders, speech delay and non-verbal autism. I believe that working cooperatively with schools, therapists and parents when getting to know each student is invaluable to informed lesson planning and success.

Something Sensational About Me

I have travelled all around the world, I have done a sky dive, flown a plane, and slid down the worlds highest glass bottom slide.

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Availability

  • Monday 9:00 - 20:00
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 20:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 20:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 20:00

Qualifications and Training

- 2 years' into a Doctorate in Education, focussing on SEN; - MA in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome; - PGCE in Secondary Religious Education; - B.Th. (hons) in Theology; - Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA); - level 2 and level 3 Counselling qualifications; - level 2 Children's Mental Health First Aid Certificate; - DBS checked; - participated in hundreds of hours of training on child protection, first aid, SEN and different teaching practices. These have been both in... Read More
- 2 years' into a Doctorate in Education, focussing on SEN; - MA in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome; - PGCE in Secondary Religious Education; - B.Th. (hons) in Theology; - Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA); - level 2 and level 3 Counselling qualifications; - level 2 Children's Mental Health First Aid Certificate; - DBS checked; - participated in hundreds of hours of training on child protection, first aid, SEN and different teaching practices. These have been both in schools I've worked in during inset, and on external courses run by NAS and other specialists.

Choose me if…

  • you would like someone to help your child who has passion for helping every tutee achieve their full potential. Someone who has an abundance of experience, both personally and professionally in understanding SEN, and in how to support each child in overcoming their individual barriers to learning. Someone who makes learning fun and who brings energy and enthusiasm to every lesson.

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