About Me

30+ years highly-experienced specialist SEN teacher specialising in Communication and Language Needs, ASD (autism), MLD, Downs Syndrome. Has taught in UK, USA and Japan. Highly-qualified former postgrad research psychologist.

£110.00 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

I am a highly qualified and experienced specialist SEN teacher have been teaching and tutoring in the UK and USA since the 1980s. This has included mainstream primary and secondary school teaching, but the majority of my experience has been with SEN (special educational needs).

I spent several years teaching in mainstream and special schools and units in London and New York, and also taught English as a Foreign Language in Japan for two years. For 20 years I lead specialist advisory teams supporting mainstream schools to meet the needs of pupils with Speech, Language and Communication... Read More
I am a highly qualified and experienced specialist SEN teacher have been teaching and tutoring in the UK and USA since the 1980s. This has included mainstream primary and secondary school teaching, but the majority of my experience has been with SEN (special educational needs).

I spent several years teaching in mainstream and special schools and units in London and New York, and also taught English as a Foreign Language in Japan for two years. For 20 years I lead specialist advisory teams supporting mainstream schools to meet the needs of pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Moderate Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, and Downs Syndrome. This role involved thoroughly identifying the specific needs of individual pupils, and problem-solving in order to meet those needs. In my roles I have devised and provided bespoke learning programmes as well as approaches to modify and/or differentiate the curriculum. These have included a range of targeted visual and multi-sensory approaches to make learning meaningful for pupils with limited verbal skills and understanding, as well as to develop those verbal skills.

I have specific qualifications in teaching children with Dyslexia, obtained in the UK and the USA. Additionally, I have a research psychology background having worked and published with world-renowned autism specialist Prof Patricia Howlin, with academic papers in the British Journal of Disorders of Communication and the British Journal of Educational Studies.

Although I attend many courses and keep up to date with current thinking and approaches to teaching pupils with SEN, I always tailor my teaching to the individual child’s specific needs. If tried-and-tested methods are not leading to sufficient progress, I will devise and try new approaches until I find one that works.

I take a holistic approach to teaching, choosing activities that develop a whole range of skills and incorporate Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, social skills as well as academic targets so that learning is generalised and reinforced.

Since processing language is fundamental to learning, to understanding, generalising and remembering what is taught, my teaching addresses the combination of deficits that can present barriers to processing, such as attention and listening, short-term auditory memory, knowledge of vocabulary and syntax, as well as the social aspects of language such as understanding intent and context. Every activity I use, whether to reinforce the more formal school curriculum or a multisensory, fun game which doesn’t seem like “work” at all, is designed to target all of these aspects and bring them together to make language meaningful.

My objective is always to foster independence so that my pupils are confident to give everything a go, to try to work things out on their own, and then to learn from their mistakes. To give them the confidence to try, tasks are carefully scaffolded so that pupils can see how each piece of information or part of an activity builds on the next. Visual cues, whether they are visual timetables, mind-maps, sequenced pictures or just clear demonstration are employed, depending on the learning style and preferences of the individual child, alongside simple, clear, unambiguous verbal commentary. I also develop those skills that enable children to compensate for any difficulties they have, such as slow processing, which can hold back their progress.

Finding fun and creative ways to overcome barriers to children’s learning is what makes SEN teaching the most stimulating and rewarding job there can be.

My Teaching Philosophy

Although I attend many courses and keep up to date with current thinking and approaches to teaching pupils with SEN, I always tailor my teaching to the individual child’s specific needs. If tried-and-tested methods are not leading to sufficient progress, I will devise and try new approaches until I find one that works. I take a holistic approach to teaching, choosing activities that develop a whole range of skills and incorporate Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, social skills as well as academic targets so that learning is generalised and reinforced. Finding fun and creative ways to overcome barriers to children’s learning is what makes SEN teaching the most stimulating and rewarding job there can be.

Something Sensational About Me

I can speak Japanese

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Availability

  • Monday 09:00-19:00
  • Tuesday 09:00-19:00
  • Wednesday 09:00-14:00
  • Thursday 09:00-19:00
  • Friday 09:00-17:00
  • Saturday 09:00-17:00
  • Sunday 09:00-17:00

Qualifications and Training

- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- PGCE Special Needs
- Postgraduate Certificate in Literacy Difficulties (Dyslexia)

- 30+ years of CPD in various SEN, safeguarding, curriculum...(too many to remember, let alone list...)... Read More
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- PGCE Special Needs
- Postgraduate Certificate in Literacy Difficulties (Dyslexia)

- 30+ years of CPD in various SEN, safeguarding, curriculum...(too many to remember, let alone list...)

SPECIFIC AREAS COVERED

Kingston Richmond Merton Sutton Surrey Wandsworth Hammersmith and Fulham Westminster Southwark

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