- Specialist SEN and General Experience: I have a wide range and extensive experience of working within primary schools and nurseries in London. I am a qualified primary school teacher, and therefore teach all subjects in the national curriculum including English (phonics, handwriting, writing, reading) and Maths. I currently work as an Early Years Therapist at a school in Highgate part-time, whilst tutoring. I am passionate about this work, as seeing children thrive is essential. I believe education should be inclusive, engaging and fulfilling. When children are enjoying their learning they are motivated to push themselves further. I have an MA in Play Therapy and I am registered with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), whilst also having a PGCE. I use play in a creative way to help children of all ages who require support with a range of educational, social and emotional needs.
- My skills and experience working with children with autism: I see working with children with autism as a privilege, they need individualized plans to meet their needs. They certainly respond well to consistency, patience and calmness around them.
- My skills and experience working with children with ADHD: I have worked with many children with ADHD and it essential about finding what they need to be regulated. Once these needs are met they are much more likely to be able to focus and engage with those around them.
- My skills and experience working with children with speech and language delay : My specialist experience teaching students with language delay; I have a PgDip in Communication skills and have worked with a variety of settings consulting staff and working directly with children to expand their speech, language and communication. I use a play based approach so they learn to use language in an everyday context, rather than learning by rote. This method helps children to embed language skills into their everyday language use.
- My skills and experience teaching life skills and independence: As a qualified play therapist and primary school teacher, I believe to improve a child's self-esteem, is by helping them feel confident to share their needs, wants, wishes and test out ideas. By empowering a child to express their thoughts, it helps to improve their confidence as they feel heard and understood, making them feel they have some control over their environment. Thus, leading to a greater confidence and independence to try new things out academically, socially and emotionally.
- My skills and experience teaching safety awareness: Children need predictably and routine in-order for them to start to be able to learn safety awareness. They need lots of preparation if they are going somewhere new and find it helpful to have visual and auditory reminders of what is happening next.
- My skills and experience teaching social skills including friendship management and conflict resolution skills: I believe in using a calm and gentle approach and model calm behaviour. I use a play based approach which children enjoy and are engaged in. This also impacts their ability to go on and use the skills they have learnt from me to apply them to their friendships.
- My skills and experience working with children with behavioural challenges: As a play therapist, this my area of specialty and my term-time roles in schools is mostly focused on this. Therefore, I am able to help watch out for signs when a child is becoming emotionally dysregulated and help them to show me what they might need. I am also able to give tips to parents for when I am not there.
- My skills and experience developing meaningful and trusting relationship with children with SEN: My creative and child-centred approach uses play, art, music and movement – helping children to enjoy their learning. I work with children in a gentle and child-led way, in which children can express their thoughts and feelings through play. I have a broad range of experience of working with children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural needs, I am passionate that all children should thrive and progress. I particularly like to work outside as I find children readily respond with the natural world and helps them to relax and process their emotions.
- My skills and experience helping children to engage in learning: Each child is unique and deserves to enjoy their learning. From experience children enjoy purposeful tasks based on their interests. If they are absorb in their play, this can be an opportunity to provide individualized specialist teaching based on their next steps, reinforcing what they know and helping them to progress in further learning. My clients are eager to join our sessions and it's something they look forward to.
- My specialist experience teaching early years (EYFS), English and Maths; I have taught in a variety of settings, therefore I have experience and understanding how to engage and progress children in their learning. I believe English and Maths should be taught using play and through purposeful tasks that children want to take part in as they are motivated my the task or activity, pushing themselves to progress.
- My experience teaching reading skills and phonics to young children; Reading and phonics can be something that children enjoy, by using games and fun based activities to encourage children to want to get involved. I believe in using movement, games, singing, drama, role-play and toys to engage children in learning to read, through fun, they learn and retain information.
Why Play Therapy for your child? One in three children and teenagers experience mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood and depression. The earlier your child can access effective help, the more quickly and easily difficulties can be resolved. Registered with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) specialising in Play Therapy and Filial Therapy, I offer comprehensive assessment and evidence-based therapy tailored to an individual’s needs. The main types of proven research based therapy I offer are Play Therapy and Filial Therapy:
- Play Therapy: A child friendly and child centred therapeutic approach based on play that is tailored to a child’s needs, which is why it is effective especially in boosting confidence and self-esteem.
Within the Play Therapy sessions children can use objects (e.g. small world toys, musical instruments etc.), materials (e.g. clay, sand, water etc.), and movement (e.g. role play) in a creative and playful way to aid processing emotions. When children are engaged in play this helps in supporting them to process their emotions with myself the Play Therapist along supporting them.
2. Filial Therapy: Is similar to Play Therapy in that the whole family are involved together and it is extremely effective in helping to provide positive change.
My services include:
• Home and school education input, including English (reading, writing, phonics) and Maths
• Classroom learning strategies
• Parent & family support
• Training and advice to school staff and parents
• Behavioural support
• Collaborating with other professionals such as occupational and speech and language therapists