About Me

I have 24 years teaching experience in both KS1 and KS2. I also work as a mentor/actor at Chickenshed. Specialist areas: ASD (autism including non-verbal), dyslexia, Behaviour and/or social and/or emotional challenges, ADHD, Downs syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global developmental delay, Memory and processing challenges, Phonics and reading, Speech and communication challenges.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

I have worked in education for over 24 years, working alongside children of all ages and abilities in mainstream schools. My passion for inclusion has led me to develop a particular interest in special educational needs and over the years I have taught different year groups, set up my own childminding business, worked as a mentor and actor at Chickenshed and worked as a specialist teacher in a Primary School. As a mother of two children with SEND, my commitment to inclusion is never ending. I have therefore developed a particular interest in working alongside children with SEND and emotional... Read More
I have worked in education for over 24 years, working alongside children of all ages and abilities in mainstream schools. My passion for inclusion has led me to develop a particular interest in special educational needs and over the years I have taught different year groups, set up my own childminding business, worked as a mentor and actor at Chickenshed and worked as a specialist teacher in a Primary School. As a mother of two children with SEND, my commitment to inclusion is never ending. I have therefore developed a particular interest in working alongside children with SEND and emotional difficulties.

I have led Speech Therapy programmes to facilitate communication and social skills with students with various SEND-particularly children with autism, Downs Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

I am highly experienced in supporting children with social-emotional and behavioural difficulties. I help children to develop friendships and overcome friendship difficulties by teaching them conflict resolution skills, e.g. speech therapy activities to practise skills using Social Stories and self-expression skills, e.g. Zones of regulation and teaching them how to understand feelings using resources such as Joel Shaul's 'Conversation Train', 'Green Zone', 'Our brains are like computers' and "Size of the Problem".

I am experienced in supporting children to develop a flexible mindset by introducing a CBT approach to understanding feelings and recognising poisonous thoughts, and how to change a pattern of thinking (Tony Attwood's: 'Exploring Feelings -CBT approach to Manage Anxiety). All my sessions are bespoke depending on the needs of the child and I am able to also support them to overcome problems and rationalise situations by using role playing games, scenarios using social stories, and comic strip conversations techniques.

I have taught specialist Reading and Writing programmes to assist children with specific learning difficulties as well as more profound learning difficulties.

My passion and my commitment to inclusion has taken me in many directions:

• KS1 and KS2 experienced teacher
• Inclusion specialist
• I am presently a Specialist Teacher and introduced many intervention programmes to help equip children with the tools to succeed in mainstream:
-Social Communication groups
-Specialist Literacy classes based on a hands-on approach
- Managing Emotions Programme (Zones of regulation)
- CBT for anxiety and anger based on Tony Attwood
-Forest School to develop independence and resilience
• Developed and implemented interventions (RWI/Speech and language groups/Emotional literacy based on CBT techniques/Forest School)
• Experienced at working as part of a Multi-agency team (Speech Therapists/Ed Psychologists)
• Led training in SEND (Autism, Setting up an inclusive classroom…) for parents and teachers
• Set and review targets for Support plans/Annual reviews
• I am a volunteer and actor at Chickenshed Theatre working closely alongside vulnerable young adults and children to ensure that they are included both socially and creatively
• I set up an inclusive Childminding business, which was in high demand with parents of children with SEND. I was awarded Outstanding Champion Childminder in Enfield.

My Teaching Philosophy

Having the confidence to try new things is the key to developing confidence and self-belief. Once a child truly believes that they can read they truly can! Progress only happens when children feel confident and have strong relationships with their teachers. My starting point is to always foster positive relationships and gain trust. I try to use precision teaching techniques so that learning is broken down into very small manageable chunks and learning becomes ‘error-less’. Errorless learning is key for children with Special needs to avoid confusion and build confidence.

Something Sensational About Me

I have had a passion for teaching and learning all of my life. My goal is to inspire others and to try make a difference in people’s lives, especially those who may not feel so included. From my work at Chickenshed to teaching, my boundless energy is most probably my trademark.

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Availability

  • Monday All day -
  • Tuesday 10.00 - 5.00
  • Saturday 11.00 - 2.00

Qualifications and Training

  • P.G.C.E. Institute of Education: July 1993
  • Forest School Practitioner, Archimedes Level 3 April 2019;
  • NVQC in Childcare: Borough of Enfield Level 3 (July 2005-2006)
  • BA (hons): Oxford Brookes University: French (2:1) – July 1991
  • Child Psychology Level 3 -ongoing 2019
  • Child Protection June 2019
  • Prevent 2019
  • Food and Hygiene October 2018
  • Speech and Language Development -September 2014... Read More
  • P.G.C.E. Institute of Education: July 1993
  • Forest School Practitioner, Archimedes Level 3 April 2019;
  • NVQC in Childcare: Borough of Enfield Level 3 (July 2005-2006)
  • BA (hons): Oxford Brookes University: French (2:1) – July 1991
  • Child Psychology Level 3 -ongoing 2019
  • Child Protection June 2019
  • Prevent 2019
  • Food and Hygiene October 2018
  • Speech and Language Development -September 2014 (Level 3 Award in Speech and language Support for under 5’s)
  • Makaton Course - October 2012
  • Specialist SEN Champion Childminder-DCATCH (Disabled children’s Access to Childcare) Sept 2010-2-13
  • Paediatric First Aid - May 2013

Choose me if…

  • You are looking for an enthusiastic and fun person who believes that learning is all about growth mindset.

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North London: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey

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Ann

Natalie is much more than tutor - she brought bundles of energy, kindness, empathy and knowledge to us above and beyond any "lessons". Natalie is very experienced in SEN and in our particular case Autism. Natalie helped me as much as she helped our 12 year old daughter Mary as she was always available to discuss any problems and offered thoughtful and helpful suggestions. Natalie understood exactly what we needed and focused on the most important things - so in our case it was dealing with Anxiety and Self-image as a key goal. I am very grateful to Natalie. She really is one of life's "wonderful people".

Liv Boyle

We are very thankful to Nathalie for the work, effort and passion she has put into working with our little boy Zac. Her range of knowledge and experience has not only helped him to progress but also us, as parents, to cater more knowledgeably to his needs. She had a wide skill set and worked with Zac not only in specific areas but also with a holistic approach. She is a kind and fantastic teacher, facilitator and therapist !

Maxine Fergus

Fabulous teacher... Very inspiring and very inclusive... If only all teachers were like Nathalie!

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