About Me

I am a specialist SEN qualified teacher with over 15 years experience gained in mainstream primary and special needs schools. My experience includes working with children with ASD, PDA, ADHD, communication and speech needs, Anxiety and Social Emotional & Mental Health. I have taught a range of ages from EYFS to KS2.

£100+ depending on location Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

I am an experienced, qualified SEN teacher with over 15 years experience gained in mainstream primary and special schools in Kent.

My specialist experience teaching children with autism: I am highly experienced teaching children with autism, in mainstream settings and, also in special schools. I understand the importance of building trusting relationships and the anxieties associated with this, in addition to making learning fun and relevant. Many of the children I teach struggle when they make mistakes, or are unable to manage change, often leading to a feeling of lack of control and incre... Read More
I am an experienced, qualified SEN teacher with over 15 years experience gained in mainstream primary and special schools in Kent.

My specialist experience teaching children with autism: I am highly experienced teaching children with autism, in mainstream settings and, also in special schools. I understand the importance of building trusting relationships and the anxieties associated with this, in addition to making learning fun and relevant. Many of the children I teach struggle when they make mistakes, or are unable to manage change, often leading to a feeling of lack of control and increased anxiety. I am experienced using a wide range of recognised ASD strategies, such as visuals, ‘now and next’ cards and ‘chunking’ work – I am also skilful at working ‘outside of the box’, as each child has their own individual needs. My approach is a patient, calm, nurturing one.

My specialist experience teaching children with ADHD: I have worked with and continue to work with children with ADHD daily. I use numerous recommended strategies, however, as with many learning barriers, it would be important for me to get to know your child and tailor the learning around them. Again, patience is important and the shared understanding that it can take time to learn a new skill, helping to remove the pressure your child may be feeling.  Many children I work with benefit from regularly re-visiting areas of learning, giving them a solid foundation for future learning and improved confidence that they ‘can do it’.

My skills and experience supporting students with PDA and self-regulation: I am a calm person, who understands that PDA and associated anxieties can significantly impact on levels of stress, often leading to avoidance of a task and a sudden change in mood and behaviour. The need to give them space and let them know what is going to be happening is paramount as this gives your child a chance to process the information and retain some control. I am well-versed in self-regulation strategies, having successfully taught self-regulation strategies to children 4 - 11 years old. I have working experience of Zones of Regulation and The Incredible 5-Point Scale. The strategies taught have helped children to recognise their emotions and manage their behaviour when upset, anxious or angry. Over time, this would help your child learn to take responsibility for their own actions and behaviours, while providing them with personalised strategies to manage situations that trigger unwanted behaviours. Ultimately this leads to improved confidence and self-esteem. It is also an important factor when developing emotional independence.

My specialist experience teaching English, phonics, reading, writing, and spelling: My teaching career started in a Reception class, so I have extensive knowledge of teaching phonics in a fun, engaging way in both mainstream and special schools. I have used various phonics programmes, such as Read, Write, Inc. and Jolly Phonics. I am also used to preparing children for the annual Year 1 phonics screening. I have taught English, reading, writing and spellings to children aged 4-11 and continue to do so daily. I am a patient individual who understands that children learn and develop at different speeds. My approach to each child I teach reflects this and I am always seeking the most effective way of supporting individual learners.

My specialist experience teaching Maths: I have taught Maths in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 within mainstream and special settings. A lack of initial understanding often leads to gaps in learning and subsequently a lack of confidence and anxiety. This is an area I can help with. By taking time to work with your child to identify their gaps, I can provide a bespoke approach, helping them engage with their learning. Many of my children I work with have become disengaged from their learning and benefit from a multi-sensory approach in Maths. By providing the right level of support to access learning, this subsequently leads to a boost in self-esteem.

My experience boosting confidence and self-esteem: I have worked with many children whose confidence and self-esteem have been negatively affected. This is such an important area and one that I feel passionate about! I have been fortunate to have helped  primary age children increase their belief in themselves and find activities that they are good at.  There is nothing better than seeing a child recognise success and the accompanying positive emotions this brings with it. My experience has been gained over several years while working as a SENCo, teacher and 1:1 tutor and has led to me being able to support children with a wide range of SEN needs and help reduce their barriers to learning – leading to an improvement in their overall perception of themselves.

My skills and experience using assessments to identify gaps in learning: Having worked in a range of learning environments and with different aged children, I am skilled at assessing children from early years upwards and determining the next steps to work towards. By identifying gaps in their learning, this helps to provide an appropriate pathway forward, at a pace appropriate to your child.

My specialist experience providing fun, bespoke sessions to help students to engage in learning: My extensive knowledge of teaching a range of ages in mainstream and special school has shown me that the most effective learning takes place when children are motivated to learn through fun and engaging lessons. By using the child's own interests and using play-based learning, the best outcomes are achieved. It will be important to establish a trusting relationship with your child before effective learning can take place.

My skills and experience supporting students to develop their independence: Whether a child is 4 or 14, the ability to encourage independent learning is always high on my agenda. By providing support and encouragement, it is important to teach social and academic independence to all children at a level and pace appropriate to their needs. This is usually a gradual process, that occurs when the child trusts the adult and knows that they are there to support them if the challenge seems too big. This is linked with confidence and self-esteem, both needed to encourage independent learning.

My specialist experience supporting students with speech and communication needs: I am fortunate to have taught within a specialist provision for children with speech, language, and communication difficulties. I worked closely with the speech and language therapists to provide a consistent approach for the children. Use of visuals and a multi-sensory approach was one of the keys to success. I gained additional experience in this area teaching and leading Early Years and KS1 within a special school for children with social and communication barriers to learning. Once again, I worked closely with SALT and other professionals to support the needs of the children. As a SENCo within a mainstream primary I was responsible for ensuring the children with speech and language needs received additional support. I am therefore familiar with programmes such as Speech Link, Language Link and Language for Learning.

My specialist experience teaching children with working memory challenges: Patience and understanding are important factors when teaching children with working memory issues. I have extensive experience of this challenge and how it can negatively impact on a child's self-esteem. Working memory often sits hand in hand with other SEN needs, such as auditory processing and again a caring, kind approach can help children feel good about their capabilities.

My specialist experience teaching children in Early Years (age four and five): My experience as a EYFS and KS1 lead within a special school for children with social and communication barriers meant planning fun, engaging, play-based lessons. Each child required bespoke planning to effectively meet their needs and there were many occasions when I had to think 'outside the box' to actively engage the children in their learning. I have also taught early years children in mainstream settings, again using a play-based approach, and focusing on the child's interests to engage them in their learning. Many of the skills required to help reception children learn, can be successfully transferred across the key stages.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that each child should be treated as an individual and that the best way to teach them is through a holistic, multi-sensory approach. A child has to feel safe, secure and valued before their barriers to learning can be removed and effective learning occurs.

Something Sensational About Me

Gaining a First Class Honours Degree while raising four boys and working full-time. Now that my own children have grown up, I am enjoying the delights of having a puppy around the home!

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    Availability

    • Monday 2pm - 6pm
    • Tuesday 2pm - 6pm

    Qualifications and Training

    • QTS
    • First Class Honours Degree in Education
    • TEACCH Autism
    • ADHD training
    • Makaton
    • PECS & Speech generating devices
    • Sensory Processing
    • Emotion Coaching & Attachment training
    • Working Memory training
    • Dyslexia
    • Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
    • Safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Paediatric First Aid
    • Mentoring, Coaching & Growth Mindset
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    • QTS
    • First Class Honours Degree in Education
    • TEACCH Autism
    • ADHD training
    • Makaton
    • PECS & Speech generating devices
    • Sensory Processing
    • Emotion Coaching & Attachment training
    • Working Memory training
    • Dyslexia
    • Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
    • Safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Paediatric First Aid
    • Mentoring, Coaching & Growth Mindset
           

    Choose me if…

    • you are looking for a holistic, multisensory approach to learning
    • you are looking for a bespoke teaching programme designed around your child's needs
    • you are looking for a patient, understanding, fun approach to learning
    • you are looking to build your child's confidence and independent learning skills
    • you are looking for your child to be engaged in their learning and make progress

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    Kent
    East Sussex

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