Specialist Assessment, Teaching and Learning aimed at children 4 years old to adult
Jill spent many years as a Class Teacher and Special Needs Teacher in primary and secondary education, working with pupils and students with Moderate to Severe learning difficulties.
She then trained as a Specialist Teacher in Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties including Autism and ADHD.
Jill has worked for an education authority for the past 10 years in this role as well as being a Senior Manager. She writes workshops and training which she delivers to teachers and SENCOs and is an advisor to SENCOs and class teachers working in schools.
She has developed various teaching programmes and courses, which have been well received in schools.
Jill now wants to be able to pass this knowledge on to parents, adults and children in order to help them reach their full potential and give them strategies to overcome their difficulties.
She does not provide traditional tutoring; rather she offers a Specialist Service where teaching and learning is delivered to an outstanding level. Jill will unpick the difficulty and put a programme in place that will be successful.
After a free initial half hour consultation, her range of services include:
Cognitive Assessment: this tests overall cognitive ability, tests include verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and language tests, auditory memory, auditory sequential memory, working memory, processing speed, visual sequential memory, visual memory and some additional tests that will be used as behaviours are observed. (One and a half hours to administer. Detailed report provided and consultation)
Literacy Cognitive Assessment: this tests overall ability and performance tests. These include all of the above tests and reading tests, reading accuracy, reading speed, reading processing speed, comprehension tests, spelling tests, writing tests, reading high frequency words, spelling high frequency words, phonics test for reading and spelling and additional tests that will be used as behaviours are observed. (Three hours to administer. Detailed report provided and one hour consultation)
Performance Assessment: no cognitive tests are administered. Performance tests include reading accuracy, reading speed, processing speed, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, high frequency word knowledge, phonic knowledge. Additional tests may be used as behaviours are observed. (One and a half hours to administer. Detailed report provided and a half hour consultation)
Dyslexia Screening Test: this gives an indicator of the likelihood of having dyslexia. It is not a diagnosis as only Educational Psychologists can diagnose dyslexia but is a very good indicator which parents can use to gain a full diagnosis. Alongside this screening test, reading, reading comprehension, writing and spelling tests will be administered as well as other tests that provide an indication of dyslexia, such as visual processing, auditory memory and phonological awareness. (One and a half hours to administer. Detailed report provided and an half hour consultation)
Memory tests: these are a good indicator of success in school. Memory underpins most of what we learn. Tests include auditory memory, working memory, visual memory, visual sequential memory and processing speed. Improve memory and literacy and numeracy attainment improves. (One and a half hours to administer. Detailed report provided)
Reading comprehension tests SATs: these give an indication of what the pupil is having difficulty with. One hour to administer along with further testing of reading accuracy. (One hour to administer. Detailed report provided)
Teaching sessions for aged 4 to adult: these can be provided with or without the above assessments. However, where the above tests have been administered, specialised teaching programmes can be designed and taught in half termly or termly blocks. These are then changed and amended as pupils’ progress. Programmes are designed, to specifically meet needs. Jill teaches using a multisensory approach. It is highly effective, and pupils learn through having fun. No worksheets or exercise books are used, only whiteboards and multisensory activities. For adults, the teaching style is a little different, but still a multisensory approach. Teaching is provided in a half hour or one hour session. Pupils will be provided with home packs with activities to do little and often.
Teacher training provided at a bespoke cost: teachers who would like strategies to help pupils who are having difficulties can have a private or group consultation.