COVID-19 Information

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all our families, our businesses, our communities & our way of life. During this time the team at The Ed Psych Practice want to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation.

The Ed Psych Practice will, as an alternative, be offering online consultations to all our clients, schools, teachers and SENCO from across our multi-disciplinary team including Educational Psychologists, Paediatricians, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychotherapists & Specialist Teachers.

We have an experienced professional team across The Ed Psych Practice that are here for you. As we go forward, we will keep you updated, and know that we always truly value your ideas & feedback.

Please do get in touch:

Phone: 07833447356

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We are an independent practice based in Central London, United Kingdom consisting of Educational Psychologist, Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists who work closely with Families, Nurseries, Primary and Secondary Schools, Colleges, Paediatricians and other professionals to support children and young people for whom there are concerns about learning, emotional well being, and developmental progress. . We also have other professionals such as a Specialist Teacher and an Applied Behaviour Analyst on our Team. The Ed Psych Practice was established in January 2010.

Our philosophy is to provide in-depth evidence based assessments to support children and young people with a range of developmental needs across educational and home settings so that they can achieve.


Educational Psychology
  1. Consultation, advice, and problem solving for children and young people with a range of developmental issues
  2. In-depth psychological assessment of learning needs
  3. Dyslexia Assessments
  4. Specific Learning Difficulty Assessment
  5. Disability Student Allowance (DSA) Assessments and Reports
  6. Exam access arrangement assessments
  7. Gifted and Talented, MENSA testing
  8. Managing children/young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Learning Difficulties.
  9. Behaviour management at home and school.
  10. Supporting and understanding emotional issues in children and young people.
  11. Parenting Education
  12. Assessments for emotional difficulties
  13. Counselling and Therapeutic support for children, young people, adults, and families.
  14. Social Skills Training for children and young people
  15. Managing anxiety in children and young people
  16. Setting up learning support systems in nurseries, schools, and colleges for students with special educational and additional needs.
  17. Bespoke training to school staff on topics such as autism, developing meta-cognitive skills and reading comprehension, developing language skills, working with children where English is a second language, supporting working memory.
  18. Supporting English and Additional Language (EAL) Learners
  19. Intelligence / Cognitive Assessments
Occupational Therapy
  1. Consultation, advice and support for children with motor and sensory processing difficulties.
  2. Handwriting Assessment
  3. Sensory Processing Assessment
  4. Gross and Fine Motor Skills Assessment
  5. Assessment and management of Dyspraxia
  6. Support and management of Hypermobility
  7. Individualised occupational therapy programmes for home and school
  8. Handwriting support at school and home
  9. Bespoke training to nurseries and schools on dyspraxia, handwriting development, and developing fine and gross motor skills.
Speech & Language Therapy
  1. Consultation, advice, and problem solving for parents, nurseries, schools, and colleges to enhance speech and language, and communication skills in children and young people.
  2. Individual Speech and Language assessments and therapy support at home and in educational settings.
  3. Speech and Language Therapy support for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, voice problems, receptive language difficulties, expressive language difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory processing difficulties, attention difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, speech sounds and phonology.
  4. Advice and consultation for educational staff and families to enhance learning in children and young people who have speech and communication disorders through curriculum and instructional support.
  5. Bespoke training programmes for education staff around speech and language topics.
Counselling & Therapy

Emotional well being and emotional literacy impact significantly on a student’s academic achievement and developmental progress. These are important factors that affect our ability to reach our maximum potential. Life events such as bereavement, serious illness or parental separation can affect one’s emotional well being resulting in difficulties such as: sleep disturbances, anxiety, eating disorders, anger issues, and low self esteem.

The Ed Psych Practice offers therapeutic and counselling services to help identify and address emotional difficulties. We offer a confidential place to talk about things that might be concerning the child, young person or family with an aim to move things forward. The therapists offer a range of approaches that include:

  • Short Term Solution Focused Therapy
  • Long Term Psychotherapeutic Intervention
  • Parental Support
  • Art Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Psycho Education
Specialist Teaching

Specific Learning Differences [SpLD] is an umbrella term that refers to a difference or difficulty with aspects of learning. A pupil may have one of these independently or they can co-exist as part of wider profile. SpLD exist on a continuum from mild to moderate through to severe. The blend of learning issues and their severity is unique for every individual, but they all are connected to the way the brain process and expresses information.

The Ed Psych Practice recognises and understands that each pupil is different, a multisensory programme is created based on the pupil's learning profile. Specialist Teachers offer a range of services including:

  • Consultation, advice and support for parents and children and young people with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)
  • Baseline assessments to assess learning needs, areas of strengths, gaps in learning and target setting.
  • Structured intervention programmes based on developing and improving literacy, numeracy, handwriting, touch typing, exam and study skills as well as supporting working memory and self-management skills.
  • A multisensory, learner-centred and cumulative approach taught in small groups and as individual sessions.
  • Tailored specialist sessions provided at home and in educational settings.
  • Supporting pupils with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia. This includes children and young people with anxiety, attention difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), speech and language issues, moderate learning difficulties (MLD) and pupils with working memory issues including visual and auditory processing difficulties.
  • Support is also provided to non-SpLD pupils who require an extra boost to catch up with the curriculum and for learners who speak English as a second language (EAL).
  • We offer assessments for Examination Access Arrangements [EAA] Form 8 a part of Joint Council Qualification [JCQ] requirement for pupils with learning difficulties.
  • Online digital advice and consultation for parents and educational staff to enhance learning in children and young people who have dyslexia and dyscalculia through curriculum and instructional support.

Information for Schools

Services for Schools

A range of services are available for independent and state schools including nurseries, primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools. In order to ensure that we are able to provide a service that is tailored to your requirements, we will be happy to meet you to discuss the needs of your educational establishment.

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Examples Of Work Carried Out

Our team of professionals are experienced and are able to deliver a high quality of services that are research and evidence based. This can range from individual work or group work with children and young people, family work, and school staff support through training. The support we offer is based on the needs of the school.

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International Services

The Ed Psych Practice provides an international service where a therapist or multi-disciplinary team will travel to your home or school in most places around the world. Our international service has proved to be a popular choice for parents living in countries where services for children with special needs may not be particularly well developed, or for expatriate families keen to maintain appropriate support for their child while abroad. Our therapists ensure that each child’s needs are managed in a holistic manner.

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Dr Anne Kurian [Paediatrician]

Dr Anne Kurian is a community paediatrician with over 25 years in the NHS. She has extensive experience in primary care involving identifying, assessing and managing children and young people [0-19 years] with additional needs and advising the local education authority through the statutory process. She’s contributed medical reports for Education Health and Care Plans [EHCP] to the local authority and has done considerable work in helping children with developmental and complex health needs.

Anne has carried out joint Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule [ADOS] assessments along with her Speech and Language Therapists colleagues. She has supervised medical oversight for children in special schools through regular visits. Her work in the NHS also involved seeing referrals and providing medical reports for social services and for schools for children with safeguarding concerns. She has worked and liaised with allied health professionals within a multidisciplinary setting involving the following professional groups: Local Child Adolescent Mental Health Services [CAMHS], Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Specialist Health Visitors.

Karen Andor [Educational Psychologist]

Karen trained as an Educational Psychologist and Psychotherapist at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In addition, she has an honours degree in Learning Support. Karen is registered as a Chartered and Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society. She is also registered as a Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Karen is a certified Theraplay Therapist. Theraplay is an effective therapy for attachment issues. She has completed her level 1 training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, which is a therapy used for attachment issues. Karen is a level 2 certified Sensorimotor practitioner. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is gentle treatment for developmental and complex trauma and PTSD. Karen is trained in Janina Fisher’s Trauma Informed Stabilisation Treatment model for trauma and dissociation and has adapted this for work with children. In addition, she is currently completing her SPIM30 training as a psychotrauma therapist specialising in complex trauma and dissociation in adults and children. Karen works with schools and with individual clients - adults, teenagers and children. She works with a range of issues including parenting, anxiety, depression, trauma and dissociation. She also provides specialist teaching for learning difficulties.

Alix Diemont [Educational Psychologist]

Alix is a Chartered and Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. She trained in South Africa and has experience of assessing and conducting psychotherapy for children, adolescents and parents. Alix has a particular interest in the emotional development of children and has a wealth of experience of working therapeutically with families who have experienced significant change, loss, bereavement or trauma. She also has specialist training and experience of working with teachers and school leadership teams to enhance school processes and practices to meet the needs of children with special educational needs. Alix offers full psycho-educational assessments, play therapy, psychotherapy and family therapy at the practice.

Dr Anna-Maria McGee (Educational Psychologist)

Anna-Maria is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council with many years of experience of conducting assessments of dyslexia for children, young people and adults. She worked as a Consultant for Dyslexia Action in both Scotland and London and ran her own Adult Assessment Service when she lived in Scotland. The research undertaken in her academic career focused on the impact of a range of disabling conditions such as cerebral palsy, conductive hearing loss, semantic processing difficulties and photoscopic sensitivity in addition to dyslexia. She also headed a project that identified the support needs of young people with a range of disabilities, including dyslexia, in the university sector. For the past seven years Anna-Maria was also the Head of Research at Sense, the organisation that supports children and adults who are affected by dual sensory impairment.

Bruce Picton (Educational Psychologist)

Bruce trained as an Educational Psychologist at University College London and took his first degree in Experimental Psychology at Sussex University. He is registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is registered as an Educational Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council. Bruce has worked in Local Authorities both as an Educational Psychologist and a teacher in specialist educational provision at primary and secondary level with moderate and severe learning difficulties as well as running units for children with speech and language and Autistic Spectrum Disorders in mainstream settings. He has been working in private practice for many years offering services to families, schools, colleges and universities. He practiced at Dyslexia Action and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Bruce specialises in working with children, young people, and young adults with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia and numeracy difficulties.

Tracy Wise [Educational Psychologist]

Tracy trained as an Educational Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic. She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and also a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Tracy has many years of experience as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authorities. She practices as an independent Educational Psychologist providing services to families and schools. Tracy has also done further training at the Tavistock Clinic around children and young people’s emotional and social well-being. Her interests are dyslexia/dyspraxia/dyscalculia/specific learning difficulties, understanding and promoting children and young people’s emotional well-being, ADHD, attachment, and supporting parents. Tracy is also a trained practitioner in Video Interaction to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline, (VIPP-SD). She works mainly with school aged students attending primary and secondary school and young adults.

Ceri Roberts [Educational Psychologist]

Ceri trained and worked as a teacher in the UK & internationally before moving to New Zealand where she completed her post graduate studies to qualify as an Educational Psychologist at Massey University. Ceri is a Chartered Psychologist & is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has been employed as a psychologist in international schools across Asia and has worked for many years in private practice and in the public sector. Ceri has a particular interest in social and emotional well being, 'third culture' and international perspectives in educational psychology. She also maintains an active interest in neuropsychology and its application in education after completing her first degree at neurobiology at Sussex University.

Allison Hamilton [Educational Psychologist]

Allison gained her masters in Educational Psychology from University College London. She worked for a local education authority in London for many years before moving with her family to Tokyo, where she worked independently, with clients from the international community. Allison has worked closely with a wide range of primary and secondary schools, at the level of the individual child/young person where she adopts a holistic and problem solving approach through consultation with parents and staff . She also has experience of training staff in schools. Allison has also worked extensively within multidisciplinary teams. She has developed her experience of and interest in working with families by completing the foundation course in systemic family therapy. Allison speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has assessed and supported many bilingual children. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Lucy Sanctuary [Speech and Language Therapist]

Lucy is a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practitioner specialising in working with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Condition. She has experience of working with children aged 2 to 18, with their families and carers, and with a wide range of associated professionals. Lucy has worked in Early Years settings, mainstream and special schools, and community clinics. She currently works part-time for the NHS (Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) and privately for the Portland Hospital and for Psicon carrying out Autism Assessments as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Lucy is a registered Elklan trainer. One of her main areas of interest is mental health and autism. Lucy has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and young people specialising in Autism from University College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Centre. Lucy uses Intensive Interaction, VERVE, PECS, Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner), Therapeutic Listening, SOS Feeding and Floor Time in her work. Lucy offers supervision to Speech and Language Therapists carrying out the ADOS 2 assessments. She also offers supervision to Speech and Language Therapists and Learning Support Assistants supporting children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Sophie Church [Speech and Language Therapist]

Sophie is a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist working with children and young people, their parents and carers, and associated professionals in healthcare and education. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). Sophie has worked with children with a range of speech, language and communication needs and associated developmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sophie has experience of working in community clinics, nurseries, primary schools, a language unit, special secondary schools and further education colleges. She has a special interest in children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Selective Mutism.

Linda Davies [Educational Psychologist]

Linda completed her master’s programme in Educational Psychology from UCL in 2003 and worked as an Educational Psychologist in Enfield until September 2019. She was a link Educational Psychologist for excluded pupils in a Pupil Referral Unit which also provided an outreach service to schools for supporting children with challenging behaviour. Linda was also the link EP for special schools for the deaf and has been joint chair of PsycHIC, a national special interest group for EPs working with the deaf and hearing impaired. Linda was a part of the joint EPS and a member of a Systemic Family Therapy Team in Enfield CAMHS for five years. She completed a course on Mindfulness-Based Approaches for working with Children and Young People at UCL in 2013 and a certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) on the Anna Freud/ UCL course in November 2015.

Linda has recently been involved in promoting the use of CBT to encourage self-esteem and emotional resilience in school children. She has followed her interest in mindfulness by frequent training of professionals, teaching staff and by running groups for mainstream and special needs CYP, within her work for the Advisory Service for Autism for Enfield. This year Linda will be participating in further training with Dr Susan Bogles who uses mindfulness with children with ADHD and autism. In recent years Linda has been a practice tutor for both first year students and a placement supervisor for 2nd and 3rd year trainee Educational Psychologists studying at UCL. Professional interests include interventions to address emotional and behavioural difficulties; therapeutic approaches involving mindfulness and CBT.

Ciara Storan [Occupational Therapist]

Ciara is a HPCP registered Occupational Therapist who qualified from Brunel University. She has many years of clinical experience working with children and young people in both healthcare and education settings. Ciara has completed postgraduate training in Sensory Integration and Bobath along with other courses such as Therapeutic Listening, Floortime, SOS Feeding and The Alert Program. She works with children and young people with a range of physical, sensory and learning needs in a variety of community settings such as pre-schools, mainstream schools, special schools, homes and clinic. Ciara aims to support individuals to participate in desired daily activities or “occupations” and to increase independence in daily living skills that are meaningful to the child and family using a client centred holistic approach. Ciara is a member of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists; The Children, Young People and Families Specialist Section of the College of Occupational Therapists and The Sensory Integration Network.

Dr Ben Ko [Consultant Paediatrician]

Dr Ben Ko is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician, with over 20 years’ experience as an NHS Consultant. After graduating from Edinburgh University with Distinction in Paediatrics, he continued his training in paediatrics in the UK, rotating through tertiary centres including Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. He was an Honorary Consultant to Great Ormond Street Hospital, prior to his current NHS appointment.

He has an extensive clinical portfolio in the field of neurodisability and child development, covering physical disabilities, learning difficulties, autism and the full range of developmental disorders. His approach is parent and child centred, so that parents and young people are able to make decisions and choices with the best possible opinion and options. He provides robust, evidence based developmental diagnosis, which many parents find invaluable in helping to choose intervention for their children.

Ben has gained national recognition for his contribution to paediatrics. He holds a Department of Health national level Clinical Excellence Award, which is bestowed to only the top 10% of UK Consultants. He has held numerous offices at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and is currently an Advisor to the Neurodisability Training Committee.

Tomi Agboola-Odeleye [Speech Therapist]

Tomi qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University College London. She is a registered Speech Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Tomi's experience as a Speech Therapist has included paediatric work with pre schoolers, primary, and secondary school students within special and mainstream schools. In addition, she has worked within the NHS with adults who have learning difficulties and swallowing disorders. Tomi has a special interest in children with hearing impairments and has completed her BSL level 2 with the intention of continuing her studies and work within this field. .

Michelle Hampson [Educational Psychologist]

Michelle trained as an Educational Psychologist at University College London. She did her first degree at Cambridge University and trained as a teacher at the University of Oxford. Michelle has also done further training at the Tavistock Clinic around children's emotional and social well being. She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and also a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Michelle has many years of experience as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authorities. She currently practices as an independent Educational Psychologist providing services to families and schools. Michelle's interests are dyslexia/specific learning difficulties, supporting students in Further and Higher Education, and promoting children and young people's emotional well being.

Mira Schauble [Therapist]

Mira has bachelors honours qualification in Developmental Neurophysiology and Genomics and a Masters qualification in Clinical Social Work from The University of Queensland, Australia. She has also completed a Masters in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy at Roehampton University, London. Mira has had many years of therapeutic clinical experience working with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress and trauma related disorders, to stress management, goal setting, and life coaching. Her practice is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapies, Social Constructionist Family and Relationship Therapy, and the Creative Arts Therapies, in particular Dance and Movement Therapy and Rhythm Therapy. Mira is an accredited Clinical Mental Health Practitioner with the Australian Association of Social Workers. She is also a member of the International Federation of Social Workers, the Australian Dance and Movement Therapy Association and an Associate Member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK. Mira is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Heather Beirne [Occupational Therapist]

Heather is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who trained at the University of Ulster and has experience of working in a range of different settings including clinics, special and mainstream schools in Singapore and the UK. She has training in the use of Zones of Regulation, Yoga Therapy, and the Handwriting Without Tears programme. Heather has trained with the world renowned Dr Julia Harper in Sensory Integration Therapy. She personalises therapy to each individual child/young person to help them perform at their optimum functioning level. As part of her therapy Heather feels it is important that the child/ young person enjoys the sessions and that every progress is celebrated to encourage confidence and independence. Heather is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK and the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) in Singapore.

Esther Hiley [Speech and Language Therapist]

Esther trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University of Manchester. She is a registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Esther has years of experience working with children and young people with speech, language, communication and learning difficulties in mainstream and special educational settings. She specialises in working with preschool children and children with social communication difficulties (including (ASD). As well as working independently, Esther currently works part time as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for children with ASD and ADHD for a local authority in London. She is trained to assess children’s social communication needs as part of a multiagency diagnostic team.

Dr Sarah Panjwani [Consultant Paediatrician]

Dr Sarah Panjwani is a Developmental and General Paediatrician, with over 14 years’ experience in Paediatrics. As a paediatric consultant at one of London’s leading multi-disciplinary children’s centres, she has a particular focus on:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments
  • Developmental delay (including speech and language delay and behavioural concerns)
  • ADHD assessments
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating, toileting and constipation issues
  • Complex disability

Sarah graduated from London’s King’s College School of Medicine and has a Masters (with distinction) in Child Health from the University of Warwick. Her paediatrics training has spanned some of the country’s best-known hospitals for newborn and children’s medicine, including Manchester Children’s Hospital, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s and also teaches junior doctors and other health professionals. Sarah works with parents as the child’s advocate, to help these children and young people reach their full potential.

Sarah has researched stem cell treatments for neurological disease at Harvard University’s Boston Children’s Hospital, and was the Young Investigator of the Year for her research on medication use in paediatric Crohn’s and Colitis. Her work in child health has been published and presented at national and international conferences. Sarah has received a Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of her contribution to the work and life of her NHS Trust. She has also set up a successful service for children with sleep disorders.

Monal Gajjar [Speech and Language Therapist]

Monal qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Monal has worked primarily as a paediatric therapist. Her experience includes working with pre-school and school-aged children with a range of difficulties, in mainstream and specialist settings. She has extensive experience of working in a Language Unit for primary aged children. Monal has specialised in Bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment. She has a keen interest in working with students with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Dr Becky Bayele [Consultant Paediatrician]

Dr Becky Bayele is a consultant Community Paediatrician at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; she works across three sites where she is the Lead for Complex Neurodisability and Chronic Childhood Epilepsy and named Consultant for the special school for children with severe physical and mental disability. Dr Bayele had held previous Consultant appointments at Barts Health NHS Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she held a variety of senior including Lead for Tower Hamlet Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Service (ASDAS), Lead for Lambeth Autism & Neuro-Disability Diagnostic Service (LANDS) and Lead for Autism and Neurodisability British Forces Germany Health Service (BFGHS). Additionally, Dr Bayele also set up joint Autism-CAMHS tertiary diagnostic assessment services in Tower Hamlet and BFGHS which provided a second opinion on complex cases. Dr Bayele’s extensive and broad experience of general paediatrics, community paediatrics, neuro-disability and epilepsy enables her to provide the highest standards of care to patients and their families, relatives, and carers.

Kathy Alison [Office Manager]

Kathy is a fully qualified nurse who has experience of working in private practice with doctors and other professionals. She manages client enquiries and appointments and makes sure that things run smoothly at the practice. Kathy has a knack of ensuring that all our clients feel comfortable while at the practice.

Aurelie Chesny [Therapist]

Aurelie is a British Psychoanalytic Council (BCP) accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist for children, adolescents, young people and families. She is also a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP). Aurélie has a clinical Masters in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Clinic in London. As well as private practice, Aurélie works as a child and family therapist in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She has worked across a variety of clinical settings and schools offering both short and long term therapy. Aurélie has extensive experience working individually with children and adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is fluent in French. Aurélie offers assessment and treatment for a wide range of difficulties including relationship problems, divorce and separation, parenting issues, challenging behaviour, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, post traumatic stress and trauma related disorders.

Dr Anna Calver [Educational Psychologist]

Anna is an experienced psychologist having worked as a senior educational psychologist for many years within a Local Education Authority and as a consultant psychologist for Dyslexia Action. Anna enjoys working with both children and adults and is passionate about helping individuals identify their strengths to enable them to reach their potential and experience success. Anna has specialist qualifications in dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder. She has supported school staff in developing dyslexia friendly approaches to teaching and has tutored adults studying for certificates and diplomas in specific learning difficulties/dyslexia. Anna has been part of an autism diagnostic service, provided psychological advice to mainstream and specialist provisions and an early intervention home based programme for young children with autism. Anna is interested in the role of creativity as a protective factor in supporting wellbeing and mental health in young people. She has presented at conferences, delivered training courses to teachers and parents and contributed to the publication: Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health, A Practical Guide, 2nd Ed. 2011, Quentin Spender, Radcliffe Publishing. Anna is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Eleonora Di Rocco [Occupational Therapist]

Eleonora qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Italy. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). Eleonora is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with experience of working with children and young people with a range of needs in school and clinical settings and in their home environment. As well as private practice, Eleonora works in a NHS Children Occupational Therapy Service. She uses a holistic and functional approach based on the needs of the child, in order to reduce the difficulties they experience and to maximise their independence and participate in daily living activities. Eleonora has a special interest in working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Nashrin Rahman [Specialist Teacher]

Nashrin has a first degree in Psychology and Criminology. She is an experienced and qualified Specialist Teacher (Level 5) with experience of using a multisensory, structured and cumulative approach to teach children and young people. Nashrin specialises in working with students who have Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and other learning differences. She also has experience teaching students where English is an additional language. Her teaching methods are learner centred tailoring each pupils learning needs, ability and style to improve their literacy, numeracy, handwriting, touch typing and self-management skills. She also supports her students to develop their self esteem and confidence. Nashrin is passionate about encouraging students to embrace their learning differences, identify their strengths and see their own potential through an integrated and holistic approach to education and wellbeing.

Jennifer Warwick [Speech and Language Therapist]

Jennifer trained as a speech and language therapist in 2003. She has wide ranging experiences working across the NHS, Charities and in Independent Practice.

She has specialised in working with children with complex communication needs in particularly assessment, diagnosis and intervention for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jennifer is author of 'supporting SLCN in children with ASD' and also joint author of the early sociocognitive battery (ESB).

She works collaboratively with families and educators to support children and young people develop their communication and interaction skills.

Associate Opportunities

We are looking for experienced professionals who are available to work on an associate basis at The Ed Psych Practice.


What should I do if I am concerned about my child's progress at school?

If your child is of nursery or school age then the first thing to do is to make an appointment to talk to their key worker or class teacher and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at their nursery or school about your concerns. Some SENCo’s may carry out some initial observations or assessments of your child. Depending on the outcome of these assessments they may suggest some support strategies for your child in school and may also have some ideas about how you can help your child at home. They may also suggest a referral to a professional such as a Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Educational Psychologist.

Depending on whether your child attends a state or independent school they may be able to access Local Authority/ Children’s Services such as Educational Psychology Service and NHS services such as Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy for support and advice. It is advisable to check with school staff whether these services are available and what the referral criteria are. These services are free but your child would need to meet the criteria for referral and you could be put on a waiting list.

You can also call The Ed Psych Practice to discuss with us your concerns and ask any questions you may have about the services we offer and the costs involved. When you decide to go ahead and book an appointment, we will link you to a relevant professional on our team who can best address your child’s presenting concerns.

What will a full assessment by an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Counselling Therapist and Speech Therapist include?

A full assessment of your child will depend on the presenting concerns. If an Educational Psychologist is carrying out a learning assessment, it will include a detailed examination of their cognitive abilities, academic attainments in literacy and numeracy, and diagnostic tests where appropriate.

If your child is being seen by an Occupational Therapist, relevant assessments are carried out to assess their fine and gross motor skills and sensory profile.

For therapeutic support, an initial meeting with the parents and child or young person is carried out to explore presenting issues and to agree the goals for the intervention.

If a Speech and Language Therapist is seeing your child, relevant tests are carried out examining a child’s expressive and receptive language skills

Information is also gathered from parents and schools using pre assessment questionnaires. Other professional reports are also taken into consideration. Sometimes observations are carried out at the child’s learning environment as a starting point to the assessment depending on the presenting concerns.

Do I need to let the school know that my child is going to see an independent professional?

It is very difficult to get an all round picture of how your child is developing socially, emotionally, and cognitively without information from people who work with your child in their learning environment. So yes, it is important that your child’s learning environment knows about your concerns and that you are consulting an independent professional for advice. However it is quite normal for parents and the school to have a slightly different view about how a child is progressing or coping in their learning environment. For various reasons you may not want to inform the school that this independent assessment is taking place. We will respect your views and it is your choice whether to inform the school or not but we hope you understand that part of our role is to ensure that your child’s well being and development is supported in their learning environment.

Why would my child need an assessment by an Educational Psychologist (EP)?

Children develop at different rates. Some children may find some things particularly hard such as:

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Gross and Fine Motor Co-ordination
  • Speech and language
  • Social Communication
  • Making friends
  • Attention and listening
  • Home work and school work

For various reasons they are not reaching their full potential or struggling to keep up with their peers. If this is the case an EP Assessment might be useful to identify areas of strength and weaknesses to support your child’s development.

Why would my child need an assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist?

Children all learn to talk at different rates and some children develop more quickly than others. We do know however that there are 'typical' ages by which we expect children to have developed certain skills, and most children do. However there are some children that do struggle with learning to talk and understand and they will need extra help to support development. If you are concerned about the way your child is talking or understanding, ask for a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) assessment. This assessment will tell you exactly how your child is getting on and if there is a reason to be concerned.

My child is due to be seen for a speech and language therapy assessment. What will the assessment involve?

An assessment session will typically last between 30 minutes and an hour. A Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) will usually start by talking to you about your child's early history and development and gathering some information about your concerns. The assessment they do will look at how well your child's speech and language skills are developing compared to what we would expect for a child of their age.

Depending on the age of your child and the type of difficulty that they have they will do a number of different tasks and activities. For some children, particularly younger ones, the assessment may be done through the SLT or parent playing alongside your child, or watching them play. This is known as 'informal' assessment. They will be looking at the way your child understands language, how well they are talking and which sounds they are able to use in their speech.

Sometimes an SLT will carry out a 'formal' assessment. This means they work with your child using a number of published assessments, many of which are standardised. Standardised tests mean that they are able to give your child a score comparing them to other children of the same age. Doing this lets them see if a child is developing, as they should be, or if their speech and language is delayed.

The SLT will then tell you how they think your child is doing, and whether they feel your child needs to get some extra help with their speech and language development. They will usually write a report about the assessment.

What is a multi disciplinary assessment?

A multi-disciplinary assessment means that more than one professional will assess a child or young person, and they will talk to the other people involved to help them work out where the main difficulties are.

A multi disciplinary assessment may involve an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or other professional, depending on the needs of the child. We work closely with some paediatricians and psychiatrists who might be part of this assessment depending on the presenting concerns of the child or young person.

How often should an EP assessment be carried out?

Depending on the age of your child and presenting concerns the EP will advice you on when your child should be reassessed. Some standardized assessments have a retest period of 18-24 months to reduce practice effects. Thus we carefully consider the presenting issues, developmental history and time of the previous EP assessment (if appropriate) to decide when or whether a reassessment is necessary.

What does an EP assessment involve?

Prior to the assessment we gather as much information as possible from different sources such as the school, parents and other professionals who might be involved with the child. Information gathering is through questionnaires, school reports, development history, and areas of strengths and weaknesses. On the day of the assessment, the EP will first meet parents to have a structured interview based on information shared. After that the EP will complete various assessments with the child or young person, which might include cognitive tests (IQ tests), attainment tests (literacy and numeracy), emotional tests and some diagnostic tests. The testing can vary from 1.5 – 2.5 hours depending on the age of the child and the speed they work at. After that the EP will give the parents feedback on ways forward.

Where will my child be assessed?

The assessment can take place at the practice, in the child’s learning environment, or at the family home. We decide the best environment for the assessment to be carried out taking into account the presenting concerns. Many children feel shy or nervous about meeting someone new and this is normal. You can help to prepare your child by treating the visit as a ‘normal everyday’ event. It’s best not to talk about testing, as this can be off-putting for a child; for some children when it is viewed as a ‘test’ they feel that something is ‘wrong’ with them. Most children will respond positively to the idea of doing some fun activities that will help us to find out what they do well.

What is the assessment procedure at the practice?

When the assessment takes place at the practice, following your arrival, the first few minutes will be spent allowing your child to relax and feel comfortable. We encourage parents to bring something along such as books to read or games to keep their child busy while the professional first explores presenting concerns with them. If your child needs to be closely supervised please bring a responsible adult along with you. After the initial discussion with parents, the professional will assess your child and after that, feedback is given on suggested ways forward. We do have a waiting area but if the assessment is long, there are a number of cafes and shops within walking distance.

If your child is coming for therapeutic support, often the child is dropped off at the practice and the professional will agree on a time when the parents can return for the child to be picked up.

Will I get a report?

A full report is sent to you within three weeks of the assessment. The report will include information about tests that were used, results, conclusions, and recommendations for supporting your child. The aim of the report is to give you, the parents, and any other adults working with your child, information and advice that will enhance the understanding of your child’s strengths and needs in order to support their ongoing development.

Preparing a Child for an Assessment

Having an assessment with an EP/SLT/OT should be a pleasant event in a child’s life. Here are some tips to help ensure a good assessment experience:

  • Find out as much as you can about the assessment procedure in advance. The more informed you are the more relaxed you will be and this will be beneficial to the child.
  • Be as honest and frank as you can. For example tell the child why you are visiting an EP because they have some difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, maths, etc. "You find reading a bit hard and the person we are going to see is going to play some games with you to look at how you think and problem solve and to find out how we can help you at school and home to improve in reading”.
  • Explain what the EP/SLT/OT will do, i.e. they will talk to the child about school, ask questions, do certain tasks like jigsaws, finding missing parts, do some reading and spelling.
  • Be clear that this is not an exam and the child cannot fail. For example the EP will be interested in finding out how the child thinks and learns. The SLT will be interested in their play skills or how they understand visually presented information.
  • Tell your child where you are going, at what time and how long it will take.
  • Try to ensure that the child is well rested.
  • Bring a nutritious snack if necessary. We do have snacks in our office
  • If a child is reluctant to come it is okay to build in a little treat afterwards.
How are SLT and OT assessments carried out?

There are many different ways to carry out an assessment of a child’s speech, language and communication needs and occupational therapy needs. Part of the assessment process will involve gathering information from parents, carers and teachers. Depending on presenting concerns observations and informal play based activities may be part of the assessment process, which may be carried out, in the home or educational setting. Formal assessments using standardised tests are also used depending on the age of the child. We will always carry out assessments in a sensitive manner and do our best to ensure that the process is fun and engaging for the child.

Do I need a referral from my GP for an assessment with an EP/SLT or OT?

No, you can refer your child directly to The Ed Psych Practice

Where do the ongoing SLT and OT sessions take place?

Therapy sessions take place at our practice, in your home or at your child’s nursery or school depending on the age of the child and presenting concerns.

How many sessions will my child need and how long will they last?

The sessions will depend on your child's individual needs, response to therapy and your commitment. You may be offered a block of therapy sessions followed by a review of your child’s progress at which point next steps will be discussed. A standard therapy session lasts 45 - 60 minutes depending on the age of your child. Most of this time will be spent working directly with your child but may include time to discuss your child’s progress and new activities to work on. Sessions are charged on a pro rata basis.

What is Occupational Therapy in children and young people?

Occupational Therapy enables children and young people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (going to nursery or school, or volunteering), and leisure (playing with friends or doing hobbies). Children who have sensory needs and weak motor skills may find it difficult to engage in activities described above.

An Occupational Therapist will need to identify and understand a child or young person’s usual occupations to discover what difficulties they face. They will support the child or young person, their family and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate challenges and strengths in doing occupations.

The Occupational Therapist may suggest alternative ways of doing things, providing advice on learning new approaches and techniques, or making changes to the environment, for example, through using equipment or adaptations.

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british association of occupational therapist
the british psychological society
college of speech and language therapist
patoss dyslexia


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