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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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