I have been working with children for 29 years as a qualified nursery nurse (NNEB) and then as a qualified teacher (BEd). I have worked in private homes, nurseries and schools as a nanny, governess, nursery teacher, primary teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo).
After my brother was diagnosed with dyslexia and the family thought I was dyslexic I became interested in how to support learners with these difficulties. As a teacher I continued to be interested in dyslexia and associated learning problems and how I could support the individual within the classroom. I became a specialist teacher and assessor of Dyslexia in order to support individuals in their learning.
Growing up I found school hard with reading and spelling being particularly challenging. I did not have any support in school as my difficulties were not recognised but managed to overcome these problems by working out strategies to help myself.
Having been formally assessed later in life I fully realise how much I would have benefitted from the addition learning support I would have received at school. Consequently, as a dyslexic I can use my personal understanding of an individual’s feelings and anxieties during the whole learning experience to help them feel comfortable and relaxed and to fulfil their potential.