Mrs J B – Chartered Educational Psychologist
I undertake various cognitive and attainment assessments to clarify the level of any learning difficulties. These would include WISC IV, WAIS IV and BAS III. I am able to undertake assessment of a young person’s adaptive level of functioning (e.g. communication, daily living and socialisation skills) using the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales II. I also recognise the importance of the need for any assessment to be holistic ensuring detailed information gathering (for example, liaising with other relevant agencies and carrying out any necessary observations and consultations). The need to gather the young person’s views as appropriate, and the views of their family, is also central to any assessment.
I have broad experience within private practice working with children and young people through to adults and I have extensive experience of working with and assessing children and young people with:
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
• Severe and complex learning difficulties.
• General learning difficulties.
• Specific learning difficulties.
• Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
• Physical and medical difficulties (e.g. hearing and visual difficulties, Down’s Syndrome).
MSc Educational Psychology – University of Wales College Cardiff (2004)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education – University of Wales Institute Cardiff (1998)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1) – University of Wales College Cardiff (1996)
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Expert Witness Accreditation, Civil Law – Cardiff University and Bond Solon (2014)
Expert Witness Accreditation, Criminal Law – Cardiff University and Bond Solon (to be completed September 2014)
Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
Registered Educational Psychologist (Health and Care Professionals Council)
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
My areas of expertise include Dyslexia and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD).
I specialise in the assessment of children from age 2, adolescents and adults and am able to provide reports and evidence for:
• Disputes with Local Education Authorities.
• Statement of Special Educational Needs disputes.
• Educational tribunals.
• Assessment of a person’s functional ability in relation to PACE.
• Is the person vulnerable?
• Has he/ she understood the caution?
• Have appropriate safeguards been provided during the interview?
• Is the evidence he/ she provided potentially unreliable?
2004 – Present Educational Psychologist – XXXXX LEA
I have had a broad experience within the LEA of working with children and young people from age 2 to 25 years. I have experience of working in special schools and learning support classes.
Areas of work covered include:
• Interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution-focused Intervention.
2002-2003 Assistant Educational Psychologist (XXXXLEA)
2001-2002 Teacher (Caerau Infant School, Cardiff)
2000-2001 Teacher (Millbrook Primary School, Wantage)
1999-2000 Teacher (Furze Platt Infant School, Maidenhead)