Dr Irene Broadley-Westerduin
BSc, PGCE, Ad. Dip. Sp Ed., MEd, MSc, PhD
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Dr Broadley offers assessment, advice and consultation on a wide range of psychological, learning and educational issues, including; Chromosomal issues and a wide range of learning difficulties, special examination arrangements, advice on school placements, dyslexia & literacy difficulties.

Literacy difficulties

In-depth assessment examines literacy difficulties. Dyslexia occurs when there is a significant disparity between an individual’s overall underlying verbal/cognitive ability and literacy skills, despite considerable appropriate teaching for a suitably motivated student.

Dyspraxia/ fine motor skills or ‘Clumsy Child syndrome’

This is known as an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movements. Associated with this there may be a problem of language, perception, and thought processes. Poor handwriting, swapping over handedness, or struggling with pencil grip are common symptoms of Dyspraxia. Progression through the educational system as the requirement for written work increases can create difficulties without appropriate intervention.

Inconsistent approach to work and distracting behavior

Behavior reflects a learned pattern, and some children experience a greater need for attention and acknowledgement. Strategies to help develop more appropriate, effective patterns of social behavior for different academic and social situations are developed.
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Attention-seeking & Concentration difficulties

Attention-seeking is a common form of disruptive behavior, which can leave the teacher feeling irritated. The factors that influence attention-seeking behavior vary and appropriate strategies can help.

Speech and Language development issues

An assessment can help indicate whether there is an uneven profile in the development of language skills. Sentence comprehension, Semantic Pragmatic difficulties or naming skills can be affected by language delay or differences.

Social Skills & Communication

Some children may find it hard to understand group situations; and learning clear guidelines to respond will help a child to deal appropriately with relationships. Understanding of friendship skills and specific social skills guidelines helps understand how to establish and keep relationships.
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Emotional & Behavioural issues

An emotional literacy assessment examines the pupil’s self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. This can help ascertain specific recommendations.

Asperger’s syndrome & Autism

This involves an intense level of focus on things of interest and can be associated with special gifts. This has been referred to as a form of ‘high-functioning’ autism.

Gifted/able children fulfilling potential / Mensa / Underachievers

An IQ tests will identify whether your child is achieving their best in each area and whether extension or enrichment is necessary.
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