Examples of Dr Joanne’s Practice

  • Assessing children’s strengths and difficulties through observation, individual work, and meeting with staff and the pupil’s parents and carers. Then working with the adults through the process of consultation to plan specific strategies and interventions to support the child and enable them to make progress. 

  • Writing psychological advice as part of the statutory assessment of a child’s special educational needs process, when requesting an Education, Health and Care plan (what were previously known as Statements of Special Educational Needs). 

  • Delivering training to staff, parents, and young people on a wide range of topics. Examples have included delivering staff training on ‘Understanding and Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders’. I have delivered training to parents/carers and young people at Key Stage 4 on study skills and revision, based on research on memory and learning – this proved to be very popular, and provides a bonding experience for the students and their parents/carers over a topic that can lead to tension at home.

  • I have run workshops at children’s centres to give parents/carers the opportunities to ask their questions regarding parenting young children. Part of the power of these groups was the parents/carers hearing that others were experiencing similar difficulties to them. 

  • I have provided both motivational interviewing and solution-focused sessions in secondary schools. This has been useful for motivating disengaged young people to come up with a plan of action for themselves. 

  • I offer individual sessions for anxiety, based on cognitive behavioural approaches. My intervention is bespoke and personalised to each child’s unique situation. This was so effective for one Year 6 child that he went from not being able to be away from his mother for more than thirty minutes prior to the intervention, to going on a five-day residential trip by the end! 

  • I am also trained as a Friends For Life facilitator. This is a group based intervention that aims to both prevent and treat anxiety in children aged 8-11 years old. It is thought that anxiety affects 1 in 5 in this age group. This intervention is recognised by the World Health Organisation.

I offer support to settings on developing policies and resources.