Why did I become a psychologist?

I am a married mum with two delightful children, who add love and entertainment to my life on a daily basis. I became a psychologist after learning that my husband had dyslexia that had been undiagnosed, so he went through school believing he was stupid. I really felt that was unacceptable and that it was important for children and their parents to be given accurate diagnoses, as early as possible, as well as being given a distinct plan for the way forward.

My son, who is now in high school, has been diagnosed with dyslexia and has executive functioning difficulties that create challenges on a daily basis.

I focus on aiding the development of children and helping them on their way to finding direction and improving their performance and self esteem at school. I have had sixteen years of experience, six of which were while working in both government and private schools.

Today there is more pressure on children to develop and excel and it is important that we understand their needs and translate their goals and abilities into something that the children, their parents and teachers can work with. I strive to gain an understanding of each child and family I work with, intending to identify their cognitive, educational, social and emotional challenges they experience that inhibit them from attaining their potential.

There is an overload of information being given out and definitions and diagnoses are easy to find. What is harder to get is the information necessary to help the everyday life of children who are experiencing difficulties. Parents need to be given information they can rely on and can utilise in their daily routines, as well as practical, easy to use games and activities.

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