Director and owner of Stillwaters Psychology, established to provide psychological assessments and intervention packages for young people and adults with conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Stillwaters Psychology was established to provide psychological assessments and intervention packages for young people and adults with conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Key Client Groups
• Young people’s special day and residential schools
• Adult care providers
• Specialist Colleges both day and residential
• SEN Solicitors
The ethos of Stillwaters Psychology is based very much on inter-disciplinary professional practice. As such, its Associates cover the disciplines of psychology, counselling and occupational therapy. Therefore, the company can provide extensive advice on such issues as structural change, conflict resolution and culture adjustment for care and education providers.
Principles – Model of Positive Psychology: The key model of professional practice is that of Positive Psychology that focuses on what is healthy and strength-orientated within people and how those elements help them cope more effectively in a world of challenges.
* Carrying out psychological assessments on young people and adults, in terms of learning and emotions, social and behavioural difficulties.
* Conducting early diagnostic assessments or re-diagnosis on such conditions as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attachment and Trauma problems.
* Preparing psychological assessment reports for submission to Special Education Needs (SEN) tribunals, especially in relation to complex autism cases.
* Assessing the needs of adult service users with wide ranging special needs. This might be a person with an autism diagnosis who is presenting extreme behaviours, such as self-injurious behaviour. Alternatively, the person might have an acquired brain injury for which an assessment might be exploring the changes in personality, behaviour and memory.
Once a psychological assessment has been completed it is common for the commissioners to request:
* A programme of bespoke and intervention training is conducted on the needs/profile of the person.
* Advice on creating a proactive intervention/treatment plan.
* Drafting in the services of other professionals in order to, for example, provide guidance on structural teaching methods and engagement in learning.
* Experience of completing internal reviews of support services in special day and residential schools, including behavioural, medical, psychology and therapies.
* Providing advice to care/education organisations on the composition, plus modes of delivery of therapeutic services and behaviour support teams.
* Working alongside senior management teams to develop strategic planning around behaviour management and responding to the growing complexity of student referrals.
* Providing practical advice and emotional resilience training to staff teams in care and education settings, who are supporting persons with highly challenging behaviours.
* Providing advice to residential colleges on the selection and pre-admission planning of highly complex students.