Our committee consists of several volunteers who are all in some way connected to Dyslexia. Most of us work during the day.
Sarah Peel, Sarah is the senior orthoptist at the General Hospital and runs her own company VisionWorks which specialises in the assessment of eye problems associated with specific learning difficulties. Sarah has been Chairperson of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society's specific learning difficulties group for 3 years and has extensive knowledge of the visual problems which affect learning in both adults and children. Sarah will be standing is as Chairperson whilst Ruth Smith is away travelling.
Judy Gardener, is a full time mum of two teenage boys one of whom is dyslexic. She would be happy to speak to parents about her experiences and offer advice where needed.
Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist:
Dr Alessio Agostinis BSc Hons DClin Psychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist currently working with chronic health conditions in Jersey. Alessio has varied experience in a variety of settings including extensive experience in psychometric assessments in neuropsychology departments.
More recently Alessio has become interested in dyslexia in adults. He has attended specialist training with the British Dyslexia Association and currently offers formal assessment of dyslexia in adults, as well as workplace assessments and recommendations for reasonable adjustments.
Chartered Consultant Educational Psychologist:
Lucyna H Dziemian Cert Ed BSc Hons MSc Educational Psychology is an Independent Chartered Educational Psychologist. Lucyna was a qualified teacher and has extensive experience of working across a range of ages from 6 - 16. She was Head of Special Needs at a large primary school in the UK and also worked with students with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
After qualifying as an Educational Psychologist, Lucyna worked in Lancashire and was also involved with the CAMHS team in assessing students with AD/HD.
Lucyna worked as an Educational Psychologist for the States of Jersey and was involved with CAMHS in assessing students with AD/HD.
Lucyna currently works as an Independent Educational Psychologist and offers formal assessment of Dyslexia and associated difficulties in children together with recommendations for action and support.
The J.D.A. have paid for 'Swap and Fix' card games which will be well used in the classes Ruth will be helping.
She will return to Jersey in October 2014.
The J.D.A. have some exciting plans for development whilst Ruth is away, under the capable chairmanship of Sarah Peel.
Learning should be fun, so to help children want to learn, the games they play should stimulate their imaginations...