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Our experts - learning-difficulties-disabilities

It's hard to know whose opinion to trust, especially when it comes to our kids. So we’ve brought together a rich variety of experts from the worlds of education, gaming, child development, online safety, technology, family therapy and more to add professional knowledge and experience to the conversation.

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Janet Dudley

Learning difficulties and disabilities San Diego, US
I am a social cognitive specialist and a speech pathologist who has the privilege of teaching socially quirky kids how to navigate the social world by connecting and relating to others. I love helping kids understand that we are always impacting the thoughts and feelings of those around us and teaching those tricky "hidden" social rules that so often are never explicitly taught. I also have expertise in executive functioning and work with kids to increase their situational awareness, time management skills and improve their organizational skills. This is all done with a lot of humor and compassion...I learn something new every day from my kids!

Brian Williamson

Learning difficulties and disabilities Wallasey, GB
Brian is a very experienced one-to-one tutor and general special educational needs practitioner. He has worked with individuals in a wide range of educational environments and has encountered a multitude of learning preferences. Trained in mathematics he explores learning from a rigorous, symbolic albeit holistic stance. Brian is an active member of his university's pedagogy research group, a former school inspector and the writer and illustrator in a fantasy-based learning school theatre group.

Joan Green

Learning difficulties and disabilities Potomac, US
I am a speech-language pathologist with over 27 years of experience helping children as well as adults improve communication,cognition, literacy and learning. I specialize in empowering families with the knowledge of affordable resources and how to select those that are most appropriate for their situation. I provide online guidance, coaching and suggestions for implementation strategies to speed up progress toward goals. I train education and rehabilitation professionals as well as families. For those in the Washington, DC area, I also provide direct therapy. In addition to online consultations, I provide webinars, conferences, write books and offer a free informative online newsletter titled "Innovative Technology Treatment Solutions." Most importantly, I am the mother of 4 wonderful children who are now 21, 19, 17 and 14 years old.

Gabi Aujla

Learning difficulties and disabilities Wolverhampton, GB
With a creative flair, strong organisational & planning skills I hope to combine my IT knowledge with my passion for working with people in education.

Barbara Dianis

Learning difficulties and disabilities Dallas, US
Author, Don't Count Me Out! A Guide to Better Grades & Test Scores PreK-12 Barbara Dianis, MA ED, overcame dyslexia in her own life using self-taught strategies and techniques. She went on to earn a BA Degree in Education and Special Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education Pre-k- 12th, Language Learning Disabilities, and Psychometry. During her university studies she earned a place on the National Dean’s List for achieving academic excellence. As CEO and Founder of Dianis Educational Systems, LLC she has influenced society to view students with various learning issues as capable students who can overcome their learning issues if they are taught properly. She has helped to restore hope, dignity, and purpose to students who are scholastically challenged and provide them with a proven pathway to help them achieve academically at their highest learning potential.

Sally Thibault

Learning difficulties and disabilities AU
.Sally Thibault a Professional Speaker and Author of three books • David’s Gift the story of her Family’s journey following her son’s diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, • Wise Mothers Raising children in the Social media era, a book about the impact of social media on teenagers and • Asperger’s Bullying and School - teaching parents how help their child on the autism spectrum develop bully –resilience at school and for life. She presents seminars on the impact of an Autism Spectrum diagnosis to parents, teachers and health care providers. She has also a Guest Lecturer and Curriculum Advisor for the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) Sally also regularly presents personal and professional development to schools, not for profit groups and corporations specializing in finding practical solutions to the challenges of living in the era of technology and social media.

Barbara Fuoco-McCooley

Learning difficulties and disabilities Mt Laurel, US
I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, both public and private schools and at the colleges for over 35 years as a speech-language pathologist working primarily with a pediatric to young adult population. My services focus on developing skills through a strength-based approach with evidence-based practices for clients with language-related reading/math issues, apraxia, and memory problems, as well as those on the autism spectrum from the preschool years through young adulthood. I have lectured extensively in the field of speech-language pathology, reading, and special education at a local and national level.

Pat Howe

Learning difficulties and disabilities IE
As a dyslexic, who didn't learn to read or write until my late 20s, I developed a solution that I believe is game changing for people with reading and writing problems. My first student was my daughter, Nichol, who also had severe dyslexia. This year, Nichol was awarded a PhD in micro-molecular physics. I developed my dyslexia solution in one of Ireland's top colleges, Dublin City University. It is now being used extensively in Youth Reach programmes and in Prisons. It is predicated on two key attributes of dyslexia. People with dyslexia have weak short-term or working memory. They also have strong visual skills - they think in pictures or images. My solution teaches and bolsters short-term memory and harnesses visual skills through colour-coded phonetics.

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