Dip Tchg; Dip Ed; MNZSTA
Helen has an extensive experience of 30 years plus within the fields of Speech-language therapy and education. During her time in London Helen was the team manager of the Speech and Language Centre in London for 20 years+. The centre became a model for other UK local authorities and trained teachers and associated professionals around England in the language of the classroom and thinking skills. She co-developed a programme to teach ‘Active Listening Skills’ and at the request of the Commissioner for London Schools and co-published the programme in the book “Learning to Listen to Learn” (2005).
Following a stint at a private Auckland secondary school as Director of Advanced Learning and Head of Thinking Skills, Helen continues to assist students of all ages with speech-language therapy and active listening skills, thinking skills such as Hyerle Thinking Maps, Costa’s Habits of Mind, de Bono, 3 Storey Intellect, Blooms Taxonomy, SOLO Taxonomy and Ryan’s Thinkers Keys. Helen has presented numerous workshops and continues to attend regular seminars to advance her understanding of dyslexia, dyspraxia, learning behaviour, psycholinguistic frameworks, neuro-linguistic programming. She also attends professional development in NZ and the UK.
Helen has a son and one grandchild.
Helen’s specialist areas of interest and expertise include:
- Language processing difficulties
- Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
- Articulation difficulties
- Dyspraxia and dyslexia and phonological awareness
- Language delay
- Learning strategies including memory and thinking skills
- Active listening
- Accent reduction