Early Years SEN - Contact Me/ About Me

Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm
By telephone:      07721 640143

By email:        Elliecollar@EarlyyearsSEN.co.uk
I look forward to hearing from you!
About me
I have a B.Ed (Hons) in Lower Primary Education (3-7 years) and a M.Ed in Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, both from Birmingham University School of Education. My first seven years of teaching experience were spent within special schools, working with children with a range of severe to profound learning difficulties working within the earliest stages of development, including specialist teaching approaches for children with multi sensory impairment and setting up and running a class for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Severe Learning Difficulties. I spent the next nine years working as a county advisory teacher in Northamptonshire for early years SEN with families and a wide range of schools and early years settings, including providing training, consultation and advice, assessment and joint work with the community health teams, and the Northampton Child Development Centre. As an Independent Consultant I am continuing to enthusiastically develop my knowledge and training in how difficulties in the early stages of development can affect learning and achievement long term, and what strategies best enable children to regain this vital ground.
My training includes:
Rhythmic Movement Training Levels One, Two and Three, Face The Fear, and the Readiness for School courses, with Rhythmic Movement Training International®, and I am certified as a Provider of Rhythmic Movement Training.  
Beginner Theraplay® allowing me to incorporate Theraplay® techniques into my work
Nurture Group Network Training
TEACCH approach for children with ASD or who benefit from visually structured teaching
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transitional Support)
Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing
Intensive Interaction (David Hewitt)
Protective Behaviours
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Reiki Level 1 and 2
Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
I am a qualified Portage Visitor.
I am also a Solihull Approach Trainer
Through my work I have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding professionals from other disciplines including Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Community Paediatricians, Specialist Advisory Teams and Teachers, Private Therapists, Children's Centre Workers, Social Workers and Parent Advocacy Groups. I am always delighted to liaise and to work jointly with other professionals involved with your child to ensure a better tailored programme that really works, as in my experience this often gains the best outcomes for young children. I will always identify to you any areas of need where in my experience your child may benefit from additional specialist support from another agency, and support you in referral to them should you wish to do so.
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