Succeeding with SEND series
This exclusive series of insightful conversations between SEND students and experts, explores their journey to diagnosis as well as the support they received to enable them to succeed throughout their education.
In support of Dyslexia Awarness month, the series launched with a focus on Dyslexia on the 14th of October, with Helen Boden, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association. Followed by a focus on Autism with Dr Calum Harley in November.
Focus on Dyslexia
Focus on Autism
Helen Boden, CEO, British Dyslexia Association
With a background in education and training since 1990 and a qualified specialist dyslexia teacher, Helen began work for the BDA in 2002 and has been with the organisation for 15 of the last 17 years.
After running the organisation’s training department, Helen became CEO in March 2018, with a focus on empowering dyslexics through lobbying, raising awareness, training and direct support.
Dr Calum Hartley is a Lecturer in Psychology at Lancaster University.
He is an internationally-recognised expert in autism and his research focuses on how this disorder impacts children’s symbolic communication.
Calum was awarded his PhD in 2014 which investigated how minimally verbal children with autism understand pictures and words. In 2016, he was awarded a Future Research Leaders Fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council to profile how children with autism identify, retain, and generalise the meanings of words. Calum is currently supervising several PhD projects exploring this topic. He is also interested in aspects of social cognition, including sharing and ownership, and is involved in a long-running outreach project (‘Science Hunters’) that uses Minecraft to introduce science to children with special educational needs.
For more information about Calum’s publications, please visit his university web page.
Ruby is 16 and has just completed her GCSE’s and is now studying for her A levels in Geography, Politics and Economics.
Ruby’s interests include music, (she plays the piano and flute both to Grade 8) and sings in the school choir. She enjoys netball and keeping fit and has recently started volunteering with a local dyslexia organisation.
Ruby’s dyslexia was discovered when she was struggling with her reading and spelling at primary school. Through strong support at home and school, Ruby has overcome many obstacles associated with reading and has achieved excellent results in her GCSE examinations including a 9 (A Star) for English Language.
Mollie Lee, is a 21 year old post-graduate psychology student at Lancaster University studying developmental disorders. She was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 17, when she was already interested in psychology and atypical development which she now gets to pursue.