Maria Van Assche

Maria has over twenty years experience within the education and teaching profession.  Having qualified in 1995 from Trinity College, Carmarthen University of Wales.  Maria gained a Bachelors in Education with Honours in Primary Education and then furthered her studies with additional postgraduate specialist teaching and assessment qualifications. She is always adding to her expertise & professional development. Engaging in continuous professional development activities in the field of Dyslexia, Literacy and SpLd (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia & ADHD). Maria also has a wealth of experience in working with children and young people with Autism and Aspergers syndrome.

Maria has worked extensively across both the primary and secondary sector as Special Educational Needs Co ordinator (SENCO/ALNCo) for several years . She has managed & trained large staff teams, held the role of Specialist Advisory Teacher and Systems Leader for Additional Learning Needs at Senior Local Authority level. She has a sincere passion for supporting all individuals with additional learning needs including those in public care needing specialist assessment and learners with complex and co occurring difficulties. Maria is a champion for children with Spld’s and ALN, her passion started when she graduated then released her brother was severely affected by dyslexia and dyspraxia and he managed to overcome this successfully gaining his PGCE. ‘SpLd’s exist in my own family and once identified, you can seek support and then there’s no limit to what you can try to achieve’

More recently Maria was co-founder of a local specialist tuition and assessment centre and now specialises in providing specialist Dyslexia and literacy tuition across the county, along with offering detailed specialist cognitive assessments for a variety of purposes across the UK. This includes assessments for consideration of Access Arrangements in GCSE & ‘A’ Level examinations and reasonable adjustments at school, university; college; public service industries and much more. Soon Dyslexia Pembrokeshire will offer an additional range of services for College & University students. Follow us on our Dyslexia Pembrokeshire Facebook page and keep up to date.

Maria is also a specialist consultant & advisor for Dyslexia & Literacy difficulties and provides specialist advice, support & training for parents, students and professionals. She holds Approved Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association and is DBS checked, registered with the EWC & BPS and an Associate member of the Dyslexia Guild. If you have any concerns relating to your child making progress or if you are returning to study or the workplace and require advice on a suitable way forward, it’s never too late to seek expert specialist advice. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your child.

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