Bernadette John, SEND Director, The Good Schools Guide
Dr. Josephine Storek, Chartered Psychologist
Dyslexia, dsypraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit and executive dysfunction are just some of the neurobiological conditions being diagnosed in our children today: Without diagnosis and appropriate treatment they cannot improve. Our panel discusses what that means and what parents can do to help and support their children.
Bernadette John is the SEND director for The Good Schools Guide. She heads up the Good Schools Guide Education Consultants' team of specialist SEND advisors, who help parents to find the right school for children with special needs. She also manages The Good Schools Guide's reviews of special schools and the SEND provision in mainstream schools.
She has 20 years’ experience of SEND, gained both through work for local authorities, charities, advocacy services, and government pathfinder organisations, and through raising one of her three sons, who has special needs.
Dr. Josephine Storek, M.A. (Summa Cum Laude), CPsychol is BPS Chartered Psychologist, member of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP), researcher, psychometrician and diagnostician with special interest in intelligence, giftedness, twice exceptional and neuro(a)typical children. She has expert knowledge and interest in attention deficit, executive (dys)function and learning impairments, such as dyslexia. She is a Honourary Research Associate at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London (UCL). She collaborates extensively with the Eagle Hill School in Connecticut, Boston University ADHD Research Centre, UPenn Positive Psychology & Creativity Centre as well as the National Center for Learning Disabilities in NYC. Josephine obtained her educational and professional qualifications in the UK, USA, the Netherlands, France, Japan and Czech Republic. She is incredibly fortunate in that she combines her passion of working with children and adolescents, whilst applying the latest scientific and empirical findings to help educate parents and educators on the impact of neurodiversity on daily functioning, learning and academic achievements.