Welcome Dr Aimee Swithenbank, Educational Psychologist (BSc Hons, DECPsy) to our team!
Aimee has over ten years’ experience working with children and young people across a range of settings including schools, nurseries, enhanced provisions, community projects and post-16 providers.
She obtained her professional doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology in 2015 at University College London. Previously, she worked across secondary schools in Essex as a behaviour and attendance facilitator, leading on therapeutic interventions such as those based on cognitive behaviour therapy.
In her role as a facilitator at a vocational day care service, Aimee worked with adults with complex needs and their families, to support their community inclusion and independence. Alongside her employment, Aimee has held voluntary positions at the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (Boston, Massachusetts) and a multi-disciplinary practice which uses animal assisted therapy to help people overcome challenges such as anxiety, low self-esteem, school non-attendance, and poor mental health.
Aimee currently works across the private and local authority sector. She enjoys good links with colleagues in health, education, and statutory assessment services. She has extensive knowledge on school systems and experience with statutory processes such as Education, Health and Care needs assessments. Most recently, she has worked with a secondary school to develop a new enhanced provision for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. She also co-leads a parenting support group in her local area and is a placement supervisor for Educational Psychologists in training.
As an educational psychologist, Aimee is trained to apply psychology to support the learning and wellbeing of children and young people (from birth through to 25 years). Aimee can support in the following areas, through providing consultation, assessment, and psychological advice:
- Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia and dyscalculia)
- Difficulties with schoolwork
- Language, communication and social interaction (including autism)
- Attention, concentration and self-regulation (including ADHD)
- Social skills
- Attachment and relationships
- Preparing for adulthood and developing independence
- Sensory processing and regulation
- Emotional regulation and wellbeing (e.g. anxiety, low mood, low motivation, low self-esteem, and anger)
- Challenging behaviours (e.g. school refusal, engagement difficulties, self-harm, unsafe behaviours)
Aimee can provide services in the home or educational setting and accepts referrals from parents, young people (over 16), schools, preschools and colleges. Psychological assessments usually involve individual work with the child or young person, a classroom/preschool observation where possible, consultations with those involved with supporting the child or young person, plus a comprehensive written report.
Some common assessment packages are outlined below. However, Aimee will always tailor her support to the individual child.
Specific Learning Difficulty assessment – £500
Dyslexia or dyscalculia assessment plus a full cognitive assessment. The report would include a summary of the results as well as practical and evidence-based strategies to help your child make progress.
Early years assessment – £700
Looking at key areas of development in preschool-age children e.g. language and communication, social development, physical development, early learning and play. The report would include a summary of the assessment as well as practical and evidence-based strategies to help your child make progress.
Full psychological assessment – £700 to £900
For school-age children and above, looking at all identified areas of concern. The report would include relevant background information on your child, detailed information on their strengths and difficulties, as well as practical and evidence-based strategies to help your child make progress.
Pre-statutory psychological assessment – £700 to £900
Comprehensive psychological assessment for school-age children and above, looking at strengths and difficulties in the core areas below:
- Cognition and learning
- Approach to learning (e.g. attention, regulation, self-esteem and motivation)
- Emotional and social development
- Language and communication
The report would include relevant background information on your child, detailed information on their strengths and difficulties, suggested outcomes/ targets, as well as specific advice on the provision and support your child will need in order to achieve the recommended outcomes.
This report could be used as evidence of your child’s strengths and difficulties when making a request to the Local Authority for an EHC needs assessment.
All our EPs have an enhanced DBS check. They are registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are fully compliant with the British Psychological Society’s Code of Conduct and practice guidelines. You can check the register here:
Aimee offers a free, no obligation telephone consultation to discuss your concerns and hopes for EP involvement, and to explore whether this may be the right service for you and your child. Please contact Michelle on the details provided if you would like to get in touch.