SUN 11TH NOV
Dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit and executive dysfunction are just some of the neurobiological conditions being diagnosed in our children today. Without diagnosis and appropriate treatment of special educational needs, children cannot improve. Josephine Storek, a psychologist at UCL's Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology will explore what parents can do to help and support their children.
Dr. Josephine Storek, M.A. (Summa Cum Laude), CPsycholis 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.
Josephine has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous popular magazines. Prior to academia, Josephine spent a decade in strategic consulting roles in the educational and financial industries, where she delivered complex corporate and educational programmes that were awarded with prestigious AACSB and EQUIS Awards and shortlisted for the QS Wharton University Re-Imagine Education Award. Agnostic about work-life balance, she spends most of her weekends chasing after her children.
Jessica Narowlansky is the Head of Specialist Education and Wellbeing for Cavendish Education. Jessica is a Level 7 Specialist Teacher and Assessor with a specialism in Dyslexia and in depth experience of supporting children with Autistic Spectrum conditions and/or social communication difficulties.
After completing her training as an International Montessori teacher, Jessica taught in primary education before training in cognitive assessment for Dyslexia and Specialist Literacy Teaching. Upon completing her training, Jessica worked as a one to one literacy specialist then as Special Educational Needs Coordinator at an independent day school in London. In 2014, she co-founded a secondary school for children with additional needs where she took on the role of Vice Principal and Head of SEND.
Jessica’s role in Cavendish is to facilitate the development of the wider mission of the group; that the unique learning profiles of our students are understood, and that mental health and wellbeing is supported throughout the whole of the Cavendish community. In addition to her work with Cavendish, Jessica is currently training as a child, adolescent and family psychotherapist at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and offers therapeutic support to primary school pupils.
Along with work in schools, Jessica works in collaboration with law firms offering expert testimony in tribunals to support families in securing Education Health and Care Plans. She continues to work as a Dyslexia Assessor for children and adults, and as a freelance writer looking at issues in education.