Meet Our Experts
LDA works closely with a team of respected professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with children with various SEN, from dyslexia and dyscalculia to DCD, from autism and ADHD to Speech and Language Difficulties (SLD). The work that these experts have put in through authoring and advising, now means that LDA offers over 400 own-developed resources to help children with SEN reach their full potential.
Lynn heads a team of specialist teachers who deliver autism advice and training. She has worked as a mainstream teacher, early years lecturer and SENCO. Lynn’s new book Stories That Explain is available now.
Kate is a SENCO and primary deputy head. She is a Lead Practitioner for Inclusion and delivers training in the UK and Internationally.
She is the series editor for Target Ladders and they can be found here
Dr Melanie Forster
Melanie is a dual-qualified consultant clinical psychologist and teacher with extensive experience working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She has written two books for our How to … series on enhancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children with SEN. Click here to find out more.
Lois is an independent SEND trainer with over 30 years’ experience in working with children and young people with additional learning needs. She has worked in mainstream and special schools as well as child development centres across the country. Her book How To... Identify and Overcome Handwriting Difficulties can be found here.
Cognition & Learning
Celia has many years’ experience running a dyslexia unit and is the director of Irlen Centre North East where she diagnoses Irlen syndrome, a visual perception difficulty. She is the co-author of the Beat Dyslexia range, click here to view.
David’s experience as an English teacher, educational psychologist, researcher and author have all contributed to his understanding of literacy. He is the author of the bestselling Ace Spelling Range which can be found here.
Ines is an Occupational Therapist with experience of working with children with a range of physical, learning, sensory and emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is also a qualified children's yoga teacher. Click here to see her latest book Dexter and Me.
Communication & Interaction
Alison is a dual-qualified speech and language therapist and primary school teacher. She runs her own private clinic for pupils with social and communication difficulties. Click here to view her bestselling Socially Speaking game and book.
Jim Carrington is an award-winning children’s author and the Inclusion Manager at a mainstream primary school in London. His Otis the Robot series of books help to teach social skills and are available here
Helen is a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist with over 15 years’ experience and has developed specialisms in Children’s Developmental Disorders and Paediatric Dysphagia. Her Speech Sound Builders game can be found here.
Social, Emotional & Mental Health
Anna Wille is a mindfulness teacher, coach and author who has trained extensively in Mindfulness to become one of a handful of people qualified to teach nationally and internationally tried and test programmes to children and adults. Her Mindfulness Shuffle cards are available here.