Is your child having difficulties in school?

When a student is struggling in school, parents may wonder what can be done. Edward Joyce, an educational psychologist who holds masters degrees in psychology and education, has worked with students at primary, post-primary, and third level, and students who have severe difficulties in reading and mathematics.

Mr Joyce was principal of St Anne’s School, Taylor’s Hill, which is an integral part of CAMHS West. He did in-depth assessments of children and adolescents with psychiatric, social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties, and developed programmes tailored to their learning styles and educational needs. He then joined the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS ), and worked in Galway city and county: his work on the Aran Islands and in north Galway was done through Irish. He now works with children, adolescents, and adults who have ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, speech and language disorders; and Leaving Certificate students seeking eligibility for the DARE programme; and with third level students seeking access to the student disability services.

“It is useful to think of the human being made up of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional components,” he said. “Students can have difficulties in some or all of these areas. In my practice, I work with students who have intellectual difficulties, dyslexia, social and emotional difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, developmental coordination disorders/dyspraxia, and speech and language disorders.

Contact Edward Joyce, educational psychologist, Suaimhneas, Upper Clybaun Road, Galway, phone 091 529285/086 3535062, or visit edwardjoycepsychology.com

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