When a student is struggling in school, parents may wonder what can done. Edward Joyce, 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. Edward was Principal of St Anne`s School, Taylor’s Hill, Galway 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. Edward 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 the following difficulties: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties, Speech and Language Disorders; and with Leaving Certificate students seeking eligibility for the DARE programme, and third level students seeking access to the Student Disability Services.
“When I am working with students, I conduct psycho-educational assessments, to establish the intellectual ability and educational achievements of these students. Where the student may have social, emotional or behavioural difficulties, direct observation in the classroom and playground, as well as the administration interviews, questionnaires and behavioural scales, will also be done. This information is further augmented by reports from parents, teachers, and other professionals. The results are then discussed with parents and teachers, and a report is written, stating the intellectual ability of the young person and making recommendations on the appropriate interventions required (resource teaching/SNA support etc. ).
For more information contact Edward Joyce, Educational Psychologist, Suaimhneas, Upper Clybaun Road, Galway. Tel: 091 529285 or 086 3535062 or you can log on to edwardjoycepsychology