Julie is an educational and child psychologist with specific experience working with children and young people who have special educational needs, disabilities and looked after status. Julie has experience with Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). She has experience as a specialist teacher for Autism. Her background in teaching enables her to be relevant to the National Curriculum and take into account teaching constraints. Julie takes a holistic approach during her time with the student. Julie has experience both in private and LA practice.
Curriculum Vitae - Dr Julie Alfrey
What do you enjoy most about working with parents/carers?
In my capacity as a specialist in ASD I feel I can relate to parents of children with needs on the autistic spectrum having had personal experience of going through the early investigations leading to diagnosis and the following support and intervention pathways.
Describe your approach to students in 3 words.
Child Centred, Non-Judgemental, Empathic.
What are your specialisms?
I have a special interest in autistic spectrum conditions and children in care with attachment issues or previous trauma issues. My final doctorate dissertation was based on reading and spelling interventions aimed at dyslexic type difficulties.
Why is resilience important?
Resiliency is related to self-efficacy. So many children do not have the tools to help them feel empowered in an age where so many pressures and expectations are placed upon them educationally. It is important that children have the opportunity to build their resiliency so that they can feel strong enough to cope with these.
I saw Julie when my daughter was having difficulties at school. She did a few sessions with my daughter and made my daughter feel very relaxed and gave me ways of helping her deal with her anger. She talked me through strategies which I still use today. The report which I got was very detailed and it is still used as a reference today as my daughter has sensory processing disorder with ASD.
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