Veronica Bidwell is an educational psychologist with expert knowledge of Specific Learning Difficulties. She has been involved in education for over 30 years and has worked as both psychologist and teacher in mainstream and special schools. In the late 90s she set up and ran a leading independent educational psychology service based in London. She has assessed and worked with many hundreds of pupils and has given support and advice to their parents and teachers. She has developed and delivered numerous training courses for parents and professionals and has contributed to Dystalk, the leading learning difficulty website offering a series of talks given by experts in their field.
She is currently a governor at Fairley House School, a leading independent specialist school catering for pupils aged 6 to 16 with dyslexia and dyspraxia. She has served as chairman of the trustees at the Kensington Dyslexia Centre. Veronica is a chartered educational psychologist with an Honours degree in Psychology from Bedford College, London University, a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from University College, London and a postgraduate certificate in Education.
THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTIES: INFORMATION, ADVICE AND PRACTICAL TIPS (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016) is the book she has wished over the years to give to parents, teachers and other learning support professionals. It covers all the various labels that parents can be faced with, from dyslexia to visual processing to dyspraxia and ADHD. Each one is described so that a parent can understand what it is, how it might overlap with another condition, and - most importantly - how to help a child do really well despite their difficulties.
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This is a terrific book. Veronica Bidwell’s long experience and widely-recognised expertise is readily evident. She is able to link these qualities with an up-to-date knowledge of the science of neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly to the extent to which various difficulties often exist alongside each other. This is complemented by her vivid case studies. There is much for parents in here, with practical advice which has been tested in the field. Yet this is more than a book just for parents. Those who teach children with specific learning difficulties will find this an illuminating read and I recommend it to them too. Professor Peter Hill MA MB BChir FRCP FRCPCH FRCPsych, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
A treasure trove of useful information and practical advice for the parents of children with specific learning difficulties and anyone who teaches them. Difficult concepts are explained in ways that are easy to understand and chapters conclude with helpful key points. Filled to the brim with inspiring and interesting case studies that make it a fascinating read. It really is a must have.
Claudine Goldingham BA LLB (Dist.), a dyslexic and mother of two dyslexic and dyspraxic girls
Veronica Bidwell’s inspirational “A Parent’s Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties: Information, Advice and Practical Tips”, which will doubtless become the bible for all, touches on a discipline which can, at times, seem over-complex and impenetrable - especially to troubled parents and teachers. Veronica brings her wit, charm and insight to her wealth of experience as an educational psychologist, working in mainstream and specialist schools. She has written what is essentially a textbook that is, not only accessible to all, but also a rollicking good read. I would chain this book to every parent’s wrist. Jo Petty, Director, The Dyslexia Teaching Centre, Kensington, UK
This is the go-to book for parents with children who have specific learning difficulties. The book explains the varying specific learning difficulties and tells parents how to help. It is informative, practical and accessible without being patronising. It works either as a cover to cover read or as a book to dip into. If parents could spend a week with an educational psychologist asking every question they could think of, the result might be this book! Jackie Murray, Principal Educational Psychologist, Fairley House School, UK