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About Empowering Little Minds

Early Years & SEN Education Consultancy

Thank you for showing an interest in Empowering LIttle Minds. If you choose to attend any of my training workshops, sensory & sign sessions, Body, Minds & soul sessions for OAPs, start personalised 1:1 or small group teaching or just want free, empowering resources to empower your SEN children, you are in good hands. 
Applying my many years of research, studying, practical management & teaching experience of SEN education, I always aspire to provide high quality services with a personal approach, to empower the minds of all ages. You will always receive the benefit of my enthusiasm, passion & dedication to teaching and high quality education. Feel free to contact me at any time, if you have any questions or want personalised support.
I hope to see you at one of my sessions soon!
Kind Regards
Judith Riddell
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I have a BA (hons) Degree in Education & Religious Studies (2000-2003), MA Degree in Education (2008) and PGCE in General Primary (2004) all granted by Cambridge University.

Since Qualifying in 2004, I have acquired almost 20 years experience teaching children Aged 3-19 years, but my preference & specialism is within Early Years, Early Intervention & Special Educational Needs (SEN). I have extensive experience of teaching 1:1, small group & whole class teaching, both within a mainstream & Special Needs schools. I have also gained wide experience of different areas of school leadership and taught not only in N.Ireland but also England, Jamaica, Nepal & Bahrain (Middle East). I was specifically selected in 2008-2011, to help establish the Children's Academy in Bahrain, the first Special Needs school of its kind in the Middle East, set up in partnership with Alpha Plus Private school group.

I always aspire to keep adding to my experience & professional development. I am trained in many additional Qualifications:
Mental Health First Aid Certificate - Adult (2022), Towards a better understanding of self-regulation & BEST strategies - Sensory Integration Education (2022), Fostering Network Conference - Embedding a Trauma Informed framework & Anxiety based school avoidance workshop (2022), Ecosensory Therapy (2021-2022), Tying knots and making shelters (2022), Neuroscience and sensory integration early years conference 2022, Paediatric First Aid (2021), Understanding Selective Mutism (2020), Neuroscience & Early Intervention Early years conference (2019), Makaton levels 1-8 Foundation & Enhanced levels (2019), Paediatric First Aid (2018), Play Therapy (2016), First Aid Certificate (2015) Senior Leadership Pathways Course (RTU) (2014) Team Teach behaviour handling techniques (2014), Communication strategies for students with SEN in the classroom using Makaton, PECs and TEACCH (2014), Using PECs in the classroom to enable communication for children specifically with ASD (2013), Q-skills (2013), lifting and handling techniques (2012), Attention Autism techniques (2012), The Alert Programme to empower students to understand their sensory integration systems (2011), teaching techniques for students with Downs’ Syndrome (2011), Makaton training stages 5-8 (2011), ASD strategies for the classroom (2011), ASD sensory integration and behaviour problems identification and intervention (2010), detecting auditory processing disorders (2010), Applying the International Primary Curriculum (2009), Numicon methods in the classroom (2009), Original play and Brain gym relaxing techniques (2009), Brain gym (2008), Jolly phonics in the classroom (2008), Letterland phonics in the classroom (2008), Makaton training stages 1-4 (2008), teaching phonics in the classroom (2007), science techniques for students with SEN (2007), ASD and TEACCH methods (2006), Sports for all leadership course (2006), ELKAN certificate in speech and language development (2006), British Sign Language Introductory certificate (2006), coaching of New age Kurling and Boccia (2006).


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Our Philosophy:

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  • Empowering Little Minds is a Makaton Friendly Business & also widely uses PECs & TEACCH methods aspiring to empower all little learners to communicate positively.

  • Judith's passion in teaching is to ensure that EVERY child is empowered to reach his/her full potential and she applies a 'whole child' & multi-sensory ethos to all her teaching, play & learning sessions. 

  • Whatever our age, we all learn & make sense of our world through all our 8 senses. Empowering Little Minds provides teaching and workshops for a wide range of age groups; children, parents & education professionals and also sessions for OAPs. 

  • Judith has worked with a wide variety of children with a range of mild, moderate, severe and PMLD special needs; including students with ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome, Hemiplegia, Asperger’s Syndrome, visual impairment, hearing impairment, developmental global delay, speech and language delay, Angelman Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Soto Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Muscular Dystrophies (MD) and Fallots.

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