Welcome to The Reading Doctor Hampton

In 2014, the opportunity arose to work alongside the founder of The Reading Doctor, Deborah Salsbury, in a school for disaffected learners. Witnessing the obstacles and barriers to learning these children faced, I developed a passion for the teaching of literacy skills and embarked upon a rigorous re-training program. This included specialist reading intervention training that added to professional development courses in phonics, speech/language and primary curricula and included obtaining a First Class Honours Degree in the Teaching and Learning of Children with Special Educational Needs.

Opening the Bromley Branch of The Reading Doctor has allowed me to bring together my experience, skills and previous knowledge to offer the gift of reading to all children. I am proud to be part of The Reading Doctor franchise and regularly share training, skills and knowledge with the other specialists in our group all of whom share the same passion and dedication for our specialist work.

In addition to teaching at home as The Reading Doctor, I spend part of my week in a primary/secondary provision for children with a range of Specific Learning and Behavioural difficulties, where I am part of a specialist team of teaching staff. I have carried out in-depth research looking at neuro-diversity and the effects of specific learning difficulties upon a child’s self-esteem, and focused research around developmental dyslexia and the challenges children face; this training has been essential in underpinning the skills required to become part of The Reading Doctor group.

Cath Tolfrey

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