For Children (0-19yrs)

educational and psychological advice, intervention and assessment

If you are concerned about your child's development or behaviour, or if they have recently received a diagnosis of a special educational need, then a range of services are available for you.

You can request a comprehensive educational psychological assessment for your child.

You can ask about receiving expert advice and support to help you support your child at home.

If you think your child would benefit from individual intervention support from an experienced educational and child psychologist please enquire.



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Video Interaction Guidance

Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) is a special approach to help adults improve communication with children and support them in areas they are finding challenging - for example, a child with challenging behaviour or poor social and communication skills.

It works by looking at very short films of moments between you and your child when things are going well. We try to understand what it is that is working well in the clip and how we can apply this to the challenging situation. It can be used with very young babies right through to young adults.

VIG is an international approach with a strong evidence base. It has been recognised in a number of important guidelines including NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and 1001 Days Manifesto. It is one of two key interventions used by the NSPCC (see here) to improve parenting. The Mental Health Foundation, NHS and other service providers are currently using VIG. 

VIG can be used with parents and children, and with professionals working with children.

Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) is a similar approach that helps to support professional development and can be used with one professional or with a whole staff team.

If you would like to ask about using VIG at home or in your professional setting, or you are a professional who would like to be trained to use VIG yourself, please contact me now.

Read more about VIG and VERP here.

Adult Dyslexia Assessment

If you are aged 18+ and you feel like you have always struggled with elements of reading and/or writing, then you might be dyslexic.

It is not unusual for adults to have gone through the school system undiagnosed. You might have felt frustrated at your difficulty keeping up with your peers, possibly leaving school early and choosing a more practical career path to play to your strengths and avoid lengthy reading and writing tasks.

If you would like to explore in more depth whether you have an underlying difficulty, then please get in touch. We can talk about the challenges you have been facing and whether an assessment might help. All assessments include a report with recommendations tailored to your needs.

Privacy Policy


in line with the NEW General Data Protection Guidelines...

It's my priority to safeguard all families and professionals I work with. One way in which I can do that is to be transparent about the policies and procedures I work within.

Ripple's Privacy Notice is now available here.

Additional policies on safeguarding etc are also available on request, please contact Jo Hewitt for more information here.




VIG Mid-Point Reviews, accreditation and workshop events coming up in October.

Training in Ireland and Northern Ireland NOW AVAILABLE


VIG opportunities in NI

Hold the 21st October in your diary!

A training event will be held on 21st October for all accredited and training VIG practitioners.

Workshops led by a team of VIG supervisors will provide some great learning opportunities to help us think about our VIG skills and how we can apply them within our own particular work contexts. More details to follow!

On the same day, mid-point reviews and accreditation meetings will also be available. Please speak to your supervisor to discuss this further.

These events will be advertised on the VIG website soon and you are encouraged to sign up as soon as you can.

Please contact me if you would like further information.

VIG trainees working on their skills

VIG trainees working on their skills

Special Books by Special Kids is non-profit, aiming to ‘showcase the importance of diversity, inclusion and acceptance’.

Special Books by Special Kids is non-profit, aiming to ‘showcase the importance of diversity, inclusion and acceptance’.

Ripple Services is proud to have become a patron of Special Books by Special Kids. This amazing non-profit makes videos with very special children and families.

If you haven’t yet watched any of their video then why not click here and watch your first one?!


You can email Dr Jo Hewitt at

You can also contact her via twitter on: @RippleServices

and Facebook at: Ripple Services


Jo is based in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. She works mainly within Northern Ireland and Ireland.

You can expect a response within 48 hours.