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.

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Video Interaction Guidance Mid-Point Reviews coming soon!

Training in Ireland and Northern Ireland NOW AVAILABLE


A lovely group of professionals from WHSCT recently trained in VIG

A lovely group of professionals from WHSCT recently trained in VIG

VIG training NI

There has been lots of training activity in Northern Ireland, and in the last few weeks alone we have had nearly 20 new trainees attend the Initial Training Course (ITC). Even more are set to begin their supervised training. This is great news for Northern Ireland as all of these great folks will be moving forward by helping the parents and children they work with connect and enjoy each other more.

So what do we do on the ITC? This is a very hands-on two day course that introduces the theory and research behind VIG before giving participants opportunities to think about microanalysis of video and using this to support their clients’ interactions. As well as leaving knowing more about this great approach, participants also leave with a new awareness of their own professional strengths and areas for development.

Two trainees working together to analyse and review film

Two trainees working together to analyse and review film

Here in Northern Ireland we are seeing growth in VIG, and we now have a group of five Trainee Supervisors all able to share their huge amount of skill and experience with the expanding base of VIG trainees. This means training is more cost effective for participants and there are more opportunities for training and supervision.

Ultimately, the investments services have made to VIG have enabled it to become sustainable. Brilliant!


You can email Dr Jo Hewitt at

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

You can expect a response within 48 hours.