BA (PSYCH/CRIM), PGDIP.PSYCH, M.PSYCH (ED&DEV)
I’m Sandhya Menon,
an Educational & Developmental Psychologist + a loud & proud Inner Westie.
Best known for: Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Less known for: Giving dogs cuddles in cafes 🐶
Modality of Practice:
Social Model of Disability (Medical Model where needed for reports)
CPS Model to Behaviours
Inspired by the works of Martin Seligman, Ross Greene, Stuart Shanker, Mona Delahooke as well as the stories of individual clients and those with lived experience.
I value the expertise of clients as the experts in their own life, and centre their values at any recommendations or support. I focus on creating a safe space for the neurodivergent to be themselves, stimming, flapping, fidgeting and all.
I am passionate about supporting children and families to connect to their wholehearted selves.
Children and families are supported to be in touch with their emotions, especially the uncomfortable ones that we like to ignore.
I explore challenging situations, and delve under the iceberg into what’s causing these emotions to arise, and then work with families/schools so environments around the child support their success and growth.
Along the way? We celebrate *hard*, all the successes, all the wonderful things that maketh the individual. Real, emotion-connecting, successful adult-building work, done with dinosaurs and Lego (or your child’s interest)
I support children, families and schools to understand and respect how the neurodivergent brain works.
The neurodivergent brain is part of the normal diversity in human brain styles. It is its own neurotype, with its own unique quirks, communication style, and way of doing and being in the world.
Understand the differences, respect how and what they communicate, and then support children to lean into and connect with their inner shine with supportive strategies for them and their environments.
"Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment?" - Harvey Blume (1998)