Pat Guy Education Specialist

My Publications:

Study Skills. (Sage)
An extensive collection of ‘off the peg’ study skills lesson plans suitable for older primary and secondary pupils.

Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident Children
- Brain Development and Schools
- Keeping Minds Happy and Healthy
- Transforming Reading Skills in the Secondary School
- Study Skills Transforming Reading Skills in the Secondary School. (Routledge)
Practical strategies to support the older reader. Keeping Minds Happy and Healthy. (Routle

Operating as usual

13/06/2024

NEW BLOG POST!

ADHD & JOB HOPPING

Did you know that people with ADHD are more likely to hop from job to job? In my latest blog post, I'm exploring the connection between ADHD and job mobility, and what it means for your career.

Read the full post now and take control of your professional path >> https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/06/13/adhd-and-job-hopping/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

05/06/2024

NEW BLOG POST!
Autism Assessment in the UK

Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 individuals in the UK are neurodivergent, with diagnoses increasing year on year? The rise in numbers has led to lengthy waiting lists for assessments, with the average wait for an autism assessment currently being between 3-4 years. But what's causing these delays? In our latest blog post, we'll explore how the shortage of qualified professionals is affecting the assessment process and how a multi-disciplinary team approach can help. We'll also discuss the importance of the social model of disability and how increasing inclusion in schools can be a key step towards a more inclusive society.

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/06/05/an-ounce-of-prevention-is-worth-a-pound-of-cure-autism-assessment-in-the-uk/

14/05/2024

NEW BLOG POST!

12 DYSLEXIC STRENGTHS

Humans have survived as a result of their ability to adapt to their environment. Neurodiversity flourishes because of this need for different ways of thinking in order to cope with change. Neurodiverse individuals may have ASC characteristics and display, for example: an attention to detail and an ability to hyperfocus. Those who experience traits of ADHD will prefer to look at the bigger picture, will follow unusual angles as a result of their wide-ranging interests, and bring an energy and enthusiasm to everything they do. Teams of individuals who have different ways of thinking, will be stronger than groups who have similar thought processes.

What talents do these successful dyslexics believe they bring to the table?

Read the blog post to read more:

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/05/14/dyslexic-strengths/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

03/05/2024

Society has always judged females on their physical appearance. Images from magazines, TV and Instagram reflect current beauty and fashion norms, with models and celebrities reinforcing such trends.

As a result of their sensory issues, many neurodivergent girls experience problems when trying to adhere to such ideals.

In my latest blog post I share 10 top tips for neurodivergent girls when approaching clothing and fashion.

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/05/03/fashion-and-the-neurodivergent-girl/

17/04/2024

NEW BLOG POST!

Individuals with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder may experience problems with healthy eating as a result of their specific ADHD challenges. For example:-

- Limited impulse control = an unhealthy snack is eaten quickly without thought.

- A weakness with organisation = detailed food shopping plans seem too complicated to carry out.

- Poor attention control = careful monitoring of food intake is difficult when the process seems complex and boring.

- Maintaining a healthy diet require organisation, long-term planning and self-control; all areas which the individual with ADHD finds challenging.

Knowledge is power. If you are aware of why you behave as you do, it will be easier to adopt self-help strategies.

in my latest blog post I suggest 10 ways that you can improve your diet if you have ADHD.

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/04/17/adhd-and-a-healthy-diet/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

08/04/2024

NEW BLOG POST!

Revision - Motivation for the unmotivated.

Many students have a difficulty with motivation: they will start a piece of work or an activity with enthusiasm, only to quickly lose interest. Pupils with ADHD and ASD often experience a particular problem with tasks they find tedious, and revision can fall into this category. The pupil will be aware of the importance of revising adequately, but this will not be enough to motivate them.

In my latest blog post I share twenty self-motivating tips to help you get on top of your revision.

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/04/08/revision-motivation-for-the-unmotivated/

08/02/2024

NEW BLOG POST!

Specific Learning Difficulties and the challenges of co-morbidity

Most SpLDs: dyslexia, attention deficit, dyspraxia, language problems and some aspects of autism are co-morbid. Co-morbidity refers to different conditions that exist side by side. Although a child’s initial assessment may show Attention Deficit Disorder to be their main area of need, they are certain to experience some degree of dyslexia, dyspraxia, autistic traits, dyscalculia or language difficulties.

Read more about the challenges of co-morbidity in the full blog >>
https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/02/08/specific-learning-difficulties-and-the-challenges-of-co-morbidity/

26/01/2024

NEW BLOG POST!

ADHD & HYPERFOCUS

ADHD is usually viewed as being a difficulty of concentration, attention and focus. However, rather than an individual with ADHD lacking the skills of attention, the difficulty is more one of an inability to regulate their attention.

The concentration of individuals with ADHD will improve if a piece of work interests them; if it is novel, has a tight deadline and combines some degree of competition and challenge. When engaged in such an activity, the individual will focus exceptionally well. This high level of concentration is known as hyper-focusing. When someone is hyper-focusing, they become completely absorbed in a task, paying little attention to anything else that is going on around them.

Read more about ADHD and hyperfocus on the blog >>

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/01/26/adha-hyperfocus/

17/01/2024

NEW BLOG POST!
TEENAGE GIRLS - DEALING WITH ANGER

It is quite normal for teenagers to feel angry with everything and everyone. During the teenage years. strong emotions are due to a combination of hormonal changes and the developmental stage of the brain. While annoying people will still exist when teenagers reach adulthood, their brains will be more mature and therefore more able to regulate their emotions.

Stepping away from situations, whilst a good solution, isn’t always an option if the annoying person happens to be your form teacher, a sibling or classmate. As a teenager, you cannot reduce the irritability rating of others, so you will have to change how you deal with the situation or person.

In my latest blog post I share six stragergies that might help.

Please share this with the teenage girls in your life, and their parents!

Read the blog post here >> https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/01/17/teenage-girls-dealing-with-anger/

Teenage Girls – Dealing with Anger 17/01/2024

It is quite normal for teenagers to feel angry with everything and everyone. During the teenage years. strong emotions are due to a combination of hormonal changes and the developmental stage of the brain. While annoying people will still exist when teenagers reach adulthood, their brains will be more mature and therefore more able to regulate their emotions. Stepping away from situations, whilst a good solution, isn’t always an option if the annoying person happens to be your form teacher, a sibling or classmate....

Teenage Girls – Dealing with Anger It is quite normal for teenagers to feel angry with everything and everyone. During the teenage years. strong emotions are due to a combination of hormonal changes and the developmental stage of th…

Practical solutions for the challenges of ADHD: Challenge 2 = Time management 12/01/2024

ADHD is a biological disorder involving an impairment in executive functioning. This impairment affects an individual’s skills of, for example: organisation, self-regulation, memory, motivation and time-management. Strategies that might assist the individual with ADHD to manage their time: - Make sure there is a visible clock in each room. Always wear a wristwatch. Establish a morning routine. To save time, lay out what you plan to wear the next day, the evening before....

Practical solutions for the challenges of ADHD: Challenge 2 = Time management ADHD is a biological disorder involving an impairment in executive functioning. This impairment affects an individual’s skills of, for example: organisation, self-regulation, memory, motivation and…

05/01/2024

ADHD is a biological disorder involving an impairment in executive functioning. This impairment affects an individual’s skills of, for example: organisation, planning, concentration, time-management, self-regulation, memory and motivation.

Consistently misplacing possessions is one result of poor executive functioning. The individual with ADHD will have poor concentration, they may have been distracted when they put the item down, and a weak memory will leave them unable to automatically recall where they left it. The lost item may be expensive, of sentimental value or essential for the individual’s work: this will make no difference to the individual’s ability to keep it safe.

In my latest blog post I share 10 strategies that might assist >>

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2024/01/05/practical-solutions-for-the-challenges-of-adhd/

Practical solutions for the challenges of ADHD 05/01/2024

Challenge 1 = Losing possessions ADHD is a biological disorder involving an impairment in executive functioning. This impairment affects an individual’s skills of, for example: organisation, planning, concentration, time-management, self-regulation, memory and motivation. Consistently misplacing possessions is one result of poor executive functioning. The individual with ADHD will have poor concentration, they may have been distracted when they put the item down, and a weak memory will leave them unable to automatically recall where they left it....

Practical solutions for the challenges of ADHD Challenge 1 = Losing possessions ADHD is a biological disorder involving an impairment in executive functioning. This impairment affects an individual’s skills of, for example: organisation, planni…

30/11/2023

NEW BLOG POST!

In 2022, a study that looked at women’s experience within the UK healthcare system, found that 44% of respondents felt the concerns they discussed with medical professionals were not taken seriously.

In my latest blog post I talk about this in relation to ADHD and how women present very differently to men >>

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/11/30/adhd-the-female-factor/

07/11/2023

NEW BLOG POST!

Sam Holness was the first triathlete with autism from the BAME community to complete the Ironman World Championships, (October 2023 - Kona, Hawaii)

Sam’s parents have always focused on the things he can do, rather than the things he can't. They realised that competing in sport helped Sam in numerous ways. In my latest blog post I explore four of these benefits...

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/11/07/sport-and-autism/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

25/10/2023

NEW BLOG POST!

Neurodiversity refers to the different ways in which human beings interact with the world. Individuals with specific learning differences such as ADHD, autism and dyslexia will be among those considered to be neurodiverse. It is estimated that between 4-5% of the general population and 29% of entrepreneurs have ADHD, while 15% of the general population and 35% of entrepreneurs have dyslexia.

In my latest blog post I discuss 8 advantages to being neurodiverse, and how they might assist your career, and future entrepreneurship.

Read here >> https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/10/25/neurodiversity-gifts-for-entrepreneurs/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

04/10/2023

The Girl Guides Association published their annual report, ‘Girls’ Attitudes Survey’ earlier this year. The survey asks 2,000 girls aged 7 to 21 years, how they feel about their everyday lives. Statistics within these reports are concerning. For example, the number of girls who describe themselves as ‘very happy’ has steadily declined. The greatest decline being in girls aged 7-10 years, from 57% in 2009 to 28% in 2023.

In today's blog post I discuss four of the main challenges facing girls of today according to the survey's findings >>

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/10/04/girl-guides-survey-2023/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

07/09/2023

NEW BLOG POST!

SENSORY ISSUES: HAIRCUTS, HEADPHONES & HAND DRYERS

The impact sensory issues can have on an individual is often underestimated. Noise, smell, colour, touch and taste can cause some children and adults real discomfort, if not physical pain. How the person is feeling at that moment, calm or anxious, relaxed or agitated, will affect the severity of their response.

To reduce the impact of these issues for children and adults, society needs to be more aware of the part the environment plays in sensory challenges.

In my latest blog post I discuss the five senses and the challenges children in particular with sensory issues might struggle with. Hopefully it contains some helpful suggestions.

Read the full blog post here >>

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/09/07/sensory-issues-haircuts-headphones-and-hand-dryers/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

29/08/2023

BACK TO SCHOOL

All children thrive on predictability and routine, and the thought of a new school year will evoke different emotions in different children. Some will worry about the unknown: new teachers, new peer groups and so on, while other children will be looking forward to seeing their peers again.

Returning to school in September is stressful, exciting and exhausting all at the same time. Whatever their individual feelings, most children will appreciate some adult support to help them through the first few days of the term.

In my latest blog post I discuss 6 ways to help:
https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/08/29/back-to-school/

23/08/2023

BRAND NEW BLOG POST!

BACK TO SCHOOL: SPELLING

Children’s spelling develops through several predictable stages. Some children progress comparatively slowly through these stages; with many unable to develop their spelling skills beyond a phonetic level.

Click the link to read on...
https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/08/23/back-to-school-spelling/

15/08/2023

Absence rates for pupils in July 2023 were 13.2% among pupils with an EHCP, and 6.8% amongst their neurotypical peers.

In spite of the additional needs of pupils with EHC Plans being identified, and the provision to meet their needs put into place, a significant number of these children are still unable to attend school. More needs to be done to ensure these ‘lost’ children feel comfortable in mainstream settings and are able to access an appropriate education.

In this blog post I discuss some of the characteristics that an Autism Spectrum friendly school should have >>

https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/08/15/see-you-in-september-or-maybe-not/

Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

25/07/2023

NEW BLOG POST! Round holes and square pegs: Autistic Spectrum Conditions and early screening.

When it is suspected that a child has an autistic spectrum condition, (ASC), early screening is essential to ensure that they can access appropriate support, and that their behaviour is not misunderstood. However, recent research, (Guardian newspaper article – 17. 7. 23), reports that children are waiting sixty-five weeks on average for initial ASC screening. NICE guidance recommends a maximum wait of thirteen weeks. This will mean that children who experience ASC type difficulties will have a fifteen month wait merely to begin the assessment process. Inevitably this will have a negative impact on the child’s emotional wellbeing, and social and academic development.

Read on... https://patguyschoolandfamily.com/2023/07/25/round-holes-and-square-pegs-autistic-spectrum-conditions-and-early-screening/

06/06/2023

NEW BLOG POST!

Over recent years, being an extrovert, has been seen increasingly as a desirable personality trait, and the more reflective and thoughtful nature of introverts considered less appealing. However, introverts have many valuable and unsung strengths.

In my latest blog post I'm talking all things introvert, celebrating their many talents!

Are you an extrovert or introvert?

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Pat Guy Education Specialist Education Specialist and author of educational books:

- Olivia & the Proverbs
- Raising Confident C

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