Emrie De Vaal
Emrie is a New Zealand Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. Growing up with a sibling with Dyslexia and ADHD she understands the family dynamics surrounding children with learning difficulties. She is skilled in assessing cognitive abilities as well as specific learning needs associated with dyslexia and attention difficulties. Emrie is dedicated to finding strategies and help that will enable children to reach their full potential and is committed to support children and their families on this interesting journey.
Emrie has a special interest in the needs of gifted individuals, particularly gifted students with specific learning difficulties i.e. twice exceptional students. She is a member of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children as well as a member of SPELD.
Prakash is a strongly motivated Registered Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in both clinical and educational settings. Masters degree in Psychology and in Sociology, Post graduate qualification in guidance and counselling and a degree in speech language therapy make Prakash a well qualified professional. He is a member of the NZ Psychological Society, NZ Psychology Board, NZ speech therapists association and member of SPELD (he is an approved SPELD tutor and assessor]. He works in close collaboration with Lynn Berresford.
Prakash is a passionate professional with the desire to assess and support people with learning and behaviour issues. His advanced training in positive behaviour support and positive parenting add to his skills. Prakash also offers a unique client support programme to enhance clients organisation and study outcomes.
He is a dedicated, skilled advocate for individuals who have behaviours reflecting Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention deficits, Autism/Aspergers, self esteem issues and other learning issues.
Prakash, using a strong pedagogic framework and an intense desire to make a positive difference to people, believes in the power of simple kindness. To find what you seek in the road of life (Edward Bulwer Lytton) – leave no stone unturned.
M.Ed (Hons), Dip Teaching (Distinction), Registered Psychologist with over 40 years of experience of working with children, teenagers and adults with exceptional needs. Lynn has developed extensive and practical knowledge of these individuals who learn differently.
Lynn has acted as the Gifted Education Centre consultant psychologist ever since the establishment of the centre in 1995. She was one of the ‘ask an expert’ on the Ministry of Education TKI website (Gifted and Talented Community Parent and Whanau).
She is a life member of the N.Z. Psychological Society, N.Z. Counsellors Association, N.Z. Gifted Children Association and she is a life member of SPELD (N.Z. Federation of Specific Learning Difficulties). Lynn is a dedicated, experienced and skilled advocate for individuals who have behaviours reflecting Giftedness, Dyslexia, Attention Deficits, Dyspraxia, Aspergers etc. Lynn has worked in both clinical and educational settings.
Elaine is a New Zealand Registered Psychologist and a member of the NZ Psychological Society. Elaine also has a Dip Teaching (Distinction) which was obtained in New Zealand where she taught at the primary level for three years before moving to Australia.
Elaine trained and qualified as a psychologist in Australia where she worked with children and adolescents with educational, behavioural and/or emotional challenges. She also worked with the parents and schools to provide them with strategies and skills to manage and support the children and young people.
Since arriving back in New Zealand Elaine has worked as a psychologist with the Ministry of Education (Intensive Wraparound Service) and as a Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). This work has provided her with valuable experience of, and insight into, the New Zealand primary and secondary educational systems.
Elaine has experience working with children and adolescents experiencing learning difficulties (such as dyslexia and dyscalculia), behavioural difficulties (such as aggression, school refusal and oppositionality), developmental disorders (such as ADHD) and emotional disorders (such as anxiety, low mood, and low self-esteem). She can provide psycho-educational assessments and therapy. Elaine is also a member of the NZ Association for Gifted Children.
Elaine is passionate in her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children and adolescents (and their parents) who are experiencing challenges in school, home or the community.
Heather has an MEd Psych., and DipEd, as well as being a NZ registered teacher and Psychologist. She has worked in education for over 30 years, both in NZ and overseas. Throughout her teaching career she has worked with students in the mainstream, mainly at preschool and primary level. As a result of her many years working with children, their families and their learning environments she has a comprehensive understanding of how children learn, and the environments that are more likely to result in success. She recognises the differences that can cause learning to be challenging for many children, and strongly advocates for a holistic approach to providing support and developing interventions.
Heather has been working in international schools in Bangkok and Dubai for the last 11 years. She has been responsible for identifying and supporting children with a range of needs including Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration, and other processing disorders. She also worked extensively with gifted students, with a focus on those who were underachieving and those with specific learning difficulties. She was a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) on the North Shore for six years prior to going overseas. Heather’s work in schools over the last 17 years has equipped her with excellent skills to support teachers and teaching assistants to more successfully meet the needs of children who learn and behave differently. She is committed to promoting the sharing of knowledge and development of strategies that make a difference for children and young people following assessment.
Heather recognises the importance of a child’s emotional well-being as an essential factor in successful learning. For this reason it is important for her to know a child’s strengths and she values input from parents as part of her assessment. Her ultimate goal is to help parents and teachers to provide the support and create the environment that enables a child to become an independent, motivated, successful learner.
Currently working as a New Zealand registered psychologist, Marta is originally from Poland, where she gained her Master’s degree in Psychology. Through her study & training she specialized in Educational Psychology and earned her Diploma in Educational Psychology with Teachers Credentials.
Following her degree, Marta worked for many years as a special needs educational psychologist in the County Center for the Psychological and Methodological Assessment and Counseling. The center specialized in diagnosing children with learning difficulties and the behavioral or emotional problems associated with them. The role entailed in depth analysis and working closely with children, their families and their schools to establish programs and systems, something she always been passionate about.
Marta is an avid sailor and sailing instructor. She has spent summers running and instructing at school camps for children and youth. She was selected as skipper & captain of a Polish yacht in a round the world yacht match race in a two up, all female crew. She has completed a circumnavigation of the world, which brought her to New Zealand, where she has now settled and lives with her husband.
Marta aspires to help children and their families in New Zealand who are experiencing psychological difficulties.
Angela is a Registered Intern Psychologist as well as a Registered teacher. She has a Master of Educational Psychology (First Class Honours) from Massey University and a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) from the University of Auckland. She is a member of the NZ Psychological Society, SPELD NZ and ADHD NZ. Angela has a passion for teaching and learning and has assisted many students with specific learning difficulties to improve their levels of academic achievements through her programmes of tuition. She is a registered Feuerstein mediator in the Standard, Basic and Tactile FIE methods and is offers mediated programmes of metacognition skills and strategies through Indigo.
Angela enjoys living on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast with her two teenage boys and enjoys kayaking and walking on the beach.
Dr Judy Selvaraj has recently joined Indigo and she holds a PhD (Education) from The University of Auckland, where she also completed an MA (Psychology, Hons) a MEd (First Class Hons) and BA in Education and Psychology. She is a Registered Educational Psychologist, Registered Secondary Teacher, is a Committee member of the IEDP (Education Group of the NZ Psychological Society) and is a member of the NZ Gifted Association.
Judy previously worked in the Ministry of Education (Special Needs Adviser, Psychologist) where she was part of the Behaviour Team, followed by a stint in North Carolina and London. Recently, she presented a paper at the British Education Research Association where she shared her findings of her recently completed PhD, which outlined the need for ongoing upskilling of teacher educators and secondary school teachers to deliver inclusive classroom practices in New Zealand secondary schools, whilst acknowledging the difficulties that students with special education needs have in relation to ‘fitting’ into an inclusion school context. She is particularly interested in how teacher education providers and pre-service teachers collaborate to embrace the ideas of inclusion.
Judy is passionate about ensuring that students who have special learning needs are provided with learning support. She has extensive experience in understanding ADD, ADHD, ASD and Giftedness. Learning programmes can be developed to fit the needs of individual students at all levels (pre-school to tertiary) who have reading, writing and mathematical challenges, such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and low motivation. Judy is trained in the process of professional supervision. She can develop IEPs for Inclusive Practices and can complete cognitive assessments at all levels. Her extensive background in secondary education (NZ and overseas) enables her to provide curriculum advice to secondary and tertiary students and process special assessment conditions’ applications. Judy can also work from offices at Hobsonville.
Anne has extensive experience working in primary and secondary school leadership and teaching roles and has also held leadership and teacher educator roles within tertiary organisations. Anne’s career is one of actively working towards all students receiving optimum educational opportunities. She understands what schools are (and are not) able to offer. In her current role, Anne offers guidance, coaching, mentoring and advocacy for students, parents and educators, particularly where executive functioning difficulties and/or emotional intensities/sensitivities severely affect mental well-being (anxiety, self-regulation, low self-efficacy). Anne has strengths in applying pedagogical theory to practice and diagnosing and addressing barriers to learning. She can translate assessment reports into practical interventions for the classroom and help bridge communication between school and home. Information about provisions offered may be found at: https://tinyurl.com/sturmon-ed-info-2019
Anne holds a Master of Education (First Class Honours, educational psychology & special education), as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Special Education and is registered with NZCER as a Level C Assessor. Anne’s M.Ed research focused on school-based interventions and support for gifted students who experience barriers to learning. She has authored papers, presented at national and international conferences, and contributed to two editions of the NZ/Aotearoa text book: ‘Celebrating the Square Peg’ in ‘Gifted and Talented: New Zealand Perspectives’ edited by Roger Moltzen and Don McAlpine. Link to article: https://tinyurl.com/A-Sturgess-Square-Peg
Anne’s approach to life is to live each day purposefully with the intention of gaining maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from work, family, friends and leisure. She achieves this by participating fully in each aspect of her life, contributing fully where she can and building strong relationships based on caring, humour, trust and respect.
MELANIE (MEL) WONG
Dr Melanie (Mel) Wong is a counsellor and a life coach. She originally trained as a teacher before she became interested in counselling and coaching. She has an extensive interest in supporting giftedness and
creativity through a holistic approach, and is passionate about supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of gifted people. Her professional and personal experiences have motivated her to be a counsellor and coach specialising in gifted and twice-exceptional people. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, the Australian Counselling Association and a registered teacher.
Mel is also interested in research, and her research areas include giftedness, gifted education, and mental and emotional wellbeing. She teaches and publishes and presents her research at conferences. She also conducts professional development workshops for teachers, social work practitioners and counsellors.
Mel holds a PhD from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Education from the University of Waikato, and a Bachelor of Education from Auckland University of Technology. She is also the Academic Lead – Curriculum and Research in the School of Social Work and Sport at Manukau Institute of Technology.
Mel’s commitment to serving the community is evident in the work she does outside her roles as a counsellor/coach and at MIT. She is currently the membership secretary of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children and she is a Justice of the Peace.