|Your audience has heard about the diagnosis and labels that have been given to children with learning and
behaviour difficulties however little information has been provided to parents and teachers as to how to
overcome these problems. My message is that there are answers as to why children have difficulties, and
there are also solutions
I am Heather Dorothy Pollock …………….. I have solutions for your audience!
Email: email@example.com. Telephone 011 61 3 54 054 221
Masters Degree in Education, Author, Educational Consultant, Educational Kinesiology Therapist, Professional Development Trainer, Public Speaker,
My experience with the media:
- 30 minute interview on USA’s Ed Tyll Show
- Conducted a weekly 30 minute radio program on Sunraysia 3MA with radio host Roy Harwood
- Conducted a weekly 30 minute radio program on learning and behaviour difficulties on Bendigo 3BO with radio host Brian Coghlan for more than 12 months
- Interviewed on ABC Australia regarding Learning and Behaviour difficulties
- Key Note Speaker and guest presenter at conferences
- Invited guest speaker on the Australian Red Cross Radio Hour
- Interviewed by numerus newspaper reporters regarding my work
- Featured in local newspaper editorials regarding my work
- Featured in stage productions – drama and musicals.
WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER YOU as a Radio or TV Presenter or a Reporter:
My heart and passion is clearly in my work and my forthcoming published series of five books. ‘THE SOLUTION IS IN YOUR HANDS FOR CHILDREN’S LEARNING AND BEHAVIOUR DIFFICULTIES.’ Children are my passion and with your assistance I am committed to do everything I possibly can to promote the information my book holds. This is to ensure a positive future for our society – more so than for the book itself and its sales.
Community interest in Learning Disabilities (LD) is constantly growing, considering the number of people who are affected by LD, their immediate family and relations, the employers and employees, those who work with those with LD. within the medical, welfare, education, justice and sporting professions, etc., is exponential, considering that:
· Globally, some 180 million young people between the ages of 10-24 live with a physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health disability significant enough to make a difference in their daily lives.1.United Nations. Department of International Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office. Disability
· Within USA Learning Disabilities (LD) is the largest category of students receiving special education services. There are 2.4 million American public school students (approximately 5 percent of the total public school enrolment) identified with learning disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This does not take into account those who have not been identified and have fell through the cracks of the education system.
· Statistics around the world are similar based on size of population, as that of USA
· There is a need for information and support – Despite the above reality that millions of individuals face the challenges of learning disabilities every day, there remains widespread confusion and misinformation about the nature and impact of LD. Lack of accurate information about LD increases the risk of stigmatization as well as the possibility of lowered expectations and missed opportunities in school, the workplace and the community.
If you provide me with an opportunity to inform and entertain your audience, I give my assurance that you and your audience will not be disappointed.
Just a few ‘hooks’:
- Do you fully understand the weird (or frustrating or infuriating) things kids do and the very good reasons why they do them.
- Are you frustrated, worried or even angry about:
- Not knowing THE REAL REASON for children’s difficulties, that is apart from the diagnosis or label that has been provided by professionals,
- Not knowing what to do for your child who is struggling at school
- The reason for the lack of progress in your child’s learning?
- Being overwhelmed and not coping with the child’s difficulties
Rather than letting the diagnoses or label that’s been given to a child’s learning and behaviour difficulties hold you back, our next guest has solutions for you that will change the situation by: –
- Discovering how the diagnoses or labels given to kids do not need to be a life sentence!
- Discovering solutions that can make children’s learning and behaviour difficulties almost obsolete.
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More Hooks(any one of these can be a topic for your show):
Does a child in your life have difficulties with …
- Reading, hand writing, spelling or mathematics?
- Writing imaginatively or descriptively?
- Autistic, ADD or Dyslexic symptoms?
- Confidence, low self-esteem, shyness?
- Short-term memory retention?
- Concentration and following instructions?
- Restlessness or hyperactivity, remaining seated?
- Time management and self-organisation?
- Fine or gross motor skills, clumsiness?
- Eye, hand or overall coordination?
- Tying shoe laces?
- Using cutlery – uses hands – a messy eater?
- Having to suck their thumb, clothes or other objects?
- Frustration, anger, anxiety, or fear?
- Being aggressive, manipulative?
- Being impulsive, uncooperative?
- Withdrawal and self isolating?
Difficulties with speech and communication:
- Not telling the truth?
- Unable to hold eye contact when speaking and listening?
- Difficulty in being cuddly on parental terms?
- Dislikes changes to routine or any other changes?
Difficulties with sleeping routine:
- Bed-wetting or soiling?
- Sleeping alone, going to sleep or staying asleep?
- Restlessness, nightmares, night sweats?
Why I have been successful in making a difference for children with difficulties?
I am aware of my positive influence on people. I am also aware that the information in the series of books needs to be delivered with the author’s passion and personality, in order to reach people and have them get behind the philosophy of needing to support children!
I can do this by:
- Asking questions of the audience, hat will engage them
- Answering audiences questions
- Involve the audience in doing interesting activities that will draw them into the discussion
- Demonstrating or explaining techniques, or tests that parents can do to highlight difficulties, together with strategies that will support and calm children and adults.
- Telling copious stories of children’s case studies with humour and compassion.
- Speaking authentically from the heart.
- Provide interesting and useful information and tips that will support the listener’s or viewer’s role in a child’s life and their own life.
- Being prepared to share my story with the audience.
- My experience being vast as a presenter. Having had appearances on radio, stage, at community meetings, and national conferences, I am willing, for the promotion of this information, to do live and recorded publicity events to benefit our children. I will be developing opportunities to do just that, by speaking at community gatherings both near and far I will also keep up my promotion of the information through my web-site, twitter, Face Book and on other’s websites, as well as providing back-up service and support with information days, workshops, newsletters and on-line assistance to parents.
- My first step is to set up a number of programs within my community (in schools both public and private, as well as in the community itself – as I have done in the past,) where I will take teachers, volunteers and parents with their children, through the required steps while keeping well documented evidence of the children’s progress. The results will then be beamed around the world, through the education system, on T.V., radio and in newspapers.
- My goal is to encourage retired people, including grandparents ,to be involved in the project by each becoming a volunteer in supporting a child. This has been successfully achieved by involving 68 people in a ‘Making a Difference Program’ within two secondary colleges. I also believe there is an opportunity to encourage senior people from service clubs to become involved in such a program.
- I have a vision of people gathering together in halls and schools in low socio economic areas, to learn how to support children. The social media and technology will be a gift to me, for the purpose of supporting these people whether they are in Australia or across the world.
There is an urgent need for the public to be informed of the information presented in ‘The Solution Series’ regarding children’s learning and behaviour difficulties – not for mine or any publisher’s or broadcaster’s sake – but for the sake of our children’s future and the future of the community they live in.
Heather Pollock, (Educational consultant, therapist and author of the Solution Series of books for learning and behaviour difficulties)