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Our Honorary Consultants

Twin brothers in their school uniformsWe have a team of volunteer Honorary Consultants who are all experts in their field plus experts in multiples. If you have a problem that you are struggling with that is related to your multiples or being a multiple yourself please get in touch.

Please note: all our Honorary Consultants are professional working people who give up their time for free to help families in crisis and as a result of this,  it may take up to a couple of weeks for the chosen Honorary Consultant to contact you back after you have been referred to them via Tamba. (Our aim is to have Honorary Consultants reply within two weeks). Therefore please contact us at least a month before your deadline of required support. Once you have received an email confirming that your referral has been forwarded on to the relevant Honorary Consultant, if you have not heard from them within 3 weeks please reply to the confirmation email stating that you are still waiting and we can chase it for you.

All referrals must come through the Tamba office and Honorary Consultants must not be contacted independently by families. Referrals must also come from a parent or legal guardian and not from a grandparent or carer (unless we have this in writing from the parent or legal guardian).

If a Honorary Consultant is dealing with a number of on-going cases at any one time, priority will be given to families whose Tamba membership is current. If your membership has lapsed you may wish to renew your membership.

Below is the full list of our current consultants, grouped in areas of their fields of expertise with examples of problems they can help with. You can also support Tamba to maintain this service by making a donation. Visit our donations page and select Honorary Consultants from the 'where will your money go' drop down menu.  

Need to speak to an Honorary Consultant? Please fill in our honorary consultants referral form to provide us with an outline of the concerns/problems you are having, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Nikki Harris.   

If you are a professional with experience of multiples and would like to volunteer your time as a Tamba Honorary Consultant please contact Nikki Harris   

Fill in our honorary consultant referral form

Primary and Secondary Education 

Please note, if you are wanting to appeal the primary school placement decision for your multiples, you must watch our webinar before contacting us for an Honorary Consultant referral. You can view the webinar on our school applications page. 

Anne Thomas, Maggie Dorsman, Emma Zentner and Lorna Marks are our education honorary consultants. For Primary School applications they can help with:

  • Whether to defer entry to a later term 
  • Whether to delay entry to a later year
  • Appeals about school places
  • Together or apart
  • Teachers failing to identify individual needs
  • Teachers making comparisons
  • Different rates of progress
  • Different levels of independence and confidence

If your enquiry is about school admissions, please refer to the Tamba school admissions pack and our document on the educational needs and experiences of multiple birth children

For Secondary School applications, they can help with:

  • Choosing schools (some learning areas allow three choices, in other it's six)
  • Preparing for results day when abilities are similar but only one may be given a place at preferred school with an entrance exam
  • Appeals
  • Teachers failing to identify individual needs
  • Teachers making comparisons
  • Differences in ability
  • Differences in rate of development and achievement by boy/girl twins

Please note in the case of selective and grammar school applications and appeals Tamba can only help in this instance if the multiples have achieved consistently the same academically for several years and there is proof of this.  For more information regarding applying to selective schools, please take a look at our secondary schools section

Family Therapy

For typical age appropriate behavioural problems please contact Twinline or AskTwinline.

Audrey Sandbank, Shelagh Wright, Heather Dilks-Hopper and Vikki Cohen can help with: 

  • Severe behaviour problems including aggression
  • Relationship problems
  • Psychological issues between twins and parents including adolescence
  • Toilet training if the issues begin to affect the family
  • Identity and friendship issues
  • Adult twins who have lost their twin
  • Couples where one is a twin
  • Parents suffering after the birth of their twins

Speech and language

Janet O’Keefe, Michelle Field and Tess Garrett can help with: 

  • Listening and attention
  • Social interaction - any age
  • Understanding
  • Speech – slow to start talking/unclear and difficulty forming sounds
  • Specific difficulties e.g. stammering
  • Janet can also help with special needs statements

Please note our Speech Therapists can only offer support to families where their multiples are aged 2 years and over.  If you are looking for a private Speech Therapist you can contact ASLTIP (Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice).

Educational Psychology

Tom Lloyd and Carolyn Graham can help with: 

  • Special educational needs and statements/ EHC Plans
  • Severe learning difficulties
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Severe behavioural difficulties at school or nursery

 

 

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