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Philomena Ott: Dyslexia Specialist

Philomena Ott was born in Dublin.  She graduated from the National University of Ireland and went on to obtain a post-graduate teaching qualifiation there.  Teaching experience was gained in both primary and secondary levels of education in the UK and abroad.

While working at a Child Guidance Clinic she embarked on what was to be a lifetime career as a specialist in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties.  Training involved courses at all the major centres in the dyslexia field in the UK including The Helen Arkell Centre, The Dyslexia Clinic at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London and The Dyslexia Institute at Staines, Middlesex.  She is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)  and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

She was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship in the category 'Everyone concerned with the integration of disabled children in normal educational establishments and employment'.  She chose to study 'the latest techniques in the diagnosis and teaching of dyslexics' in the USA and went to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

For many years she was an Executive Board Member of The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and later became Chairman of its Local Associations' Committee. She has lectured throughout the UK, Europe and South America to parents, teachers and students.

She ran her own teaching centre, providing assessments, teaching and counselling. She was an educational consultant and adviser to schools in the maintained and independent sectors at primary and secondary level.

She is a best-selling author and an internationally recognised expert on teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties. In addition to the four books on this website, she has written book chapters, articles in journals as well as in national newspapers and magazines. She has conducted seminars and lectured worldwide and been a keynote speaker at conferences. She is respected for providing incisive and transferable information to parents and professionals. She has been interviewed on television and radio and has sought to improve public awareness and understanding of the condition.