Very rarely does a consultant come along with such an in depth knowledge, experience and passion about supporting children with Down Syndrome and their families . Maggie Hart is one of the few.
A qualified primary teacher, Maggie has dedicated the last twelve years of her career to supporting children with special educational needs, specifically those with Down Syndrome.
Uniquely, Maggie has a clear understanding of how to support the child’s education in the context of the home, the family, the school and the community . She has an understanding of the issues facing the child and the child in context from the newborn through to the adolescent . She understands the educational and social challenges at all levels and always approaches her work with an incredibly positive attitude .
She is very well regarded locally, regionally and nationally, as a result of her experience and knowledge. She has previously set up an educational charity for children with Down Syndrome , worked both in schools and with schools advising and training .
Maggie is an inspiring professional who is totally committed to making a positive difference to the lives of the children she works with.
Dame Dela Smith DBE DL
I have known Maggie for 14 years. We first met when her son Alex was born and she came to our centre in Portsmouth to find out all she could about the effects that Down syndrome has on a child’s development and how to help him.
I have worked quite closely with Maggie since that time with visits to Darlington to provide training and to support the work that Maggie was doing for children and families in her area of the north east.
Maggie brought all her previous training and expertise as a primary school teacher to her work as she set up evidence based early intervention for the babies and pre-schoolers and supported their families. She quickly extended her work into school support working with the LEA. Maggie has continued to develop her expertise and to keep her knowledge up-to-date by training, reading and attending the annual Down Syndrome Research Forum. She has also trained with DSEI as an accredited trainer for RLI, the only evidence based reading and language intervention for primary school children with Down syndrome.
Maggie’s work has been highly valued by the families and the schools she has worked with and by her professional colleagues. I have no hesitation in recommending her services and wish her every success in this new venture.
Professor Sue Buckley OBE
CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Director for Science and Research
Down Syndrome Education International
Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disability
Dept Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Down Syndrome Education International | USA | Enterprises
I have known and worked with Maggie since 2007 and she has become my friend and treasured colleague. Maggie is an inspiration to those who live and work with children with Down syndrome.
Through Maggie, parents are inspired to learn and develop alongside their children and to manage challenges that they face. As Maggie is both a mother of a child with Down syndrome and a professional teacher, she is in a position to understand and offer the best of support and care to parents and their children with Down syndrome. She is knowledgeable, kind and approachable and I am honoured to work alongside her.
Monica Bray, M.Phil., M.A., B.A.(Logopaedics – Speech Therapy)
Speech and language therapist and lecturer
(former Course Leader of the Speech and Language Therapy Dept. at Leeds Beckett University)
Maggie is passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Her help and support have been invaluable to our family throughout various different times. Including, specific support to education providers and throughout the EHC Plan process.
Maggie’s training courses are very good and I have learned new ways of helping my daughter with communication, literacy and numeracy.
Maggie has a wealth of experience and information, which has always been delivered with a smile and lots of practical tips that can make life that little bit easier.