Author, speaker, expert
Author of 100 books and an international authority on adolescent brains and stress, wellbeing, learning, the reading brain and the effects of life online on all of us. You can book me to work with you, buy my popular classroom resources or find out about my books, or just immerse yourself in science and fascinating insights into human behaviour.
My Areas of expertise
Explaining the changes that define teenage development: biological (sleep, emotion, peer pressure, risk-taking) and external pressures of exams, friends, school and family. Key books: Blame My Brain - The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed and Positively Teenage.
Bringing you evidence-based understanding of stress management, with intriguing insights into brain bandwidth and multi-tasking. For all ages, for life. Key books: Teenage Guide to Stress, Teenage Guide to Friends and Positively Teenage.
A former dyslexia expert, I’m passionate and knowledgeable about the science of reading and the different effects of our choices. My special interest is the evidence of the enormous benefits of reading for pleasure and I invented the word “readaxation”.
The internet and our always-with-us devices have changed our lives, work, friendships - even sleep. I share the science - negatives and positives - for all ages. With common sense, I promise. Key book: The Teenage Guide to Life Online is out in 2018.
“I would have loved to have much longer”
“the best INSET I can remember”
Award-winning author of fact and fiction
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Most people look at me, read my books or hear me speak and think I am super-controlled, calm, healthy and confident. Most of that is a façade I’ve learned to display. With a highly-ambitious, perfectionist, over-sensitive and introvert personality, I have experience of stress-related illness, anxiety and failure to deal with pressure.
I am an international speaker and have spoken to audiences in countries including France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden, the UAE, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
I was invited to the launch of a really interesting idea this week, the Digital Sunset Challenge. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the launch but I want to show you why