Donald Ewing has worked as a psychologist for almost twenty years in a variety of settings including professional clinics, early years, school and post-school settings. Donald holds a recognised accredited postgraduate professional qualification in educational psychology from the University of Dundee and a previous fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Donald trained to be a primary school teacher at the University of Edinburgh and has worked as a teacher in a range of settings in the UK, Ireland, USA and Japan including working with children with challenging behaviour, severe literacy issues and those learning English as a foreign language.
Donald is passionate about the early identification and support for those with neuro-diverse learning profiles and his particular areas of expertise are dyslexia and dyscalculia. Donald has worked for and with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland since 2012 around assessment, training, research and advocacy. Donald is particularly interested in working with adults who are late to being assessed and working with them on related work and life skills.
Donald is a very experienced trainer and is passionate about designing innovative professional learning that takes advantage of the neuroscience of how humans learn best. Donald has regularly guest lectured at third level on topics such as dyslexia, special educational needs, positive psychology and accelerated learning.
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND INTERVIEW SKILLS
Donald delivers training and support around interviews skills and public speaking and uses an innovative coaching approach (Public Speaking for the Terrified™) to help individuals successfully tackle activities that are often accompanied with anxiety or stress.
Donald has a vast range of experience with print, broadcast and social media including a column in the Irish Times, developing a dyslexia focused podcast and a range of appearances on Irish TV and radio. His blog can be found at donaldewing.com/blog.
POLICY AND STRATEGY
Donald has worked at a strategic policy level in central government with the Department of Education and Skills in the Scottish Government, the Department of Children and Youth and the National Council for Special Education in Ireland.
GOVERNANCE AND VOLUNTARY
Donald has served as a member of several schools’ board of managements in the Dublin area and is a previous chairperson of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology and fellow of the British Psychological Society.