Our Team

Clinic Team Dyscovery Centre

The Dyscovery Centre employs a multidisciplinary team of clinicians who are highly trained and specialised to perform assessments, diagnose and administer interventions.

The clinical team specialise in the assessment and intervention for Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders. All members are State Registered, qualified, experienced in developmental disorders, and adhere to professional standards and Codes of Practice.

Clinic Founder & Research Dyscovery Joint Lead: Professor Amanda Kirby (PhD, MRCGP, MBBS)

Professor Amanda Kirby
Professor Kirby founded The Dyscovery Centre in 1997. She has a chair in developmental disorders in education at the University of South Wales. Her background as a GP and also working in community paediatrics and psychiatry has provided a good understanding of developmental disorders in both child- and adulthood. She is also the parent of an adult with developmental disorders so has personal as well as professional experience of living with the difficulties. She has lectured internationally and spoken to over 30,000 teachers, health professionals and parents. She is currently patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, Advisor to the Dyspraxia Association in Ireland and Medical Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK. She founded the Dyscovery Centre over 20 years ago and developed the interdisciplinary team. She has written extensively in the field, and assessed and supported many children, families and adults over this time.

Clinic Lead/Educational Psychologist: Dr. Alyson Richards (PhD, MA, MSc, PGCE, BA)

Dr Alyson Richards, Director
Chartered Psychologist, HPCP Registered Educational Psychologist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Dr Richards is the Director of the Dyscovery Centre, having worked in the field of Developmental Disorders/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) and Mental Health, with children, young people and adults, for the past thirty years, both in the UK and USA, as a Chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She has a particular interest in the factors that foster educational attainment for those with multifaceted additional learning needs related to a complex mix of developmental disorders and emotional difficulties.

Senior Clinician/Occupational Therapist: Kate Speakman (HCPC reg., PGDip, BSc)

Kate Speakman, Occupational Therapist
Kate completed a psychology degree from Cardiff University before going on to complete her postgraduate training in occupational therapy from Cardiff University also. Kate has worked in a local community paediatric team for 8 years where she has developed a special interest in working with children with developmental disorders. Kate joined the Dyscovery Centre team in May 2016 where she has been able to continue working within this specialist field of practice with both children and adults. Kate has postgraduate training in Sensory Integration and is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Special Educational Needs.

Clinic Assistants:
Natalie Owens

Sharon Parry

Sharon Parry, Clinic Assistant
Sharon Parry is one of the Clinic Assistants at the Dyscovery Centre. Sharon has completed courses in Family Therapy and is also a BACP registered Systemic Counsellor. Sharon has a keen interest in Interpersonal Neurobiology and developmental disorders.

Lea Opatz

Lea Opatz, Clinic Assistant
Lea studied in Germany and at the University of South Wales, completing courses in Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Having been a tutor and support worker, she has experience of working with children of different ages as well as adults and older adults with developmental disorders. Lea is one of the Clinic Assistants at the Dyscovery Centre.

Clinic Administrator: Alexis Edwards

Alexis Edwards, Clinic Administrator
Alexis gained a degree while studying at the University of Glamorgan. Alexis has experience of working with adults with developmental disorders and has also worked for the Disability and Dyslexia Service at the University of South Wales. Alexis is the Clinic Administrator at the Dyscovery Centre.

We also employ a range of external professionals who support us to carry out specific assessments, including psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, occupational therapists, paediatricians and general practitioners.