My name is Ian McGowan and I am Director of the Movement and Learning Centre. I have 36 years of accumulated professional experience in working with children adolescents and adults in a range of settings. My academic and professional qualifications are as follows:
1980 B.Ed. (hons) Physical Education and Human Movement;
1983 M.Ed. Psychology and Education;
2005 Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology certificate in Neuro-Developmental Delay.
I taught physical education in secondary schools for 16 years, 8 years of which as Principal Teacher. During this time I had two periods of secondment as a research assistant and lecturer in physical education teacher education.
For eight years I held the post of Assistant Director of Sport and Recreation at the University of Glasgow. During this time I developed an interest in how children develop coordination, how this sometimes can go wrong, the implications of this for a child’s learning and behaviour and, most importantly, what can be done about it.
For the last 12 years I have worked in private practice as a neuro-developmental practitioner and child development specialist.
My day to day work is with individuals presenting with a range of learning and behavioural difficulties and I take great pleasure in the hundreds of children, adolescents and adults whose lives I have helped to make better and in many cases this has been life changing for them (see Testimonials).
I have presented at domestic and international conferences on the links between movement, learning and behaviour and have provided training courses to practitioners in a range of related disciplines in the UK, Norway and Australia.