What we do to help

The assessments we do and the exercises and therapies we recommend are designed to improve the visual and auditory processing systems that a conventional eye examination or hearing test would not help with.

Motion detection, rapid fixation, tracking, visual and spatial perception, are known as ‘top down’ systems. We also work on the balance and coordination processing, known as a ‘bottom up’ system.

These systems work together and are linked in the brain by the cerebellum and by working on both systems simultaneously; we have more success in supporting you and your child in improving the problems they may have.

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Our Team

Dr Annette Grounds

Vision Therapist 

Dr Annette Grounds has a BSc in Optometry and was an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural Optometrist, (BABO) for 28 years. She has recently retired as a behavioural optometrist but is still practising at the MSTC as a vision therapist. She has a PhD in Vision Research looking at Magnocellular and Parvocellelar systems in Amblyopia and also a MSc in Developmental Neuro-Psychology. Annette has attended many interdisciplinary conferences and undertaken courses, including Johannsen’s Individual Auditory Stimulation and Working with Listening and Auditory Processing Difficulties, in children.

Annette has spent 30 years developing a multi-sensory therapy approach, to help children with a variety of visual and sensory processing problems, which are commonly found in children with a range of learning difficulties.

Annette said: “I have seen so many children change dramatically over the years; children with low self-esteem and low self-worth becoming confident young people, who have turned their lives around. It is hard to express the amazing feeling when a child returns, showing increased confidence and enjoying school, getting higher grades and a better understanding of their strengths and weakness. Accepting that they are not stupid but that they may need a little support, or need to do things in a slightly different way. Over the past 30 years I have enjoyed building up the support we can offer the amazing children we see. We are able to help them become more confident and be more successful, so that they can achieve their full potential.”

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Hayley Barrett

MSTC Owner & Primitive Reflex Specialist

Hayley has worked alongside Dr Grounds as a Primitive Reflex Specialist since 2014. She has a degree in Biological Sciences, which she obtained at the University of Essex. Hayley is trained in Rhythmic Movement Training and Reflex Integration Therapy. She also has NCFE CACHE Level 2 Understanding Autism, TQUK Level 2 Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health, and NCFE CACHE Level 2 Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties certificates. Before having her daughter in 2023 she was also working part time as an SEN learning support assistant. She is extremely passionate about the work she does and  firmly believes that every child can reach their potential if they are encouraged and supported in the correct way.

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Appointments and Fees


The appointments we offer differ greatly as every child is different. Sometimes their needs are complex and multi-layered, sometimes their needs are much simpler.

This means the type of appointment they require will vary. That’s why we offer a wide range of assessments tailor-making a program specifically to suit the child.

For new enquiries please email the centre

We will reply with a questionnaire for you to complete to allow us to determine how we can support your child most effectively. We will then send you the relevant information you require based on your questionnaire results.

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Our appointment fees range from £50 to £305. 

You can contact the centre on 07399343657 or
email enquiries@mstcentre.co.uk

We will be very happy to talk and provide as much help as possible.

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