Learning and development specialist, Kimberley Carder founded The Maths Clinic where she works with autistic children, offering hands-on tutoring alongside physical and emotional support.
A woman of many talents, Kimberley is studying to earn her doctorate of Psychology and has thoroughly researched techniques such as sensory deprivation, working with Float On -- a meditation and sensory deprivation center -- in Hong Kong.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT The maths clinic
I started The Maths Clinic in 2017 to work on developing social skills training with autistic children. It's evolved into a social skills and a tutoring business, where I rework the relationship with learning. I work with kids, using my psychology skills and special needs training in my daily lessons.
Fundamentally, I believe that prevention is better than a cure. A lot of the time when you’re working with children, you’re actually dealing with a systemic issue. Children are born into a system and it depends on how they respond to the system.
I realized for me to be more effective I need to be working with families and to see the family psychology and how the child relates to things -- that goes so much further beyond the school system. I wanted to take things to a more personal level."
A FEW WORDS OF ADVICE
I think when you work with children you’re managing two clients. You’re working with a child but the parents are paying the bills.
You have to be mindful of keeping the child’s needs at the forefront of what you do and helping the parents buy into what you’re doing.
The work that I do is very personal so managing those two different relationships is hugely important. It all comes down to client needs.
DELEGATE LIKE A BOSS
Its reached a point where I don’t have enough hours in the day so I am training up other people so I can outsource.
When I consider other tutors to join my team, I need to make sure that they stand for the same things that I do.
I rely on word of mouth so it's hugely important that I am represented properly. Anyone that works with me has to have a love of children and a love of teaching.
KNOW WHEN TO LET GO
You can’t make everyone happy. Even when you’re doing your best and you have great intentions but sometimes people just don’t like you. It can be a bitter pill to swallow but you move on.
THE DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE
While I was in university I worked for a social enterprise and was thinking about things as having a double bottom line.
I think setting your own standards for how much you’re being paid can feel strange but I always remember that there’s a double bottom line -- for me, my wealth is measured in children’s progress.
KNOW YOUR WORTH
Something I was really scared of initially was saying how much I was worth. I wish I had felt more comfortable talking about money earlier.
There were times I felt pressured and would devalue myself. Now I remind myself of what world we live in and I remind myself of what people charge for their services.
I wish I had learned that sooner. I feel that men don’t have that same hang up. There’s a notion that if you love what you do you should do it for less, it’s a funny thing to get your head around but I’m there now.
CHEER FOR YOURSELF
I am very sensitive, so it's easy for me to be affected by what people say. I like to remind myself of what I stand for with daily affirmations -- it helps keep me focused.
JOIN A COMMUNITY
I am very involved in sports. I have a very active sports community. I’m part of the martial arts community here in Hong Kong and I do a lot of Brazilian jiu jitsu at Espada.
I used to go to Epic MMA and that gym gave me so many opportunities. Two years ago I was the first professional women’s mixed martial art fight and I’ve competed in jiu jitsu competitions around Asia.
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In Hong Kong, it's quite easy to feel pressured to conform and it's easy to measure your success financially because that is the metric.
I think it's important to remember the beat of your own drum and to hear it in the crowd. It's necessary to go to sleep every night loving what you do.