Patricia was born in Wales, from an English mother and a French, Chilean father. She lived in England and France but was taken to Chile at an early age. During this time she learnt English, French and Spanish. Leaving Chile as a dancer and teacher, she taught in Chile, Peru, Guatemala, England, and Australia, where she became registered as a dance teacher with The Royal Academy of Dancing.

A change of profession came with the achievement of several degrees, leading Patricia to work with Professor John H. Tyrer who was a famous Physician, Neurologist and Linguist. They had a very successful clinic that specialised in children with learning difficulties. They designed programs, which were very helpful, seeing eight to ten children a day.

The training gained from Professor Tyrer was valuable experience for the research in this study. His knowledge of and insight into the problems of children’s learning difficulties were taught to Patricia through their work together.