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Steph Reed, BA (Hons), PGCE

For the past 10 years, I have been teaching in various mainstream and autism specialist schools, with the last 3 years in leadership positions.

I have taught many incredible children and young people with very different abilities and complex needs, who have inspired me to ensure different learning needs are embraced and that all children make significant progress.

As well as creating and delivering tailored autism-related training to educational professionals and services, I provide a model of outreach support through coaching and specialist advice to schools, services and families.

I undertook action research when developing the outreach model and the findings indicate that upskilling and developing the knowledge of staff,  empowered teachers and teaching assistants with a wide range of strategies to utilise and immediately implement successful provision, resulting in good outcomes for children.

In my own practice, I draw upon a wide range of research-based approaches and have training and experience in implementing such as SCERTS, Social Stories, TEACCH, Makaton, Attention Autism, BILD Positive Behaviour Support, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Intensive Interaction and more.

In order to ensure autistic children are making significant progress and being understood by the people around them, I provide tailored outreach, consultancy, training,  and coaching services. 

I host the free Autism Spectrum Teacher Podcast which focuses on sharing information about autism-related themes through conversations with autistic individuals, parents, teachers and other professionals.

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Outreach & consultancy

I provide bespoke outreach & consultancy to upskill staff and build capacity which will have a direct impact on improving outcomes for children with autism.

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I deliver tailored, interactive training workshops to develop teaching practice, knowledge and practical skills related to supporting autistic individuals or those with associated needs.

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Coaching or advice

I provide personalised one to one or group coaching sessions online or in person, to problem solve and develop solutions around themes related to autism.


Debbie Singer · August 15, 2015 at 12:28 am

Hi Steph! So nice to “meet” you! I just noticed the message that you had left for me on Twitter back in May. Sorry for the delay! I just saw your Facebook page and it’s wonderful, too. 🙂


sreed · August 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

Thank you Debbie!

You have a great website, looking forward to exploring more of it!

Richard Hirstwood · October 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

Just read your article about classroom design, loved it. Keep up the good work 🙂

Maddy · October 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Dear Steph,

I am a sixteen year old aspiring special needs teacher who has high functioning ASD. I go to a school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and am currently doing the full spectrum of GCSE’s. I was wondering if you had any advice on what would be the best courses/A-levels for me to do at college to prepare for the job. Also, what qualifications I would need, including university. Is it hard to become a special needs teacher? I have a severely autistic little brother who is non-verbal and I do some sign language and use PECS with him, so I’m hoping that that will help,

Many Thanks,


sreed · November 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Hi Maddy,

Wow you already have a huge amount of knowledge and experience!

You could either study Health and Social Care or Child Care at college, or you could study A Levels. If you do A Levels, I’d recommend studying psychology as one of the A levels.
I studied Health and Social Care at college and did an A level in psychology (2 years). This gave me enough points to go to uni where I studied a combined degree in special needs and inclusion studies and early childhood studies (3 years). I then followed this with a 1 year PGCE which gave me qualified teacher status.
At Uni, you could either do a teaching degree BEd (typically 4 years) or a general BA (3 years) followed by a 1 year teaching qualification. The 1 year teaching qualification could be uni based (PGCE) or school based (school direct).

If you want to talk further, send me an email on [email protected]

Steven Warnick · October 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Hi. I’m a first timer. Question: Are there additional considerations if I’m working with 8th and 9th grade students?

sreed · December 30, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Hi Steven,
Sorry for taking such a long time to respond, I had a problem with my emails, but that is now resolved! It’s best I’d say to take a personal/ individual approach. One strategy that works for 1 person may not work for another, no matter what age. I would say you are never to old to use visual strategies/ resources, they really help me! I’m a lover of mind maps/ colour coding and pictures! Trial and error of different strategies with the main focus of enabling a task to be completed as independently as possible. I hope that helps, Steph

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