Autism Specialist Teacher, Advisor & Consultant
BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, PGCE Early Years Specialism
I have been teaching in mainstream and autism specialist schools for the past 10 years , with the last 3 years in leadership positions of SENCo, Inclusion Leader and Autism Outreach Leader.
I have taught so many incredible children and young people, with different abilities and complex needs, who have inspired and taught me so much about learning, communication, sensory processing and importantly, the need for a personalised, holistic approach to teaching.
I am dyslexic and this partly fuels my extreme passion, empathy and understanding of multi-sensory teaching approaches and the benefits of visual and practical learning supports.
In my own practice, I draw upon a wide range of evidence-based approaches and have training and experience in implementing; SCERTS, Social Stories, TEACCH, Makaton, Attention Autism, BILD Positive Behaviour Support, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Intensive Interaction, Lego Based Therapy, Colourful Semantics, Zones of Regulation and more.
I deliver tailored autism-related training to educational professionals and services and provide nurseries and schools with outreach support through coaching, upskilling staff and building capacity within the setting. This is all to enhance understanding and ensure practitioners have the tools needed to meet a range of learning needs effectively.
I also provide online advice, coaching and mentoring for professionals and parents, to provide advise and support in implementing strategies towards specific outcomes related to autism.
I have been involved in international projects and spent the summer of 2019 developing an autism education program in Muscat, Oman.
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. I also lead the Facebook community group ‘Autism and Inclusive Teaching Ideas’ for teaching staff and family members to share and contribute successful teaching and learning strategies and ideas.
My mission is to provide high quality, personalised and sustainable support to equip professionals and parents with the tools and strategies needed to meet a range of needs, in order to maximise outcomes for autistic and neurodiverse learners.
I provide bespoke outreach & consultancy to schools and services to upskill staff and build capacity, which will have measurable impact on improving outcomes for children with autism or related needs.
I deliver tailored, interactive training workshops to develop teaching practice, knowledge and practical skills related to understanding and supporting autistic individuals and those with associated needs.