Autism Specialist Teacher, Trainer, Coach & Mentor
BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, PGCE Early Years Specialism
After studying a BA (Hons) degree in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies and PGCE with Early Years Specialism, I have spent the past 13 years teaching in various mainstream and autism specialist schools, with the last 3 years in the 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 autism, learning, communication, sensory processing and importantly, the need for a personalised, holistic approach to teaching children.
I am dyslexic and this partly fuels my extreme passion and understanding of the benefits of visual and practical learning supports, as well as multi-sensory teaching approaches!
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 and more.
I currently deliver tailored autism-related training to educational professionals and services and provide nurseries and schools with outreach support through coaching, upskilling and building capacity. This is all to enhance understanding across a setting about autism and effective teaching strategies that can be personalised to meet individual needs.
I completed a 2 year action-research project when developing the outreach model and the findings indicate that upskilling and developing the knowledge of school staff, empowered teachers and teaching assistants with a wide range of strategies to utilise and immediately implement effective provision, resulting in children making good progress.
I also provide online personalised coaching and mentoring for teachers and parents, to explore personal challenges, strategies, outcomes and solutions, related to autism.
I have recently 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 share effective evidence-based teaching practice, as well as support schools, services and families to personalise these strategies to meet the needs of their unique children, to ensure they make good progress and maximise their potential.
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.