I started my journey helping children with Mental Health difficulties whilst studying Psychology at University. That is when I realised the importance of early intervention to help shape emotionally intelligent, resilient adults of the future.
After working with Westminster Association for Mental Health and The Medical Foundation, facilitating group sessions and working as a Play Therapist, I decided to become a teacher. I have worked as a SENCO, a Lead Behaviour Professional and Pastoral Support Coordinator and for the last ten years, as a Specialist Teacher for children with Communication and Interaction Needs.
During my career, I have supported pupils in many settings including primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, covering independent schools as well as special schools.
My special interests are working with Children and Young People (CYP) with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as Social and Emotional Mental Health Difficulties. I have an Accredited Level 3 AET Certificate in ASD and a Level 2 in PDA.
I especially enjoy working with professionals sharing my experience and working alongside them to create an inclusive learning experience in schools. I also work closely with those who care for CYP out of schools including Childminders, Scout Leaders and Employers.
As a mother of four boys a 'happy' home is very important to me. Having a son with Autism has helped me understand things from a different perspective. I appreciate the importance of working as a team including the involvement of extended family. I am passionate about listening to the 'real experts' who live with the child and sharing the ups and downs throughout their journey.
Series of 6 weekly workshops for parents of children with Autism, exploring practical strategies to help at home.
One day training for school staff working with pupils with PDA tendencies. Looking at theory and practical strategies to reduce potential barriers to learning.